Israel Police to Open Preliminary Investigation Into Jordan Embassy Shooting

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Ambassador to Amman, Einat Schlein and the embassy security guard with Prime Minister Netanyahu
Ambassador to Amman, Einat Schlein, and the embassy security guard involved in the Amman shooting earlier in the week, meet with Netanyahu at the Prime Minister's Office, July 25, 2017.Credit: Haim Tzach/GPO

Israel's Ministry of Justice announced on Friday that the State Prosecutor's Office has requested the opening of a preliminary investigation into last month's shooting involving an Israeli embassy guard in Amman, Jordan. The request was made on behalf of Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit.

An Israeli embassy guard, Ziv Hai Mordechai Moyal, shot and killed two Jordanian nationals after one of them attacked him in the Jordanian capital.

According to the ministry's statement, the investigation will be overseen by the State Prosecutor's Office. Depending on its outcome, Jordanian authorities may be requested to transfer additional information.

Earlier on in the week, an Israeli official confirmed that Amman had officially notified Israel that the Israeli ambassador to Jordan would be unable to return until an investigation into the incident is opened.

Jordan’s attorney general last week announced that he intends to pursue murder charges in an international court against the security guard. 

Jordanian Attorney General Akram Masadeh also wants the guard charged with illegal weapons possession, the Jordanian news agency Petra reported.

Masadeh said the guard cannot be tried in Jordan because he has diplomatic immunity there. Nevertheless, he said, the guard would have no immunity in an international court.

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