Israeli Ministry of Justice announces that the Israel Police will investigate Jordanian shooting

As Jordan continues to demand that the Israeli security guard who shot and killed two Jordanians last month be tried for manslaughter, the Israeli Ministry of Justice announced today (Friday) that the Israel Police will investigate the incident in cooperation with the State Prosecutor's Office.
The young Jordanian killed Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

The Israeli Ministry of Justice announced today (Friday) that Israel’s State Prosecutor's Office has asked the Israel Police to investigate last month’s security guard shooting in Jordan. The announcement stated that the possibility of requesting additional information from the Jordanian police would be considered.

The ministry emphasized that the decision to turn to the Israel Police was made after consulting Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit. In addition, the ministry stated that the investigation would be carried out with the State Attorney's Office’s assistance.

The purpose of the police investigation, among other things, is to examine how necessary and justified was the security guard’s actions in shooting the two Jordanians. The State Prosecutor's Office had already collected some evidence on this matter, which was transferred to the police today.

Earlier this week, a source in the Jordanian Foreign Ministry said that Jordan’s Embassy in Israel was closely following security guard Ziv Moyal’s questioning – a positive signal from Jordan. However, the source clarified that there is no change in Israeli-Jordanian relations and they still demand that Moyal be tried for manslaughter.

As previously reported by JOL, Jordan's King Abdullah II said his country "continues its historic role of defending the holy sites of Islam and Christianity in Jerusalem," referring to the Temple Mount crisis. “We will continue our historical, political and legal role in preventing the Judaization of the holy places, despite difficult challenges."

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