Life Sentence for Jordan Soldier In Killing of US Troops

Jordanian judges preside over the trial on Monday of Marik al-Tuwayha charged with the murder of three American military trainers. The military court in Amman found Tuwayha guilty of shooting the trainers as they waited to enter the King Faisal base at A

Jordanian judges preside over the trial on Monday of Marik al-Tuwayha charged with the murder of three American military trainers. The military court in Amman found Tuwayha guilty of shooting the trainers as they waited to enter the King Faisal base at A

A military court in Jordan has sentenced a soldier to life in prison with hard labor for killing three U.S. military trainers at the gate of an air base in the south of the Arab country.

The court in the Jordanian capital found that 39-year-old Maarik Al-Tawaiha was guilty of shooting dead the military trainers as they waited at a checkpoint in vehicles at the King Faisal base in southern Jordan. Jordan initially said the Americans triggered the shooting by disobeying entry rules, a claim that was later withdrawn.

Tuwayha - who is not thought to have links to any militant groups - told the military court in the capital Amman he had opened fire after hearing gun shots.

Jordan said after the incident a year ago that the U.S. troops had disobeyed the orders of the Jordanian military at the gate of the base and triggered the shooting. We appreciate the access provided to us and to the families of the victims, as well as the expedience and seriousness of the court proceedings, consistent with Jordanian law.

Jordanian judges preside over the trial of Maarik Al-Tawaiha, charged with the killing of three American military trainers outside an army base past year, on July 17, 2017, in the Jordanian capital Amman.

The Jordanian government said the police captain had been a troubled individual, but security sources said he was an IS supporter.

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