JORDAN. DEATH SENTENCE ON FATAH ISLAM CHIEF
March 22, 2007: Shaker al-Absi, head of Fatah Islam, a group based in a Lebanese Palestinian refugee camp, has been sentenced to death in absentia by Jordanian authorities who say he is linked to al-Qaeda in Iraq.
Al-Absi said: "We are being accused of many things âŚ they are not true." Al-Absi has been accused by the Lebanese authorities of co-ordinating bus bombings that killed three people last month.
Fatah Islam, which is believed to have hundreds of followers, denies the accusations. Al-Absi says the bus bombings accusation is an excuse to launch a campaign against the refugee camps. (Sources: AlJazeera.net, 22/03/2007)