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Extremist cleric Abu Qatada pled not guilty to terrorism charges, and challenged the authority of the court. He was previously tried and sentenced in absentia by Jordan in 1999 and 2000, but has a right to retrial while present. After a brief hearing, the judge adjourned the trial until Dec. 24. Yesterday a court sentenced a Jordanian man to five years' hard labor for illegally entering Syria and fighting there.
The trial of radical cleric Abu Qatada has been set for Dec. 10. Qatada was extradited from Britain in July to face terrorism charges stemming from plots against Westerners in Jordan over a decade ago. The army said over 1,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in the past 72 hours. The Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood plans to try three founders of the reformist Zamzam splinter group in an internal shura council court.
The Islamic Action Front, as well as Civil Aviation head Mohammad Quraan, criticized Israel's plan to build a new international airport at Eilat very near to Jordan's international airport at Aqaba. Authorities last week arrested Salafi jihadist leader Khalil Alkam a.k.a. Abu Obidah along with three others who were also seeking to travel to Syria to fight with rebel forces. So far 30 other members of the Salafi jihadist movement have been arrested; 20 for planning to join fighters in Syria and 10 for attempting to illegally cross the border into Syria. Officials say the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are recruiting in Jordan; over 400 Jordanians are said to have been recruited for Syrian jihad.
Prime Minister Ensour said Jordan would take no part in a military intervention in Syria, and that Jordan supports a peaceful resolution to the Syrian conflict. He stated that Jordan's cooperation with the US has been limited to training Jordanian troops to confront operations that may involve chemical weapons. The terrorism trial of al Qaeda-linked cleric Abu Qatada begins next week.