Jordan hangs 15, including 10 on terrorism charges

Amman, March 4 (IANS) Jordan on Saturday executed 15 prisoners, including 10 convicted on terrorism charges, in a further break with a moratorium on executions it had observed between 2006 and 2014.

Jordan’s Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammad Momani told the state-run Petra news agency that 10 of the prisoners executed were involved in terrorism plots and attacks. Five others were convicted of other crimes, including rape.

The prisoners were hanged at dawn on Saturday in a jail south of Amman.

Some of the executed men were involved in plotting a terrorist attack in Irbid city in the north of the governorate, Xinhua news agency reported.

One of those executed was convicted of killing several Intelligence Department officers last year.

A man who last year killed leftist Christian writer Nahed Hattar was also among those executed.

The executed include those involved in attacks on the Jordanian Embassy in Baghdad in 2003 and on tourists at the Roman amphitheatre in the capital Amman in 2006.

The minister said all executed prisoners were Jordanians and that they were hanged in a jail located to the south of Amman.

–IANS

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