Police to examine Jordan shooting

Israel Police to conduct an "examination" into fatal shooting of two Jordanians by Israeli embassy guard.

Elad Benari, Canada ,

Embassy in Jordan (archive)
Embassy in Jordan (archive)
Reuters

The Israel Police will conduct an "examination" into the fatal shooting of two Jordanians by an Israeli embassy guard, officials said on Friday.

In the incident on July 23, a security guard for the Israeli embassy in Amman shot dead a Jordanian worker who had come to an apartment to install furniture and who stabbed him in the back with a screwdriver.

A second Jordanian, the apartment landlord, was accidentally killed in the incident as well.

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

Jordan had refused to allow the guard to leave the country. The head of the Shin Bet intelligence agency then traveled to Amman to conduct his own investigation into the incident. The intelligence chief presented the officer's side of the story to Jordanian officials, and after negotiations between King Abdullah and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Jordan agreed to allow the guard to return to Israel.

"The State Attorney's Office, with the approval of the Attorney General, has requested the head of investigations and intelligence division of the Israeli police to conduct a police examination into the shooting incident in Jordan," a justice ministry statement relayed by the foreign ministry said on Friday, according to AFP.

Jordanian authorities might also be contacted "in order to request the transfer to the police of additional materials", it added.

A week ago Friday, Israel announced it had launched an initial probe into the incident, after Jordan demanded that Israel place the guard on trial, despite hearing the results of the Shin Bet investigation and the conclusion that he acted in self-defense after being attacked.

Friday's decision did not amount to an investigation, an Israeli justice ministry official told AFP.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)



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