AMMAN (AFP) – The Jordanian public prosecutor has called for the death penalty against alleged would-be suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi over last November’s triple bombings of Amman hotels in which 60 people died.
“I ask for the death penalty for all of the accused,” the prosecutor told the state security court trying the case in the Jordanian capital.
Rishawi, an Iraqi woman, was the only one of eight accused to appear in court, with the other seven either on the run or dead.
She pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing in May after she was charged with trying and failing to blow herself up during a wedding reception.
The November 9, 2005 suicide attacks were claimed by the Al-Qaeda group in Iraq of Islamist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi who was killed in a US air strike last month.
Rishawi was arrested four days after the bombings and later confessed on state television that she tried but failed to activate an explosives belt at the Radisson SAS hotel — one of the three bombed — where a wedding was under way.
Her Iraqi husband Ali Hussein al-Shammari blew himself up in that attack.