Jordan releases 46 convicted on terrorism charges

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(AP /Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
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In this April 7, 2011 file photo, King Abdullah II of Jordan speaks to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, unseen, during their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow.(AP /Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Date: Sunday Nov. 27, 2011 9:24 AM ET

AMMAN, Jordan — A senior government official says Jordan’s king has released 46 prisoners convicted on terrorism-related charges, including some with links to al Qaeda.

The official said Sunday that King Abdullah II had issued a special pardon as a “gesture of good will” to give the prisoners another chance in life.

He says that those pardoned Saturday served at least half of their jail sentences, which ranged from 10 years to life.

They include some who were convicted of conspiracy to carry out terrorist attacks against Israeli and American tourists during Jordan’s 2000 millennium celebrations.

One of those to be freed is Raed Hijazi, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Palestinian-Jordanian origin.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to make press statements.


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