Jordan won't allow return of Israeli Embassy staff until 'killer guard is brought to justice'

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Published: 2017-07-27 11:30

Last Updated: 2017-07-27 11:52


Ziv, the guard who killed two Jordanians receives a warm welcome from Israeli PM Netanyahu.
Ziv, the guard who killed two Jordanians receives a warm welcome from Israeli PM Netanyahu.
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The Jordanian government on Wednesday said that it will not allow the return of the Israeli Ambassador or her staff to Jordan, until the Israeli guard who killed two Jordanians on Sunday has been brought to justice.

The government tasked Justice Minister Awad Abu Jarad with following up on the controversial Israeli Embassy case in order to “achieve criminal justice.”

Abu Jarad’s team comprises of State Minister for Legal Affairs Bisher, Khasawneh, and a legal representative of the Foreign Ministry, who will together “recommend a plan for well-planned legal action at all levels, including internationally if necessary, and to be prepared for the stage that follows the prosecution’s completion of the investigation, the trial and the verdict”.

Ziv, the Israeli guard who killed 17-year-old carpenter Mohammad Zakaria Al Jawawda and Dr. Bashar Hamarneh, returned to Tel Aviv on Monday as he was accredited as a diplomat and thus enjoyed immunity.

Jordanian social media users were infuriated by the guard’s return to Israel, as well as not taking kindly to the warm welcome he had received from Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi told CNN that “Jordan acted legally and morally [by complying to international laws on diplomatic missions]. It is upon Israel to do the same and allow for justice to take its course and to stop provocative behaviours that distort the facts here.

“We respected our obligations under international law because the suspect enjoys diplomatic immunity. We agreed with his statement, which we did and we agreed with the Israelis that he goes back. So Jordan did what it had to do under international law and now it is incumbent upon Israel to also do what it has to do under the law, which is to allow for the criminal justice to take its course and also to act morally and allow for justice to happen.”