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UPDATED: 10:08, January 28, 2007
Jordan upholds death penalty for the failed female suicide bomber
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Jordan's highest court rejected on Saturday an appeal by the failed female suicide bomber who has been sentenced to death for her role in the series bombings which killed 60 people in Jordan in 2005, according to released court documents.

The highest court ratified the death penalty of the 35-year-old Iraqi woman al-Rishawi who was "guilty beyond doubt of possessing explosives and having had the intention and the will to carry out terrorist attacks, of which the outcome is destruction and death."

At least 60 people were killed and over 100 wounded in a series of bombings in Radisson, Grand Hyatt and Days Inn hotels in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Nov. 9, 2005, the worst terrorist attacks in the country's history.

Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi was later captured by Jordan's security forces and had confessed initially on Jordanian television to failing to detonate her explosive belt in a hotel.

However, during her trial which started on April 24, 2006, Rishawi has pleaded not guilty in the trial and her defense lawyer told the tribunal that Rishawi suffered from a psychological problem.

On Sept. 21, 2006, the Jordanian military court sentenced Rishawi and six others to death who were accused of attempting to carry out the terrorist attack. The six others, including another Iraqi woman, were sentenced in absence and remain at large. They are believed to be hiding in Iraq.

Source: Xinhua


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