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Israel army to open new probe into Jordan judge killing

April 1, 2014 11:33 A.M. (Updated: April 3, 2014 12:22 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- The army said Monday it is to open a new investigation into the March 10 killing of a Jordanian judge by Israeli soldiers at a West Bank border crossing.

The probe will be carried out in coordination with Jordanian authorities, it said.

"The Israeli army prosecutor's office has decided to open a new investigation into this incident," an army spokeswoman told AFP.

"An investigation was carried out immediately after the incident in the form of witnesses being questioned," the army said in a statement.

"But at the instruction of the political leadership, the military command of the Central Region (covering the West Bank) has decided to open a new probe."

The shooting death of judge Raed Zeiter, who is of Palestinian origin, caused a furor in Jordan, which has a 1994 peace treaty with Israel.

Israeli troops killed Zeiter, 38, at a border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan, saying he had attacked them and tried to take one of their weapons.

But his family, witnesses, and Palestinian rights groups dispute the army's account, saying he was killed during a row with the soldiers.
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