Jordan hands over Palestininan Al Qaida agent to Israel
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Monday, March 31, 2003
RAMALLAH Ñ Jordan has relayed a Palestinian insurgent to Israel who
was sent to launch operations for Al Qaida.
Israeli and Palestinian sources said Abdullah Wawi was arrested in
Jordan in January on charges of being an agent for Al Qaida. On March 9, the
sources said, Wawi was taken to the Allenby Bridge and handed over to
It was the first reported case of Jordan handing over a Palestinian
suspect to Israel, Middle East Newsline reported. The two countries are said to have increased their
military and security relations amid the U.S.-led war against Al Qaida.
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The Palestinian Prisoner Club, based in Gaza City, said Wawi was held
more than 42 days in a Jordanian prison. The group said he was tortured
during his interrogation by Jordanian agents.
Wawi is the second Palestinian accused of being linked to Al Qaida. On
Feb. 3, an Israeli military court handed down an indictment against Nabil
Okal in the Gaza Strip. Okah was charged with being trained by Al Qaida in
Afghanistan and sent to recruit insurgents for operations against Israel.