Monday, October 18, 2004

Abu Musab Zarqawi

Abu Musab Zarqawi is to be tried in Jordan, in absentia, for "an alleged plot to attack the U.S. Embassy in Amman and Jordanian government targets with chemical and conventional weapons."

Jordan's military prosecutor indicted Abu Musab Zarqawi, one of the most wanted insurgents in Iraq, and 12 other alleged militants Sunday for an alleged plot to attack the U.S. Embassy in Amman and Jordanian government targets with chemical and conventional weapons, government officials said.

The foiled plot was first revealed by Jordan in April.

Lt. Col. Mahmoud Obeidat summoned nine suspects already in custody and read them the charges in the indictment, the officials said on condition of anonymity. Among the nine was Zarqawi's alleged Syrian right-hand man, Abu al Ghadia.

Four suspects, including Zarqawi, are at large and will be tried in absentia, the officials said. The trial is expected to begin in November.

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