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UPDATED: 17:21, October 04, 2006
Trial of suspect in Amman shooting to open today
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The trial of Nabil Ahmad Issa Jaaoura, who reportedly killed one British tourist and injured six others in a shooting at the Roman Amphitheatre in Amman last month, is expected to open at the Jordanian State Security Court on Wednesday.

"The tribunal set Wednesday for Jaaoura's opening trial and is expected to ask the defendant if he has appointed a lawyer before asking him to enter a plea," a judicial source was quoted by the Jordan Times as saying.

The state prosecutor officially charged Jaaoura, 38, with carrying out terrorist attacks, causing the death of one person, and possessing an unlicensed gun.

If convicted, the suspect could face the death penalty.

According to the charge sheet, Jaaoura, who lost two of his brothers during Israeli attacks on Lebanon in 1982, had been plotting to "kill foreigners to avenge the death of his two brothers in Lebanon and bought a gun five years ago".

Jaaoura claimed that the "Israeli aggression against Lebanon in August" pushed him to carry out his plans, court documents said.

On Sept. 4th, Jaaoura shot at a group of foreign tourists and their tour guide in Amman's Roman Amphitheater, killing a British man and wounding six others. If convicted, the suspect could face the death penalty.

Source: Xinhua

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