Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Jordan

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Jordan

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April 20: In Amman, a military prosecutor opened the trial of 15 suspected followers of Saudi dissident Usama bin Ladin. The 28 suspects, 13 of which had been sentenced in absentia, were accused of conspiring to attack tourist sites throughout Jordan. [4121 NYT, WP, WSJ]

April 25: Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that two women had been killed by relatives for having allegedly committed adultery. [4/26 NYT]

The High Criminal Court reduced to manslaughter the charges against 5hehader Frawi, a Jordanian accused of strangling his wife. [4/27 FBIS]

The Amman daily Al-Dustur reported that Amman Governor Qaftan al-Majali had banned a protest to be held demanding the lifting of sanctions on Iraq. [5/2 FBIS]

May 23: The Amman daily Jordan Times reported that police officers had testified to confiscating from an alleged terrorist group "potentially explosive materials, sketches of hotels and address of Israeli diplomats," found in the possession of key defendant Khadr Abu Hoshar. [5/24 FBIS]

May 25: The Amman daily Star reported that Jordanian police had arrested writer and satirist Basil Talluri for an article he had published in the weekly Al-Mir'ah, in which he criticized Arab leaders. [5130 FBIS]

June 6: In Washington, DC, King `Abdallah met with US President Clinton to discuss Arab-Israeli peace talks as well as expanding bilateral trade between the United States and Jordan. [617 NYT] June 7: Khadr Abu Hoshar, the key defendant in the trial of fugitives suspected of links with Saudi dissident Bin Ladin, said that his confession had been obtained through torture. …

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