Monday, November 28, 2005

Terror suspects threaten Jordan at trial

If you find yourself on trial and it's not going as well as you had hoped, try this new defense method becoming more and more popular in the Middle Eastern nations...threaten the judge and the entire country with terrorist acts.

Terror suspects on trial for allegedly plotting to blow up Jordan's intelligence headquarters shouted insults at their military judges Sunday and threatened to "exterminate" the moderate Muslim nation. Nothing says "innocent" like threats of extermination and genocide.

One of the defendants, Hassan al-Smeik, shouted during Sunday's hearing that Jordan was bowing to pressure from the United States - its longtime ally - by prosecuting the case against them.
"Terrorism is a badge of honor on our chests until Judgment Day," al-Smeik yelled from the dock as the other defendants hurled insults at the judges. "In the name of God, we're pursuing the path of Jihad until we uproot you, exterminate your state until the rule of King Abdullah II vanishes."

Well argued, gives the jury something to consider when they are deciding your fate. Next time I find myself in court (which is often) I'm going to try that. In the middle of the hearing I'll stand up and threaten to exterminate the state and tell them I wear my crime as a badge of honor and see how it goes. If I was one of the other defendants I would punch this fucking guy in the face.

The defendants could face the death penalty if convicted.
Might want to take the 'could' out of that sentence and change the 'if' to a 'when'. Of course, this is in Jordan. They might only get probation.


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