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Woman to hang over Jordan bombings
Thursday 21 September 2006, 11:45 Makka Time, 8:45 GMT
A Jordanian military court has sentenced an Iraqi woman to death by hanging over a triple bomb attack on a hotel in Amman that killed 60 people last November.
The presiding judge, who cannot be named under Jordanian law, said: "The court has decided to sentence to death by hanging Sajida al-Rishawi for conspiracy to carry out terror acts."
Al-Rishawi, who had pleaded not guilty, remained impassive as the verdict was read out.
Six others who were charged over the attacks and remain at large were also sentenced to death by hanging in their absence.
Among those on the original charge sheet were the three bombers who died in the attacks and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, an al-Qaeda in Iraq leader, who was killed in a US raid in June.
Al-Qaeda in Iraq said it carried out the hotel bombings.
Al-Rishawi was arrested four days after the attack, during which her husband, Ali Hussein al-Shammari, and two other Iraqis, blew themselves up.
In a television confession after her arrest, she said that she too had tried but failed to activate her explosives belt alongside her husband at the Radisson SAS hotel as a wedding reception was under way.
Hussein al-Masri, al-Rishawi's court-appointed lawyer, tried but failed at the onset of the trial to obtain a psychological evaluation of his client, saying she had a family history of schizophrenia.
On one occasion, al-Rishawi told the court that her confessions were made under duress and once she claimed to have been tortured, only to retract her statement minutes later and say investigators shouted at her.
Jordan releases details on would-be bomber (AP) Updated: 2005-11-16 22:12
The would-be Iraqi woman suicide bomber was arrested in the northeastern city of Salt, not Amman, where she sought help from some "relatives," Jordan's prime minister said Wednesday.
The prime minister was referring to Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi, the woman who confessed on television Sunday to planning to blow herself up in one of the three Amman hotels that were devastated in last week's attacks in the Jordanian capital that killed 61 people.
Her husband detonated his belt of explosives in the Radisson SAS hotel, but al-Rishawi told viewers that her detonator failed to activate. Previously it was reported that she was arrested in Amman.
Prime Minister Adnan Badran said that after the failed detonation, al-Rishawi fled to a furnished apartment that she and the other three Iraqis involved in the suicide attacks had rented in Amman's suburbs.
"After the action, the wife Sajida went to the rented apartment, but she (later) went on to Salt because one of her relatives" lived there, Badran told reporters.
While in Salt, "they reported about her and she was seized there," he added. He could not say whether it was her "relatives" who reported her to authorities.
"I am not aware of that yet," the prime minister said when asked about the role of her relatives in her detention. "There was good cooperation from the people in that area and security forces."
Security officials say al-Rishawi's sister was married to a Jordanian who lived in Salt, 17 miles northeast of Amman. A security official has identified the Jordanian husband of al-Rishawi's sister as Nidal Arabiyat, who was reported killed in fighting U.S. troops West of Baghdad in February 2004.
When Nidal's father, Sheikh Mohammad Arabiyat, was asked Tuesday whether al-Rishawi had contacted the family for help, he refused to comment, telling The Associated Press: "Check this with the Intelligence Agency."
Badran reaffirmed that the security services believe no Jordanian was involved in the Nov. 9 attacks.
"There's really no (Jordanian) connection whatsoever," he said. "It was done by the Iraqis, purely Iraqis and no Jordanian was involved at all."
But Jordan's King Abdullah II said he was not so sure in an interview with Corriere della Sera published Wednesday. Asked whether any Jordanians were involved, the king told the Italian newspaper "maybe."
"Now we know a lot more. There might even be more people involved whom we are hunting for," he added.
Al-Rishawi, her husband and two other Iraqis belonging to al-Qaida in Iraq, a group led by the Jordanian-born Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi, arrived in the kingdom on Nov. 5 to carry out the attack, the deadliest seen in Jordan.
