November 03, 2006

Jordan Charges Three in Hamas Terror Conspiracy

Jordan's military prosecutor charged three Hamas operatives of a terror conspiracy involving attacks against Jordanian intelligence officers, Israeli visitors, and unspecified sites in the kingdom, according to the indictment obtained Thursday.

Jordanian authorities arrested 20 alleged Hamas operatives in April on suspicions they were monitoring Jordanian intelligence officers and foreign tourists for possible attacks.

The three Jordanian men of Palestinian origin appeared on Jordan TV in May and confessed to conspiring to carry out terrorist attacks and to acquiring weapons and ammunition for Hamas.

Jordanian television showed footage of weapons, including dozens of hand grenades and Iranian-made Katyusha rockets, that it said were seized during raids since April.

The militants monitored and photographed the Israeli embassy, the residence of the ambassador and other staff, and offices of Jordanian businesses that deal with Israeli companies.