A Jordanian woman who assisted in the 2001 suicide bombing of a Jerusalem restaurant has been placed on the “Most Wanted Terrorist” list of the FBI.
The US case against the suspected terrorist Ahlam Aref Ahmad al-Tamimi was filed under seal in 2013 but announced publicly by the justice department on Tuesday.
Now seeking her extradition, the FBI is leaving no stone unturned to bring the suspect to book, but Jordanian courts have said their constitution does not allow for the extradition of Jordanian nationals.
“This is the first time the US government has attempted to achieve the extradition and prosecute someone involved in a Palestinian attack against the Israeli occupation,” Al Jazeera’s Shihab Rattansi, reporting from Washington, DC, said.
“There have been civil wrongful death suits filed by relatives of Americans killed but this is the first time the government is taking such action.”
The charge against al-Tamimi stems from an August 9, 2001, bombing at a Sbarro pizza parlor that, in addition to killing 15 people, she also injured roughly 120 others. Two of those killed were US nationals.
After her capture, Tamimi, now in her mid-30s, pleaded guilty at trial in Israel and was sentenced in 2003 to 16 life prison terms but was freed from prison in 2011 as part of a prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas.
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