IS killers of pilot opened "gates of hell" on themseves: Jordanian interior ministry

Ahram Online , Wednesday 4 Feb 2015

The ministry stresses Amman's execution of jihadists on Wednesday sends a message to IS; spokesperson says Jordan will bury the dead without maiming according to its moral standards

Mazz al-Kaseasbeh
Supporters and family members of Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh express their anger of his reported killing, at the tribal gathering chamber, Amman, Jordan, Tuesday, 3, 2015.(Photo: Reuters)

The Jordanian ministry of interior has issued a statement following the execution of Iraqi female suicide bomber Sajida Al-Rishawi and Iraqi Al-Qaeda member Ziad Al-Karboli at dawn on Wednesday in response to the murder of a Jordanian pilot by Islamic State militants.

The statement said that the execution was carried out based on a judgement issued by state security court on 21 September 2006.

Meanwhile, Ziad Alzoubi, the spokesperson of the ministry said that the Islamic State has opened "the gates of hell on themselves by committing its inhumane crime."

He added that the executions are meant to send a message and not simply response to the Jihadist group.

Alzoubi warned that Muath's blood will be a curse haunting IS even in the afterlife, MENA Egypt's state news agency reported .

"The bodies will be buried and will not be maimed nor burned because this is the kind of morals Jordan has" Alzoubi stated.

The executions were carried out in response to an Islamic State video released late Tuesday showing a captured Jordanian pilot Muath Al-Kassasbeh being burnt alive.

The gruesome video which has sparked global revulsion and vows of combating the jihadist group was the latest in a series of gruesome recorded killings of hostages by IS, AFP reported.

Al-Rishawi was convicted of being involved in conspiracies to carry out terrorist attacks, such as Amman hotel bombings in 2005 that lead to the death of 56. The court of cassation has supported this provision.

IS had offered to spare Al-Kassasbeh's life and free the Japanese hostage Kenji Goto – who was later beheaded – if she were released, as AFP reported.

Following her arrest in 2005, Al-Rishawi confessed that she had taken part in the terror attacks, however she said that her husband was the one who organised everything, CNN reported.

Karboli was sentenced to death in 2007 on terrorism charges, including the killing of a Jordanian in Iraq. The Jordanian court of cassation has also supported this provision.

It was stated that both Rishawi and Karaboli were affiliated with one of the extreme terrorist organisations.

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