We reported last week on the unsealing of a criminal complaint against Ahlam al-Tamimi, the mastermind of the 2001 Sbarro Pizzeria suicide bombing in Jerusalem, U.S. to seek extradition of Ahlam Tamimi, the Savage of Sbarro Pizzeria bombing.

The Sbarro bombing killed fifteen people, including two American citizens. Ahlam’s only regret, expressed multiple times in interviews (see prior posts) is that she did not kill more people.

As we have pointed out in prior posts, Ahlam is a ghoul who took pleasure in killing children, and became joyful when a reporter informed her that more children had been killed than she originally thought.

She was released in October 2011 as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange.


[Ahlam al-Tamimi arriving at Amman airport after being freed in the October 2011 Shalit deal][Image via This Ongoing War]

Last Friday it became apparent that Jordan unlikely to extradite Ahlam Tamimi, the Savage of Sbarro pizzeria bombing.  The Tamimi clan was confident Jordan’s highest court would reject the extradition request:

“We are fully confident that the court of cassation will issue a ruling endorsing the verdicts made by the first instance and appeal courts that rejected the [US] extradition request,” the family stated in a press release on Thursday.

“The case is still in Jordan’s court of cessation and a definitive decision is yet to be made,” the family said.

“The Jordanian monarch, government, and judiciary will remain the guardians of their nationals and will not allow anyone to harm them or undermine their human value,” the family said with confidence.

The Jordanian Court of Cassation is Jordan’s highest court, according to an official website.

The Petra News Service in Jordan reports that the Cassation Court has upheld the lower court decision rejecting the extradition request, Cassation Court rejects extraditing Tamimi to US authorities

Amman, March 20 (Petra)–The Court of Cassation approved a decision taken by the Amman Court of Appeal not to extradite Jordanian citizen Ahlam Tamimi, to the US authorities.

A judicial source told Jordan News Agency, Petra that Kingdom and the United States singed an extradition treaty on March 28, 1995, but was not approved by the Jordanian parliament.

The source said that a request sent by a foreign country to concerned authorities in Jordan to extradite criminals, are not usually accepted as long as the extradition treaty is not effective.

Al Tamimi was accused of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction against a U.S national.

The family of Malki Roth, who was killed in the bombing, made this comment on their website:

We think there’s much here that needs to be verified, checked and documented and that, just because a legal source is said to have made a decision in Jordan, it doesn’t necessarily follow that this amounts to a decision similar to a decision by a superior court in another country. A lack of quality, inquisitive reporting makes real answers hard to find.

In any event, as people who are deeply interested in the outcome of both the legal process and the extradition process, we will keep looking into ways to somehow encourage an outcome more consistent with the interests of justice.


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