Jordan seeks release of pilot along with Japanese reporter in hostage swap

North Gazette News/Amman
Jordan government on Thursday evening put on hold proposed hostage swap of a woman jihadist without proof on safety of pilot held captive by Daesh militants and said that the hostage swap for Japanese hostage Kenji Goto would take place only after they receive proof that he is alive.

A Jordan government spokesperson said that the woman jihadist Sajida al-Rishawi would only be released if the militants give them proof that the pilot is alive and safe.

It is pertinent to mention here that Daesh militants had threatened to kill Jordanian pilot if al-Rishawi is not released by Thursday evening and had also released a video of Japanese war veteran reporter Kenji Goto, saying he had only 24 hours to live if the jihadist was not released.

The proposed hostage swap was earlier to take place on Thursday to secure release Japanese reporter but the Jordan authorities are now seeking release of its pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh who is held by Daesh militants.

Jordan government spokesperson Mohammad al-Momani said that al-Rishawi who is facing death sentence in a 2005 suicide bomb attack case was still being held until the pilot is released, not making any mention of Japanese reporter, Kenji Goto.

Meanwhile, Kenji’s wife had urged both Jordan and Japanese authorities to work together in ensuring the safe release of her husband.

Daesh militants had earlier executed a Japanese hostage who was held captive along with Goto in a video that was released online few days back.