In her televised confession, al-Rishawi said she accompanied her husband to a Jordanian-Palestinian wedding party at the Radisson hotel. She saw her husband detonate his belt of explosives, but the trigger primer on her belt failed, she said.
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JORDAN'S 9/11: AMMAN HOTEL ATTACKS
The media are telling us that three suicide attacks were performed by Al Qaeda against three hotels in Amman, targetting Western and Israeli tourists.
However this leaves a number of inconsistencies which show the story might be a bit different :
1) The Radisson hotel attack was performed using a hidden bomb above a fake ceiling. How does this constitute a suicide attack ? How do you place a false ceiling without the hotel personnel noticing something is going on ?
Why is Deputy Prime Minister Marwan Muasher lying about this, claiming the Radisson hotel attack was done by a suicide bomber ?
2) The bombings had a Palestinian wedding among their targets. Why choose this target when trying to kill "Western and Israeli tourists" ? Why were most victims Jordanian and Palestinian and not Israeli or Western ?
3) Four officials of the Palestinian authority were killed in the attacks, among whom the security chief of the West Bank. Were they "random victims" ?
- Major-General Bashir Nafeh, the head of military intelligence in the West Bank - Colonel Abed Allun, director-general at the Palestinian Ministry of Interior - Jihad Fatouh, the commercial attache at the Palestinian Embassy in Cairo - Mosab Khorma, Deputy Chairman of Cairo-Amman Bank in the Palestinian territories / ex-General Director of the Palestinian Telecommunication Ministry
4) Why does the Palestinian authority declare three days of national mourning, because of attacks which allegedly are aimed at Western and Israeli tourists ?
AMMAN, Jordan (CNN) -- Al Qaeda in Iraq, a group led by wanted militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, is claiming responsibility for three suicide bombings in hotels in Amman, Jordan, according to a posting on a Web site Thursday.
Former Belfast Telegraph reporter Mary Fitzgerald was at the Hyatt and the Radisson shortly after both were hit, at around 8.50pm.
"The Radisson blast was caused by a bomb placed in a false ceiling, but we don't yet know what caused the Hyatt blast. Sirens have been blaring since the bombs went off. I saw one man leaving the Radisson with his arm in a sling and I talked a hotel worker who was in quite a state after the blast," she said.
"The strange thing is that no obvious damage appears to have been done to the outside of either hotel. The roads are now blocked off and the area is swarming with police officers and soldiers."
Two high-ranking Palestinian security officials, a senior Palestinian banker and the commercial attache at the Palestinian embassy in Cairo have died in the bombings in Jordan, the Palestinian envoy to Amman said.
Major-General Bashir Nafeh, the head of military intelligence in the West Bank, and Colonel Abed Allun, a Preventive Security Forces official, were killed in the attack at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Ambassador Attala Kheri told The AP.
Jihad Fatouh, the commercial attache at the Palestinian Embassy in Cairo, and Mosab Khorma, Deputy Chairman of Cairo-Amman Bank in the Palestinian territories, too, were killed in the three nearly simultaneous bombings on three hotels in the Jordanian capital on Wednesday night, Kheri said.
GAZA, Palestine, November 10, 2005 (IPC+ Agencies)- - The Palestinian leadership declared three days of national mourning on the victims of the terrorist bombing of Amman, the Jordanian Capital. Flags will be at half-mast for three days to show sadness and respect for people who died in the fatality.
President Abbas condemned vehemently last night the vicious attack on Amman which claimed lives of 57 and at least 300 injuries, designating the incident as a crime against the humanity that poses a threat against the Arab National Security.
On this appalling occasion, President Abbas sent a telegram to the Jordanian king in which he expressed the Palestinians' solidarity with the Jordanian people.
