Jordan has threatened to quick-monitor the execution of a would-be suicide bomber the Islamic State is trying to free if the terror group kills its captured pilot, it was reported in the present day. The government has apparently warned that Sajida al-Rishawi and other jailed ISIS commanders can be ‘rapidly judged and sentenced’ in revenge for Muath al-Kaseasbeh’s death.
It comes after a deadline for a potential prisoner swap allegedly set by ISIS passed yesterday with no clue over the fate of al-Kaseasbeh or fellow Japanese hostage Kenji Goto. Intelligence sources stated ISIS’s refusal to prove that al-Kaseasbeh was alive meant any deal with the militants was doomed.
Now Jordan has reportedly stepped up its rhetoric by warning of its intent to retaliate if the negotiations end in bloodshed.
Elijah Magnier, the chief international correspondent for Kuwait’s Al-Rai newspaper, told MailOnline: ‘I have a reliable contact in the Jordanian government who says a message has been passed to ISIS. ‘It warns that if they kill the pilot they will implement the death sentences for Sajida and other ISIS prisoners as soon as possible.’ Shortly after reports of the ultimatum emerged, Jordan issued a statement saying they were still waiting for proof that the captured F-16 pilot was still alive.
Jordan had agreed to an ISIS demand to free al-Rishawi who failed to fulfill her Al Qaeda mission as a suicide bomber. In return, ISIS said it would not execute the 26-year-old pilot, who was seized in December after crashing near its HQ in the Syrian city of Raqqa. In its latest audio recording, ISIS threatened to kill al-Kaseasbeh if a deadline was not kept for the release of al-Rishawi by dusk Iraq time yesterday – around 5.30 pm (2.30 pm GMT).
But it appeared to make no promises to release him, another condition the Jordanian government is demanding. It was not clear from the recording what would happen to Mr Goto if the deadline was missed.