Friday, September 23, 2005

Moving back in time - to May 16, 2001

Every now and then I go back through the news archives. This morning, I came across this article about the now-infamous Abu Mus'ab al Zarqawi, dated May 16, 2001.

Jordanian Court To Begin Trial of Al-Qa'idah Organization Member Hijazi
16 May 2001
Source: AL-RA'Y newspaper, Amman, Jordan

The State Security Court will today, Wednesday, begin the trial of Ra'id Hijazi, one of those accused of belonging to the Afghan Al-Qa'idah Organization, which belongs to Usamah Bin-Ladin. This will be his second trial, since he was tried the first time in absentia, as he was absconding from justice. Then he was arrested in Syria and delivered to Jordan.
Hijazi, who was sentenced to death by hanging, faces several charges.

These are: Possessing explosive materials without any license for use illegally and collectively contrary to the provisions of Article 12/2 of the penal code, possessing an automatic weapon with a license for use illegally and collectively contrary to the provisions of Article 11/A of the Firearms and Ammunitions Law No. 24 of 1952 and Article 76 of the penal code, manufacturing explosive materials collectively without any license contrary to Article 12/A of Explosives Law No. 13 of 1952 and Article 76, plotting to carry out terrorist actions contrary to the provisions of Articles 147 and 148 of Penal Code No. 16 of 1960, entering into criminal agreement to commit crimes against people and property contrary to the provisions of Article 157/A of Penal Code No. 16 of 1960, and belonging to an illegal organization contrary to the provisions of Articles 159 and 160 of the penal code.

The court will also try Ahmad Fadil Nazzal al-Khalayilah, alias "Abu-Mus'ib al-Zarqawi," born in Al-Zarqa, currently residing in Afghanistan, and absconding from justice; and Lu'ay Muhammad Haj Bakr al-Saqqa, alias "Ali al-Turki Al-Daktur Ala," a Syrian national currently residing in Germany and absconding from justice. Both of them face the charge brought against them in the bill of indictment issued by Ma'mun al-Khasawinah, public prosecutor at the State Security Court. The charge is carrying terrorist actions contrary to the provisions of Articles 147 and 148 of Penal Code No. 16 of 1960.

(Description of Source: Amman Al-Ra'y in Arabic -- Jordanian daily of widest circulation; partially owned by government.

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