Jordan convicts mentor of Iraq's al-Qaida chief

By the Associated Press | July 28, 2011 | 5:44 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's military court has convicted the mentor of the slain al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi on terrorism charges.

The court on Thursday sentenced Palestinian-born Isam Mohammed Taher al-Barqawi to five years in prison.

Al-Barqawi and three other Jordanian-Palestinians, including a fugitive who was tried in absentia, were found guilty of "plotting terrorism" and also recruiting militants in Jordan to join the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The fugitive also received a five year sentences while the other two were handed 2 1/2 year prison terms.