Jordan hands investigation file to Israel

Jordan’s Foreign Ministry hands Israel the file containing results of the investigation into the incident near the Israeli embassy.

Elad Benari, Canada ,

Israel-Jordan border
Israel-Jordan border

Jordan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday handed the Israeli government the file containing the results of the investigation into the incident near the Israeli embassy in which an Israeli security guard shot and killed two Jordanians.

According to the Jordanian news agency Petra, Jordan asked that the guard be prosecuted as per Article 31 of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic ties for the crimes he committed.

Earlier on Friday, the Israeli Foreign Ministry announced that Israel had launched an initial probe into the incident.

"Israel is conducting a process of examining the incident, in accordance with the usual legal procedures in such cases. The State Attorney, in coordination with the Attorney General, instructed all the parties to hand over the materials in their possession that relate to the incident,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“As part of the relations between Israel and Jordan, Israel will update Jordan on the developments and findings of the investigation,” it added.

The security guard was lightly injured when a Jordanian worker stabbed him with screwdriver at his residence adjacent to the embassy.

After he was stabbed, the security guard opened fire on the assailant, killing him. A second Jordanian national, reportedly the security guard’s landlord, was also killed.

Following the attack, Jordanian officials demanded Israel turn over the security officer for interrogation – despite his diplomatic immunity.

Israel’s announcement of the probe came a day after Jordan’s attorney general announced that he intends to pursue murder charges in an international court against the security guard.

The Attorney General, Akram Masadeh, also said he intends to have the guard charged with possession of illegal weapons.

He acknowledged the guard could not be tried in Jordan because he has diplomatic immunity there, but said he would have no immunity in an international court.

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