Death Penalty for Two Jordanians in Cafe Explosions
KUWAIT (AP) _ A court sentenced two Jordanians to death and two others to prison terms Wednesday for the 1985 bombings of two seaside cafes in which 10 people died and 80 were injured.
Only one of the men is in custody. The other three were tried in absentia.
Press reports in Kuwait linked the defendants to Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal, but in handing down sentences the court did not mention any such affiliation.
Mustafa Mahmoud Bayari, 23, received a death penalty. The other man condemned to die, Akram Abdel-Qader Adas, 21, was tried in absentia.
Also tried in absentia were Ibrahim Saad Ibrahim, 23, who was sentenced to life imprisonment and Samih Mustafa Bayari, 24, who was given a three-year labor term.
The court acquitted Rafe’ Mohammed Jumaa, 23, in connection with the cafe attacks, which took place in July 1985.
Bayari earlier was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in an unsuccessful attempt in April 1985 to kill Ahmed Jarallah, the Kuwaiti editor- publisher of the newspaper Al-Seyassah.
The group had been charged with premeditated killing of innocent people, and possession of arms, explosives and ammunition.
The verdict did not say who may have masterminded the explosions or trained the defendants. Kuwaiti newspapers had identified members of the group as Palestinians holding Jordanian passports and belonging to the Palestinian renegade group of Nidal.
Responsibility for the time-bomb blasts had been claimed in Beirut by a group calling itself the Arab Revolutionary Brigades.