US Wants Israel to Extradite Palestinian-US Senator
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -
The Bush administration wants Israel
to extradite a convicted Palestinian bomber to face the death
penalty in the United States for killing three U.S. citizens in
Israel in 1996, a U.S. senator said on Sunday.
Sen. Arlen Specter told CNN's Late Edition that U.S.
Attorney General John Ashcroft (news - web sites) supported extraditing Hassan
Salameh to the United States for the 1996 bus bombing in
"Attorney General Ashcroft told me that he was interested
in doing this, and that we ought to pursue it and take up the
specifics," the Pennsylvania Republican said.
Specter said top Israeli officials have also shown an
U.S. law considers the murder of any U.S. citizen, while
outside the United States, a capital crime, subject to the
"I don't see any reason in the world why that man ought not
to be brought back to the United States and tried in a U.S.
court, where he can get the death penalty," Specter said.
The Justice Department (news - web sites) had no immediate comment.
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