Nearly two hundred prisoners were released from jail in Jordan on Monday (January 8) in an amnesty marking King Hussein's recent wedding and the religious festival of Eid Al-Adha, which begins on Sunday (January 14).
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Background: Nearly two hundred prisoners were released from jail in Jordan on Monday (January 8) in an amnesty marking King Hussein's recent wedding and the religious festival of Eid Al-Adha, which begins on Sunday (January 14). A number of the prisoners were Palestine commandos under sentence of death following the fighting between commandos and Government forces in September 1970.
Sentences against a number of other prisoners were reduced.
SYNOPSIS: The Jordanian authorities have released nearly two hundred prisoners in an amnesty granted to mark two occasions - King Hussein of Jordan's recent wedding to his third wife, and the four-day Moslem festival of Eid Al-Adha, or the Sacrificial Feast, which begins on Sunday.
Among the reprieved prisoners were Palestine commandos under sentence of death, following fighting between commandos and Government troops in September 1970. The Government also reduced sentences against another two hundred or more people, including an unspecified number under sentence of death. The amnesty was granted by Royal Decree, signed by King Hussein after being prepared by his Cabinet.
The releases came at two jails - one in Amman, the capital, and the other in the desert town of El Jafir, in South Jordan. The King recently married a Jordanian girl from a prominent West Bank family, after divorcing his British-born wife, Princess Muna. His new bride became the Queen of Jordan, while Princess Muna was granted a pension and a palace on the outskirts of Amman.