JORDAN. NINE MILITANTS SENTENCED TO DEATH
March 22, 2006: Jordan sentenced to death nine Islamist militants for their part in 2002 riots in the southern city of Maan in which seven people were killed.
Four of them were sentenced in absentia by a three-man military court which also handed another militant a 10-year prison sentence. Dozens of others were acquitted.
Among those sentenced to death was Abu Sayyaf, a fiery preacher and alleged al Qaeda sympathiser, who is already serving a 15-year sentence he received in 2004 for a plot to attack Westerners. (Sources: Reuters, 22/03/2006)