Jordan releases leading Al Qaeda mentor

March 12th, 2008 - 11:42 pm ICT by admin  

Amman, March 12 (Xinhua) Jordanian authorities released Wednesday Sheikh Abu Mohammad al-Maqdisi, a mentor figure for the slain chief of Al Qaeda’s Iraqi networks, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, security sources said. The sources were quoted by local media as saying that Maqdisi was released after almost three years of imprisonment since he was re-arrested in 2005.

However, the sources did not elaborate on the reason behind the release and other details of the case.

Before his re-arrest in 2005, Maqdisi had been jailed for four years between 1995 and 1999, during which he shared a cell with Zarqawi. But both of the two were freed in an amnesty.

Maqdisi is considered by the US intelligence as a major Jihadi mentor who has more influence over Islamist ideology than leading militants.

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