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  6/21/2012, Tammuz 1, 5772

Jordan Grants Asylum to Syrian Pilot

Jordan's information minister said, Thursday, that the Hashemite kingdom has granted asylum to fighter pilot Hassan Mirel al-Hamadeh, who flew his MiG 21 from Syria to Jordan. Syria said it is talking to Jordan about getting the Russian-made fighter jet back.

The regime in Damascus says it is treating the defection as treason and will prosecute Colonel Al-Hamadeh to the fullest extent of the law..