Meanwhile, four senior Palestinian officials killed in the Amman attacks were laid to rest while commemorating Arafat's death. Abbas and the Palestinian leadership attended the funeral. Major General Bashir Nafeh, military intelligence chief in the West Bank, was killed in Thursday's bombing attacks at three luxury hotels in the Jordanian capital Amman. The victims also included Colonel Abed Allun, a high-ranking preventive security forces official, Jihad Fatouh, the commercial attache at the Palestinian Embassy in Cairo and Mosab Khorma,deputy chairman of Cairo-Amman Bank in the Palestinian territories. Jihad Fatouh is brother of Rawhi Fatouh, speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC).
ISRAELI EVACUATION ? Israelis evacuated from Amman hotel hours before bombings
http://www.kuna.net.kw/home/Story.aspx?Lan...=en&DSNO=785762 GAZA, Nov 10 (KUNA) -- Hours before the Amman bombings Wednesday night, many Israelis were evacuated from the Radisson SAS, one of the hotels hit in the attacks, apparently due to a specific security alert, said the Haaretz newspaper on its website Thursday..."
A number of Israelis staying on Wednesday at the Radisson hotel were evacuated before the bombing by Jordanian security forces, apparently due to a specific security alert. They were escorted back to Israel by security personnel.
The Foreign Ministry stated Wednesday that no Israeli tourists are known to have been injured in the blasts. Representatives of Israel's embassy in Amman were in contact with local authorities to examine any report of injured Israelis, but none were received. There are often a number of Israeli businessman and tourists in Amman, including in the hotels hit Wednesday.
Israel's counter-terror headquarters on Wednesday recommended Israeli citizens not travel in Jordan. Travel warnings regarding Jordan were tightened a few months ago, but many Israelis still visit the country. Many also visit other regions such as the Jordanian Arava and the ancient city of Petra.
BEIJING, Nov. 10 (Xinhuanet) -- Three Chinese were killed and one wounded Wednesday evening in bomb attacks against three hotels in the Jordanian capital Amman, said a press release carried on the Website of the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Thursday.
The dead and wounded were members of a delegation from China's University of National Defense, which happened to stay at one of the three hotels, the press release said.
The Foreign Affairs Office of China's Defense Ministry identified the dead as Sun Jingbo, Zhang Kangping and Pan Wei, whowere at the age of 41, 42 and 44, respectively.
The wounded, 42-year-old Yao Liqiang, suffered from a leg fracture. Yao was under medical treatment at a military hospital and was out of danger, according to the Foreign Affairs Office.
BEIJING, Nov. 10 (Xinhuanet) -- A Chinese official working group left here Thursday evening by plane for Amman of Jordan to handle the aftermath of Wednesday's bomb attack, which caused three Chinese dead and one wounded.
The working group consists of officials from the Chinese defense and foreign ministries, sources with the ministries said Thursday. Enditem
AMMAN, Jordan (UPI) -- The students were members of a delegation invited by the Royal Jordanian National Defense College on an academic exchange program, and had been staying at the Days Inn, one of the three hotels targeted by suicide bombers Wednesday.
The other 30 members of the delegation were transferred to a Jordanian military base pending their return to China. They had been scheduled to return home next Monday.
The US Embassy in China is spreading rumors about attacks on Chinese hotels at the moment of the hotel bombings in Amman, which killed a number of Chinese people ?
Chinese police have warned that Islamic militants could be planning an attack on luxury hotels in Beijing in the coming week, the US embassy has said. The authorities pledged to investigate the threat and take appropriate action, the embassy said in a statement.
The warning comes 10 days before US President George Bush visits Beijing.
