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Jordan Probes Lawmakers' Zarqawi Links

Jordan is preparing legal action against four parliament members who were detained after offering condolences for the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian-born terrorist killed in Iraq last week.

A government spokesman says the state security court is investigating the case, following complaints by relatives of scores of Jordanians killed last year in Amman, in a bomb attack that Zarqawi organized.

Four members of the Islamic Action Front party visited Zarqawi's family home in the town of Zarqa to offer condolences last week, after the 39-year-old terrorist was killed in an attack by U.S. and Iraqi forces. One of the legislators is said to have praised Zarqawi as a martyr.

Hundreds of people demonstrated in front of parliament in Amman Monday, demanding the expulsion of all Islamic Action Front deputies. The political arm of the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood movement is Jordan's largest opposition party.

A Jordanian court had sentenced Zarqawi to death in absentia for killing an American diplomat four years ago. The triple suicide bombing that Zarqawi's "al-Qaida in Iraq" group carried out in Jordan's capital last year killed more than 50 people.

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