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February 11, 2016 10:41 am

Jordan Rejects French Request to Extradite Suspects in 1982 Paris Attack on Jewish Deli

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The Jo Goldenberg restaurant in Paris, which was attacked by terrorists in 1982. Photo: Wikipedia.

The Jo Goldenberg restaurant in Paris, which was attacked by terrorists in 1982. Photo: Wikipedia.

JNS.org – Jordan has reportedly rejected a French extradition request for two suspects wanted for the 1982 murder of six people in a Jewish restaurant in Paris.

The request was rejected on a technicality involving the application date of the extradition treaty between the two nations, according toAFP.

In 1982, six people were killed and 22 wounded by two gunmen who entered the Chez Jo Goldenberg restaurant in the predominantly Jewish Marais neighborhood of Paris and fired at customers. One of the two men suspected of carrying out the attack, 62-year-old Zuhair Mohamad al-Abassi, who is of Palestinian origin, was arrested in Jordan last year before the extradition treaty between Jordan and France became valid.

The second suspect, 54-year-old Nizar Tawfiq Hamada, has escaped justice in France because the statute of limitation on his alleged crime has expired.

An unidentified Jordanian source “close to the case” told AFP that Jordan does not like to extradite its citizens, instead preferring to put them on trial in “specialized Jordanian courts.”

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  • fortune

    Not holding my breath.

  • dante

    in jordan, it’s about hate and fanaticism and paranoia on the one hand and fear of possible political instability if jordan appears to cooperate against the terrorists. justice in these kinds of cases does not mean much; the jordanians don’t care about that.

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