A military court in Jordan has sentenced a soldier to life in prison with hard labor for killing three United States military trainers at the gate of an air base in the south of the Arab country.
In November 2015, a Jordanian police captain opened fire at a police training centre near the capital Amman, killing two Americans, a South African and two Jordanians.
The parents of one of the slain US soldiers and the father and sister of another sat quietly as the judge announced his ruling to a crowded courtroom.
Jordanian authorities initially said that the us trainers were shot because they did not stop their vehicle as they drove into the gate, however, the United States disputed that claim and the Jordanian government later changed its position.
Jordan is a key ally to the United States in the region and part of a USA -led military coalition in the fight against the Islamic State. Amman has insisted, however, that several attacks carried out in the country over the past years had no links to terrorists and that the attackers were lone wolves with personal problems.
"We are pleased to see that the perpetrators have been brought to justice", said U.S. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman.
Al-Tuwayha has said he had "no intention of killing anyone" and felt no resentment toward Americans. He said the USA respects Jordan's military process and praised Jordan for adhering to its own laws in resolving the case expeditiously.
"We also request that Jordan allow the Federal Bureau of Investigation to reinterview M'aarek Abu Tayeh to see if he is ready to acknowledge why he chose to kill our sons", Moriarty wrote.
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They yelled that they were friendly forces, the relatives said. He was seriously wounded in the exchange.
"Because the video should have no further restrictions given that it has been offered into evidence, we request release of the video to the families immediately", he added.
On Monday, a Jordanian Military Court issued a guilty verdict against Cpl.
His father Jim described the sentence as "only the first step" in a letter to the Jordanian embassy on Monday, the AP reported. These included allowing the defendant to be re-interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his motive and releasing the security video to the families. Moriarty and another soldier jumped out of their cars to take cover and returned fire from their pistols, according to the descriptions of the video.
Cynthia Lewellen, 53, the mother of Matthew Lewellen, expressed sympathy for all those affected by the shooting, including the family of the defendant.
He was sentenced to "hard labour for life", a term which lasts 20 years but could extend to life in jail, a judicial official told AFP.
His lawyer said the defense respects the court's decision, but that the verdict will be appealed.