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Jordan rejects 'Most Wanted' woman's extradition to US

AFP  |  Amman 

Jordan's Supreme today ruled against the extradition of a woman placed on the US Federal Bureau of Investigation's "Most Wanted Terrorist" list.

The upheld a ruling that had been previously issued by an appeals court, the official Petra agency reported.


Ahlam Aref Ahmad Al-Tamimi was blacklisted by the United States in March and charged with "conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction against US nationals outside the US, resulting in death".

The US Justice Department said Tamimi, now in her mid-30s, escorted a Hamas suicide bomber to on August 9, 2001, where he detonated a bomb, hidden inside a guitar, in a Sbarro pizza shop.

The bomb killed 15, including two Americans, and wounded another 122.

Tamimi was arrested and put on trial, where she pleaded guilty, and sentenced in 2003 to 16 life prison terms.

She was released in a 2011 Israeli prisoner swap with the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas. She faces a possible execution or life in prison if she is captured, tried and convicted in the United States.

Petra agency, quoting a judicial source, said the extradition cannot go through because Jordan's parliament has never ratified an extradition agreement with the United States signed in March 1995.

A ruling by a lower criminal in October had said that conditions for an extradition have not been met.

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First Published: Mon, March 20 2017. 20:58 IST
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