Israeli detained in Jordan over drug allegations

A 60-year-old Israeli has been held in Jordan since March 15 for having illegal drugs in his possession. The man's family who are fighting for his release claim the drugs were prescription pills.

By YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA,
March 27, 2017 12:33
1 minute read.
Kamal Ramadan Abu Latif

Kamal Ramadan Abu Latif. (photo credit: COURTESY OF FAMILY)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Kamal Ramadan Abu Latif, an Israeli citizen, has been held in Jordan since March 15 over accusations that he was in possession of illegal drugs. However, his family asserts that the so-called drugs found on Abu Latif were prescription medications for a variety of medical conditions the 60-year-old man suffers from.

Abu Latif, a resident of the Negev town of Rahat, was arrested at the Jordanian border in possession of Tramadex (a pain reliever), as reported by Maariv and confirmed by The Jerusalem Post.

However, according to medical documents notarized by lawyer Shahada Ibn Bari, Abu Latif was prescribed Tramadex along with three other medications for multiple medical conditions, including back pain, leg pain and epilepsy. “It’s shocking,” Ibn Bari told the Post.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


“They just arrested him.”

“This is a person who received this prescription from a health provider in Israel,” one of Abu Latif’s sons told Maariv Online.

“We are on our way to sign the documents, which were translated by a notary into Arabic, to the Jordanian Embassy in Tel Aviv, and then we will go to the Foreign [Affairs] Ministry in Jerusalem so they can sign the documents, and then to Jordan to hand the documents over to the prosecution there.”

Abu Latif’s cousin, Ribhi Abu Latif, blamed the ministry for mishandling the case and said he has no idea of the medical state of his cousin, who he believes is being held in a prison in the Jordanian city of Zarqa.

“He went out on a trip to Jordan and he brought some pills that were prescribed to him, he didn’t have any idea [it would be a problem],” he told the Post.



According to Maariv, the Foreign Affairs Ministry only began dealing with the issue once Maariv notified them of the case. Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said Israel is working on the release of Abu Latif, but would not comment on the circumstances of his arrest.

Related Content

Lana Del Rey at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards New York, U.S., (January 28, 2018).
August 16, 2018
Lana del Rey appearing in Israel

By AMY SPIRO