Ignoring an official request submitted by Israel, Jordan released four Jordanian prisoners who were sentenced to life imprisonment. The murderers were sentenced in Israel for the murder of Capt. Yehuda Lifschitz and First Sgt. Pinchas Levy in 1990, and were handed over to the Jordanian authorities a year ago to continue serving their sentence.
The four – Salem Yousef Salame Abu-Jalun, Khaled Abd el-Rizek Abu Jalun, Amin Abd el-Karim Alsanae and Suleiman Tahah Mohammed Ajluni – were handed over to Jordan as a gesture to King Abdullah.
In the framework of their transfer, it was agreed that Jordan would not grant them an amnesty, at least for a year and a quarter after their transfer, meaning from December 2009, but a clause was added to the agreement stating that the king could grant them an amnesty if Israel decided on a massive release of prisoners as a gesture to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Since the cabinet on Sunday approved the release of 200 security prisoners, the Jordanians saw themselves as acting in accordance with the agreement.
When the issue was discussed through discreet channels, Israeli officials said it would prefer that the release be delayed by few more weeks so that it would not be linked to the gesture to Mr. Abbas. The Jordanians rejected the request and the four were released yesterday morning.
Reached at her home, Pinchas Levy’s mother told the Israeli media that she was greatly disappointed with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who had assured and reassured her that the murderer of her son would never be released from jail by Jordan.
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©The Bulletin 2008