Last Update 14:58
Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Jordan jails six for trying to join Syria jihadists

Jordan, which is hosting more than 500,000 Syrian refugees, has jailed dozens of men convicted of trying enter Syria to fight alongside rebel forces

AFP , Wednesday 18 Sep 2013
Share/Bookmark
Views: 549
Share/Bookmark
Views: 549

A military tribunal jailed six Muslim extremists Wednesday for trying to join the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front to fight against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces, a court official said.

"The state security court sentenced the six Salafist men to two and a half years in jail each for attempting to infiltrate Syria and join Al-Nusra and fight the Syrian regime," he told AFP.

Salafists espouse an austere form of Sunni Islam.

"The convicts, arrested in December as they tried to cross the border, were charged with carrying out acts that would expose Jordan and its citizens to the risk of acts of aggression and revenge," the official added.

The same court on Monday sentenced a Jordanian man to two and a half years in prison for joining Al-Nusra.

Jordan, which is hosting more than 500,000 Syrian refugees, has jailed dozens of men convicted of trying enter Syria to fight alongside rebel forces.

Amman denies accusations from the Syrian regime that the kingdom has opened up its borders to jihadist fighters.

On Monday, Britain's Daily Telegraph cited a study by consultancy IHS Jane's as showing that jihadists and members of hardline Islamist groups make up almost half of forces fighting against Assad -- estimated at about a total of 100,000.

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.