Kidnappers holding a Jordanian in Iraq say he will die in three days unless a failed bomber is freed by Jordan.
A video aired by satellite channel al-Arabiya shows Mahmoud Sulaiman reading a statement saying he will die unless Sajida al-Rishawi is freed.
She attempted to help her husband bomb a Jordanian hotel last month, but her device apparently failed to detonate.
Mr Sulaiman, who works as a driver for the Jordanian embassy in Baghdad, was seized on Tuesday.
The video shows Mr Sulaiman sitting on the ground, surrounded by armed men with automatic guns and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.
A banner in the background bears the name of a previously unknown group calling itself the Hawk Brigades.
Last month’s suicide attacks in Jordan, which killed nearly 60 people, were carried out by Sajida al-Rishawi’s husband and two other men.
They targeted three hotels, including one where a wedding reception was under way.
This is one of those “don’t negotiate with terrorists” situations. While it has been applied as a general rule in the past decade or so I am unsure of it’s application here. We have on the one hand a terrorist who sought to blow herself up at a wedding and on the other hand an innocent Jordanian driver.
If this trade is made is it reasonable to assume the driver would be let go? I doubt it. I think these people want Jordan to be completely hands free when it comes to Iraq, which includes shutting down the embassy. This is an impossibility and I hope it does not happen.
I wonder how the Jordanian government will respond.
More importantly, I wonder how the society will take it.
UPDATE: December 25th
The Jordanian government on Saturday rejected as Ã¢?ÂblackmailÃ¢?Â a demand by the kidnappers of a Jordanian man to release an alleged failed suicide bomber held in connection with explosions that tore through three hotels in Amman in November, killing 60 people.
Ã¢??Throughout its history, Jordan has not succumbed to terrorism or to blackmail,Ã¢?Â government spokesman Nasser Judeh was quoted as saying by the countryÃ¢??s official news agency, Petra.
Ã¢??We urge the kidnapping group, regardless of its name and its address, to free Saidat immediately and without preconditions,Ã¢?Â Judeh added.
Ã¢??The government has listened to the videotape … we are following up the issue with due attention with a view to confirming the information it included,Ã¢?Â Judeh said.
Ã¢??The Jordanian government urges the Iraqi government to take all immediate and necessary measures to ensure SaidatÃ¢??s release. On our behalf, we will not spare any effort to secure his freedom,Ã¢?Â he added. [source]