Lawyers ask Clinton, Trump to back extraditing terrorist leader
By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
March 28, 2016 04:27
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There are still nearly 300 days until US President Barack Obama leaves office, but his potential successors are already receiving requests to take action against terrorists that his administration declined to take.
The legal organization Shurat Hadin-Israel Law Center submitted a formal request in August 2014 to then-American attorney-general Eric Holder asking the Department of Justice to take all necessary steps to compel the government of Turkey to extradite Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri to face justice in the US for his role in the kidnapping and murder two months earlier of American-Israeli Naftali Fraenkel and Israelis Eyal Yifrah and Gil-Ad Shaer. More than a year and a half later, the lawyers did not receive a response, so they turned to the front-running candidates for president.
In a letter to Democratic favorite Hillary Clinton and Republican front-runner Donald Trump, Shurat Hadin lawyers Nitsana Darshan-Leitner and Robert J. Tolchin, asked for their public support for their request that the US government seek the extradition and prosecution of terrorists who have been involved in the murder of American citizens abroad. In the letter, the lawyers informed the candidates about the circumstances of the abduction and murder of the three teens.
“On August 20, 2014, Saleh al-Arouri, speaking on behalf of Hamas at an Islamic conference in Turkey, boasted that the kidnapping and murder of Fraenkel, Yifrah and Shaer (which he called a “heroic operation”) was carried out by Hamas’s [armed wing] Izzadin Kassam in an attempt to arrange a ‘swap deal’ for the release of Hamas terrorists held by Israel,” the lawyers wrote. “It was from Turkey that Arouri planned and directed the Hamas operation that led to the kidnapping and murder of the three teenagers.”