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Jordan charges Israel embassy guard with murder

Press TV – July 28, 2017

Jordan’s public prosecutor says murder charges have been filed against an Israeli embassy guard, who recently shot dead two Jordanians in Amman.

State media said Friday that Attorney General Akram Masaadeh charged the guard with two counts of murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

The official argued that diplomatic immunity did not mean the “killer” could not be put on trial in his own country.

An Israeli government source, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said Israel was also “giving preliminary consideration to offering compensation to the family of the second Jordanian (the landlord) killed in the incident.”

The development came after Jordan’s King Abdullah angrily urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to put the guard on trial, warning that the issue jeopardizes Amman-Tel Aviv ties.

“We demand that the Israeli Prime Minister abides by his commitment and takes all measures to ensure the trial of the killer, and not handle this like a political show to achieve personal political gains,” Reuters quoted him as saying.

Abdullah made the remarks when he visited the family of one of the victims, during which he pledged that the state would “do everything within its means”| to get justice for the two men.

King Abdullah lashed out at Netanyahu for giving the guard a hero’s embrace after Israel brought him home under diplomatic immunity, saying the behavior was “provocative on all fronts and enrages us, destabilizes security and fuels extremism.”

On Sunday, the guard shot dead Jordanian teenager Mohammad Jawawdah at Israel’s embassy in Amman as well as the landlord of the house in the compound where the guard lived.

During the funeral procession of Jawawdah on Tuesday, thousands of Jordanians protested against Israel, calling on Jordanian authorities to close the Israeli embassy and scrap the country’s peace treaty with Tel Aviv.

Israel claims that the guard had been defending himself in a “terrorist attack” after Jawawdah attacked him with a screwdriver. It is still unclear how the landlord came to be shot.

However, the Jordanian police, who were unable to question the guard, say the guard shot the teenager, who worked for a furniture company and was delivering an order, after they got into a brawl.

King Abdullah also pointed to a previous incident in March 2014, in which an Israeli soldier shot dead a Jordanian judge at a border crossing. No investigation was ever conducted.

“The way Israel handles the embassy case and the judge’s killing and other cases will have a direct impact on the nature of our relationship,” he said.

Many Jordanians have accused the authorities of abdicating sovereignty by allowing the Israeli guard to leave the country, with lawmakers walking out of parliament in protest.

Jordanians are set to hold another protest on Friday to repeat their demand for closure of the Israeli Embassy and tearing up the unpopular peace treaty.

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2 Comments »

  1. It’s time to take a stand against this evil Jordanians and cut off the enemies in your gates…kick out Israel, US, and whoever else they call allies. They will stab you in the back EVERY TIME. Their track records are well known and their lies are always the same. Take back your sovereign country and take a stand against this. Cut off Israel/US to keep your sovereignty. Take courage like Lebanon and Syria…like Iran and now Iraq…and never forget Palestine. You have allies and neighbors who are far more important.

    Comment by Wallflower | July 28, 2017 | Reply

  2. “Israel claims that the guard had been defending himself in a “terrorist attack” after Jawawdah attacked him with a screwdriver”.

    There’s a pattern to the way Israeli armed forces randomly kill this Jordanian, and Palestinians generally. The deceased “attacker” always is carrying a knife(or in this case, a screwdriver). Pardon my cynicism, but attacking an armed military guard with a knife or screwdriver is ridiculously, doomed to failure. And, dropping a knife next to the dead “attacker” is ridiculously easy.
    It may have happened once, but, every time?….I don’t think so.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | July 28, 2017 | Reply


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