Eight Militants Get Death for Killing U.S. Official

Jordan's military court convicted eight Muslim militants (searchand sentenced them to death for the 2002 killing of a U.S. aid official in a terror conspiracy linked to Al Qaeda (search).

The court also handed down jail terms ranging from three to 15 years for two other men convicted in the conspiracy, which began with the killing of Laurence Foley (search), 60, an Amman-based administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Foley was gunned down outside his Amman home on Oct. 28, 2002.

Col. Fawaz Buqour, the court's president, acquitted the 11th defendant, Numan al-Hirsh, saying there was no evidence to implicate him in the conspiracy.

The guilty verdicts can be appealed.