Jordanian government rejects pardon for man in US diplomat murder

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The palace did not elaborate on its reasons for pardoning the prisoners.

“The other convicts will be freed under the special pardon,” Maaytah said, without specifying a date.

The remaining five Salafist jihadists are in jail for plotting to attack former intelligence officers in Jordan, planning jihad against foreign troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and funding terror activities.

Salafists, who espouse an austere form of Sunni Islam, have repeatedly held street demonstrations in Jordan to demand the release of their relatives.

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