AMMAN, Jordan (AP) – The spiritual mentor of al-Qaida’s reputed leader in Iraq was arrested early Wednesday on suspicion he made contacts with terror groups since his release from prison a week ago, Jordan’s deputy prime minister said.
Isam al-Barqawi, also known as Sheik Abu-Mohammed al-Maqdisi, is said to have taught radical Islamic ideology to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, head of al-Qaida’s branch waging a bloody insurgency in Iraq.
Deputy Prime Minister Marwan Muasher said al-Barqawi was detained because “there were contacts between him and terrorist groups outside Jordan” since his release.
“He was arrested to find out the nature of these contacts,” he added. Muasher declined to provide other details. “If the charges are proven right, then he will be taken to court.”