The State Security Court in the Kingdom of Jordan today, Tuesday, sentenced to death by hanging a citizen convicted of stabbing 8 people, including 4 tourists, in November 2019, and sentenced to life and 7 years imprisonment against two others who participated in the operation.
In a session held this morning, the same court decided to hang Mustafa Abu Ruwais (24 years old), “the perpetrator of the terrorist tourist stabbing”, by hanging to death.
The military judge, Lieutenant Colonel Mwafaq Al-Masaeed, said that the convicts participated in planning the attack in the archaeological area of the city of Jerash in November 2019, which resulted in the injury of 3 Mexican tourists, one Swiss and 4 local residents, including a security member.
The State Security Court charged Abu Royce with “terrorism” on 26 January.
The indictment stated at the time that Abu Ruwais “embraces the ideology of the terrorist ISIS gang” and intended to join the Islamic State, and was in contact with one of the organization’s members in Syria who “gave him a fatwa permitting targeting foreigners in any region of the world.”
“As a result, Mustafa was determined to carry out a terrorist operation on the Jordanian arena in support of the terrorist organization ISIS and avenge the killing of its leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi,” which occurred during that period.
The same court also sentenced two other defendants, one called “Osama” to life imprisonment with hard labor, and the second “Khaled”, to seven years hard labor.
It is noteworthy that the Jerash governorate contains Roman ruins dating back to the pre-Christian era, including theaters, amphitheaters, columns, baths, waterfalls and walls, and attract hundreds of thousands of tourists annually.
Jordan had witnessed an attack on foreign tourists on December 19, 2016 in the governorate of Karak in the south, which resulted in 10 deaths, including 7 security personnel and a Canadian tourist, and was adopted by ISIS.
The State Security Court issued sentences for those involved in the attack, ranging from death to life to three years in prison.
In the same year, the Kingdom was subjected to 4 “terrorist” attacks, including a suicide bombing attack in June, which was claimed by the Islamic State organization, which killed 7 border guards with Syria.