There is an excellent summary of some peculiarities in the Jordan bombings in Xiaodong People, tying it to warnings given to Israelis in other recent 'terrorist' attacks (we might add the Odigo 9-11 warnings). The original story that the Israelis received warnings has been whitewashed, and the link replaced by a denial. There is, however, reported confirmation of advance warning from Amos N. Guiora, a former senior Israeli counter-terrorism official. You have to wonder why the Israelis chose not to share their wonderful intelligence with the Jordanians (in much the same way that you might wonder why they didn't go into more detail in their warnings to the United States on 9-11, particularly as their intelligence was apparently good enough and specific enough to be able to send Israeli agents to film the attack on the WTC, not to mention cheer it on). The attack did manage to kill the head of the Palestinian intelligence services (not to mention a Palestinian banker and a Palestinian commercial attache), and members of a delegation from China's University of National Defense, with whom the Palestinians might be assumed to be meeting (or at least the Israelis might have so assumed; see Kurt Nimmo on the Chinese connection). Since at least one of the bombs was pre-planted in a ceiling of the hotel, it would be very interesting to know who owned the hotel and could give access to bomb planters. The Jordanian reaction, to blame it all on the same dead man the Americans use as the scapegoat in Iraq, is probably a reflection of the extremely close ties between the CIA and Jordan's General Intelligence Directorate. I think we can probably chalk this one up to the continuing battle between the Israelis and the Palestinians over who gets to be protected by China after the American Empire collapses under the weight of trying to build the Israeli Empire.
The European Union plans to announce the launch of a three-year mission to help the Palestinian Authority build a credible police force, EU officials confirmed yesterday.
Officials said the decision by the EU foreign ministers will not mean European police officers patrolling the streets of Palestinian cities. Instead, the EU plans to provide 33 law-enforcement experts to advise the PA on how to staff, manage and finance Palestinian police forces. Seven such EU experts, including police officers and specialists in criminal identification, are already advising PA forces in the West Bank and Gaza, and 26 more will join them on January 1, when the mission formally begins.
KING ABDULLAH's WEST BANK TRIP
I gues this trip is cancelled as the Palestinian security chief for the West Bank has been killed in the Hotel attacks
A security agreement between Jordan and Iraq went into effect Tuesday amid projections of closer cooperation at the border.
Jordanian Interior Minister Aouni Yerfas told United Press International the terms of the agreement will be implemented immediately in line with the accord sealed last month.
Joint security committees will meet regularly and will exchange information when needed on terrorism, organized crime, border infiltration and the swapping of wanted individuals, Yerfas said.
The agreement was signed "in line with the governments of the two countries' wish to work on boosting Iraq's security and consolidating cooperation between them to tighten control of the border and quell the infiltration of terrorist elements that would jeopardize the security of both states."
The deal prevents the use of either country for the carrying out of terrorist activities, and bars the entry of or assistance to terror suspects. It also mandates that the two sides exchange information on economic crimes as well as smuggling.
The 29th Arab Security Conference will be held next Sunday and Monday in the Jordanian capital, Amman, to discuss ways of backing human rights.
Jordan's Deputy Director of Public Security, Major General Abdulsalam Al Ja'afra, said the conference would review ways of confronting crimes and mechanisms of joint action and reaction to the challenges that disturb security and affect human rights. Other issues such as terrorism and computer crimes will be also tabled for discussion, Al Ja'afra added.
The Jordanian government has reiterated its conditions for Hamas leaders wishing to return to Amman, imposing new stipulations for such leaders that would require their renunciation of all affiliation with Hamas as a condition for retaining Jordanian citizenship upon return.
Official Jordanian sources on Sunday confirmed a Ha'aretz report that senior Hamas officials sought to transfer its operations from Damascus to Amman.
Jordan rebuffed the Hamas attempt and said it was not prepared to host a non-Jordanian movement in its territory. Jordan conditioned the return of Hamas officials to Amman on them forfeiting membership in the organization.
Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry Nabeeh Shuqum on Monday received credentials of U.S. Ambassador to Amman David Hale. During the meeting, the two sides stressed the importance of cooperation relations between the two countries in the various domains. Hale, for his part, praised relations based on mutual respect between Jordan and USA, affirming on enhancing them in all fields.
