US Embassy in Amman : Jordan is a strategic partner

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 17, 2017

A military court convicted a Jordanian soldier on Monday in the shooting deaths of three US military trainers at a Jordanian air base and sentenced him to life in prison with hard labor.

The soldier, Marik al-Tuwayha, had opened fire on the trainers in November as their vehicle approached al-Jafr airbase in November.

It demoted him, removed him from military service and handed him a sentence of "hard labor for life".

The murder of the three troops, who were working for the CIA, represented the deadliest attack on an agency unit since a suicide bombing in Afghanistan killed seven US personnel in 2009.

"I have all the respect for the king, but I was doing my job", he said as he walked out of the courtroom, according to the Associated Press. Jordan initially said the Americans triggered the shooting by disobeying entry rules, a claim that was later withdrawn.

The US soldiers' family members were in court to hear the verdict on Monday. Relatives of the slain U.S. soldiers also had criticized Jordan's handling of the case.

Jordan said after the incident previous year that the United States troops had disobeyed the orders of the Jordanian military at the gate of the base and triggered the shooting.

Defense attorney Subhi al-Mawas said he would appeal the sentence.

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