Jordanian Soldier Sentenced to Life in Prison for Killing US Trainers

Jordanian military court

Jordanian military court

A Jordanian soldier has been sentenced to life in prison with hard labour for killing three U.S. military trainers past year.

He was sentenced to "hard labour for life", a term which lasts 20 years but could extend to life in jail, a judicial official told AFP.

First Sergeant Marik al-Tuwayha was accused of shooting the American soldiers, who were staying on the base to train Jordanian troops. He was also found guilty of disobedience of military orders and dishonorably discharged.

Some of the family members had criticized Jordan's handling of the case and said the maximum possible sentence of life in prison was not severe enough, calling for the death penalty.

"I have all the respect for the king, but I was doing my job", Tuwayha said as he was led out of the courtroom.

Al-Twayha claimed he had opened fire because e feared the base was coming under attack.

Jordanian authorities initially claimed the United States nationals had been killed when their vehicle failed to stop.

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But video footage of the shooting, described by the relatives who have seen it, said the shooting lasted six minutes, and shows the defendant reloading his gun and shooting at the Americans, even as they waved their hands and yelled, "We're Americans!"

This is not the first time a USA service member was killed in the country.

Tawaiha, who has been in custody since November, said that he opened fire on cars carrying the U.S. trainers after hearing gunshots and suspecting an attack on the base.

Staff Sgt. James Moriarty, 27, of Kerrville, Texas, Staff Sgt. Kevin McEnroe, 30 and Staff Sgt. Matthew Lewellen, 27 were all members of the U.S. Army's 5th Special Forces Group, "Green Berets".

"We also request that Jordan allow the Federal Bureau of Investigation to reinterview M'aarek Abu Tayeh to see if he is ready to acknowledge why he chose to kill our sons", Moriarty wrote.

At the trial, al-Tuwayha and some of the gate guards testified they heard what might have been a pistol shot coming from the direction of the USA convoy. Other guards said they held their fire because they couldn't determine the source of the sound. During the trial, he testified that he harbored no animosity towards Americans.

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