Jordan soldier gets life for killing United States troops
17 Juillet, 2017, 16:03 | Author: Claudine Rigal
According to Jordanian news outlet al-Ghad, the soldier who shot three USA military trainers last November in al-Jafer airbase in Ma'aan governorate has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a Jordanian military court.
It demoted him, removed him from military service and handed him a sentence of "hard labor for life".
The Jordanian had pleaded not guilty.
But the U.S. embassy said the trial had confirmed Staff Sgt Matthew Lewellen, Staff Sgt Kevin McEnroe and Staff Sgt James Moriarty "had been following procedure" when they were killed, according to the Associated Press news agency.
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Jordanian authorities initially said the trainers had been killed after they failed to stop. Relatives of the slain U.S. soldiers also had criticized Jordan's handling of the case.
The shooting happened in November at the gates of a Jordanian military base.
The U.S. Embassy in Jordan said in a statement that the trial and conviction "confirmed that the deceased U.S. service members followed all established procedures when accessing the base the day of the incident, as we have noted before".
Jordan is a close ally of the United States and has been participating in coalition airstrikes purportedly against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.
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