JORDAN. DEATH PENALTY COMMUTED FOR AL-QAIDA MILITANT CONVICTED OF SLAYING A US DIPLOMAT
November 28, 2007: Jordan's military court commuted a 2004 death sentence against an al-Qaida militant convicted of slaying a U.S. diplomat five years earlier to 10 years in jail.
According to the brief verdict handed down by Jordan's State Security Court, the judges concluded that while Mohammed Ahmed Youssef al-Jaghbeer was involved in terrorist actions, he did not intend to kill the diplomat
Al-Jaghbeer, 36, was convicted in absentia in April 2004 and sentenced to death for his role in the slaying of U.S. diplomat Laurence Foley, who was gunned down outside his Amman home on Oct. 28, 2002. Foley worked at the United States Agency for International Development.
Under Jordanian law, al-Jaghbeer - a Jordanian of Palestinian origin - was allowed a retrail in 2005 after he was captured in Iraq and extradited by U.S. forces to Jordan. (Sources: AP, 28/11/2007)