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Abed Shihadeh a.k.a. Abu Mohammed Al Tahawi, a hardline Islamist leader on trial with over 60 other Salafi Jihadists for inciting violence in April 2011, challenged the court's authority and asked to be freed on bail. Over 700 Syrian refugees entered Jordan in the past 48 hours. Border guards foiled an attempt on April 5 to smuggle "huge caches of light and medium weapons and explosives" into Jordan from Syria. On April 2, the State Security Court sentenced eight terrorists in a 2004 plot by Azmi al Jayousi, a Jordanian al Qaeda operative who planned to kill at least 80,000 people with toxic chemicals; six received life terms and two others were sentenced to 15 years each.
Border guards arrested four people who illegally entered Jordan from Syria, and wounded four more in a clash at the border. Authorities said three other people who had been fighting with groups in Syria voluntarily surrendered upon entering Jordan. Over 760 refugees crossed over at illegal entry points into Jordan from Syria in the past 48 hours. King Abdullah urged Lebanese parties to stop intervening in Syria.
Interior Minister Majali said that terrorism presents the greatest threat to the Arab world, and urged his Arab counterparts to cooperate on the issue. Parliament's lower house sought to expel the Israeli ambassador and recall Jordan's envoy to Tel Aviv in protest against the killing of a Jordanian judge last week, and voted for the early release of a Jordanian soldier who murdered seven Israeli girls in 1997.
Israeli security forces killed Raed Zuaiter, a Palestinian judge working in Jordan, at the Jordan river crossing into the West Bank, in an altercation. The parliament is considering a revised antiterrorism bill that makes it a crime to fight with, or seek to join, radical groups. Mohammad al-Shalabi a.k.a. Abu Sayyaf, a Jordanian Salafist leader, criticized the bill as "amending the law to classify some 2,000 young people who are fighting [in Syria] as terrorists" so they could be sent to prison. Officials began closing illegal crossing points from Deraa in Syria into al-Ramtha.
Some 120 Islamist prisoners, including extremist cleric Abu Qatada, began a hunger strike to protest conditions of their detention. Two days ago, Qatada threatened to boycott his retrial on terrorism charges. Over the past several months, Jordanian authorities have arrested scores of jihadists trying to travel to Syria.
During his retrial on terror charges, extremist cleric Abu Qatada said al Qaeda's two branches in Syria, the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, should stop infighting and offer "unequivocal submissiveness" to al Qaeda's emir. "Our brave Jihadists in Syria should unite their ranks and be obedient to Dr. Ayman to prevail in the war," he stated. Qatada also pled not guilty and castigated the judge. Shadi Al Bazayaah, a longtime Salafi jihadist, has reportedly been killed while fighting for Al Nusrah in Syria. Amman resident Mustafa Khater was sentenced to five years in prison for links to Al Nusrah. An estimated 2,000 Jordanian jihadists are said to be fighting in Syria, and about 80 percent of them are fighting alongside Al Nusrah.