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A Jor­da­nian court on Mon­day sen­tenced a soldier to life im­pris­on­ment over the killing of three Amer­i­can mil­i­tary train­ers out­side an army base last year.

The mil­i­tary court in Amman found 39-year-old Maarik al-Tawaiha guilty of shoot­ing the train­ers as they waited to en­ter the King Faisal base at Al-Jafr in south­ern Jor­dan on Nov 4.

The charge sheet did not in­di­cate that he had any ties to mil­i­tant groups.

US em­bassy staff and rel­a­tives of the vic­tims were present at Mon­day’s hear­ing, which took place un­der heavy se­cu­rity.

The court sen­tenced Tawaiha to “hard labour for life”, a term that usu­ally lasts 20 years but could stretch to a full life­time, a ju­di­cial of­fi­cial told an AFP cor­re­spon­dent at the court­house. (AFP)

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