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Israeli court extends detention of Jordanian lawmaker

The decision of the Israeli court to extend the detention of Jordanian parliamentarian Imad al-Adwan could signal that the affair could take time to be resolved.
An Israeli security officer mans the control booth at the crossing point to Jordan (background), in the city of Jericho in the occupied West Bank, on January 28, 2021. - The Allenby (King Hussein) bridge crossing is due to be closed in the evening as part of restrictions to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

Israel's military court ruled on Sunday to extend the detention of Jordanian parliament member Imad al-Adwan, who was arrested a week prior on suspicion of smuggling weapons into the West Bank.

The news was announced by Adwan’s lawyer, Jawad Boulos, who added that Israeli authorities are preventing him from meeting with his client.

The Jordanian Foreign Ministry announced on April 23 that Adwan was arrested at the Allenby Bridge crossing point. Israeli authorities issued a gag order on the affair, and the Israeli Foreign Ministry has declined to comment on the matter. The only comment made by Israel was a short statement by Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, who told Ynet news that details of the affair were still being clarified. 

"There was intelligence on possible smuggling into Israel," said Cohen, adding that he did not blame the Jordanian government for the affair. Nevertheless, the minister stressed that the incident was serious. Ynet reported that Adwan has been questioned by the Shin Bet.

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