Jordanian envoy summoned over calls to release killer

Foreign Ministry official says Israel is "shocked and revolted" by Jordanian Minister's demanding that killer of 7 Israeli schoolgirls be released.

February 15, 2011 17:15
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Jordanian justice minister Hussein Mjali

Jordanian justice minister 311. (photo credit: AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)


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Jordan's ambassador to Israel was summoned by the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday, where he was told that Israel is "shocked and revolted" by the calls by Jordanian Justice Minister Hussein Mjali to release Cpl. Ahmed Daqamesh, a Jordanian soldier who killed seven Israeli schoolgirls in 1997.

"The declarations of the Justice Minister...are all the more pronounced when coming from the minister in charge of law and justice," the Foreign Ministry explained.

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Yaacov Hadas, Deputy Director-General for the Middle East and the Peace Process met with the Jordanian envoy, saying that "Israel views this statement with the utmost severity, and expects the Jordanian government to immediately and unequivocally denounce the minister's statement."

Hadas also demanded that the Jordanian government "express its outright rejection of all calls for the release of the heinous murderer, and that he will continue to bear the punishment imposed on him."

In addition, Israeli Ambassador to Jordan, Daniel Nevo, protested to senior officials in Jordan's government.

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