ISRAEL OPPOSES WEAPONS TRANSFER TO PA, ALLOWS AMMO
Israel gave the green light at the weekend to provide the Palestinian authority with ammunition, this was reported by Israeli daily.
Israeli security sources said that the United States will cover the cost of this deal. The daily added that the Israeli army and Ministry of Defence are opposing transferring weapons to the Palestinian authority.
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AMMAN, Jordan Jan 27, 2007 (AP)— Jordan's highest court rejected an appeal by an Iraqi woman sentenced to death for her role in the al-Qaida-led triple hotel bombing that killed 60 people in Jordan's worst terror attack, according to court documents obtained Saturday.
Sajida al-Rishawi, 35, was intended to be one of the suicide bombers in the Nov. 9, 2005 attack. She entered a hotel ballroom with her husband, both strapped with explosives belts. Her husband set off his belt, ripping through a wedding party in the room.
Initially, al-Rishawi said in a televised confession that her own belt failed to detonate and she fled, but she later said that she was an unwilling participant in the attacks and never tried to set off her blast.
Al-Rishawi was one of seven defendants in the case. The other six remain at large and were tried in absentia last year in Jordan's military court. Like al-Rishawi, the six were sentenced to death by hanging last September. Al-Rishawi appealed her sentence immediately.
But Jordan's Appeals court said it "ratified" the military court's death sentence because al-Rishawi was "guilty beyond doubt of possessing explosives and having had the intention and the will to carry out terrorist attacks whose outcome is destruction and death."
The appeals court's decision is final, but it can be overturned by Jordan's King Abdullah II, the ultimate authority in the kingdom.
An average of 10 people mostly men are executed each year for crimes that include terrorism and premeditated murder.
AMMAN — The State Security Court (SSC) attorney general has referred two death sentences passed against a would-be suicide bomber and a man who shot and killed a British tourist to the Ministry of Justice for endorsement, a senior judicial source confirmed on Thursday.
The first case involves death row inmate Sajida Rishawi who was convicted by the SSC in September 2006 of plotting terrorist attacks against three hotels in Amman in 2005, which left 60 people dead.
Rishawi, 36, is the first woman to receive the death sentence in a terror-related trial in Jordan.
She was declared guilty of possessing explosives with illicit intent and plotting subversive acts that led to the death of individuals.
Six other people being tried in absentia on the same charges were also sentenced to death on the same charges.
Four days after the attacks, Rishawi appeared on Jordan Television and explained how she and her Iraqi husband, Ali Hussein, came to Jordan with two other Iraqi men to launch terrorist attacks against major hotels.
Rishawi said she and her husband each wore explosive belts and headed to the Radisson SAS Hotel, where Hussein blew himself up. The other two suicide bombers detonated their belts at the Hyatt and Days Inn hotels.
She said she attempted to detonate her belt but it malfunctioned so she left the scene and headed to her relative’s home in Salt.
But during the trial, she retracted her confession, saying she had no intention of detonating the belt. An explosives expert who examined the device testified that Rishawi pulled the pin to detonate the device but it failed to explode because of a technical failure.
Around seven women have been executed in Jordan in the past 10 years after being convicted by the Criminal Court and the Cassation Court on charges of premeditated murder.
The second defendant, Nabil Ahmad Issa Jaaoura, was sentenced to hang by the court last December after he was convicted of killing a British tourist and injuring six others at Amman’s Roman Amphitheatre in September.
Jaaoura, a blacksmith, was charged with carrying out a terrorist attack which resulted in the death of one person and illegal possession of a firearm.
Officials said the father of five acted alone and was not linked to any terrorist organisation.
Jaaoura said he carried out the attack to avenge the deaths of his two brothers who were killed in an Israeli attack during the 1982 invasion of Lebanon.
Once the Ministry of Justice approves the verdicts, they will be sent to the Cabinet and Royal Decree for endorsement, the judicial source told The Jordan Times.
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