Israel to transfer four prisoners to Jordan
The Israeli cabinet on Sunday approved a proposal to transfer four Jordanians serving life sentences to Jordan to complete their prison term in their home country, an Israeli government source said. "The cabinet approved the prime minister's propsoal to release four Jordanian prisoners to complete their life term in Jordan," the official said, according to AFP.
An Israeli court sentenced the four Jordanians to life in jail for killing two Israeli troops in November 1990. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made the proposal as a goodwill gesture to Jordan's King Abdullah II who had requested that the prisoners be allowed to complete their sentence in a Jordanian jail.
Meanwhile, an expected vote on the release of 250 Palestinian prisoners was delayed. Olmert had vowed to free the prisoners at a high-profile meeting in Egypt with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and the leaders of Egypt and Jordan last week. Olmert's spokeswoman Miri Eisin had said the release would come up for a vote Sunday at the weekly cabinet meeting. The prisoners slated to be freed are all members of Fatah party.