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Jordanian Court Sentences Zarqawi Financier


A Jordanian court has sentenced a man to six months in prison for raising funds for wanted militant Abu Musab al Zarqawi.

The court said Bilal al-Hiyari helped fund the al Qaida-linked militant's attacks in Iraq. Hiyari was acquitted on charges that he helped plan the attacks.

Prosecutors said Hiyari visited Zarqawi in the Iraqi city of Fallujah in July 2003 and later returned to Jordan to raise money for the attacks.

Prosecutors did not say how much money was raised, but linked Hiyari to the purchase of a car used in a recent suicide bombing in Iraq.

Terrorist ringleader Zarqawi is blamed for organizing a series of deadly attacks on U.S. coalition and Iraqi forces.

Some of this information provided by AP and Reuters.