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Prague seeks answers as Palestinian envoy's body flown home
Published Tuesday 07/01/2014 (updated) 08/01/2014 20:46
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An undated picture made available by his family shows Palestinian
ambassador to the Czech Republic Jamal al-Jamal sitting at a desk in
an undisclosed location (FAMILY HANDOUT/AFP/File)
PRAGUE (AFP) -- Czech authorities are seeking answers over an arms find at the Palestinian mission in Prague, as the body of an envoy killed by an apparently accidental explosion there was flown home.

The coffin bearing the remains of 56-year-old Palestinian ambassador Jamal al-Jamal was placed aboard a regular flight to Amman from where it will be repatriated to the Palestinian Territories, the Czech CTK agency reported.

Jamal, who had been ambassador to the Czech Republic since October, died on January 1 of injuries caused by the explosion, which police suggest was triggered by an anti-theft device inside a safe Jamal was manipulating.

They have ruled out an assassination.

This version of events has been contested by the late diplomat's daughter Rana al-Jamal, who believes her father was murdered.

On Sunday Czech police announced that investigators had found 12 weapons inside the Palestinian mission in Prague where the New Year's day explosion happened.

At the same time Prague police chief Martin Cervicek denied media speculation that an arsenal of more than 70 weapons had been kept at the embassy, but would not give details.

Cervicek said the weapons discovered included submachine guns and pistols, which would undergo DNA and ballistic tests.

The Czech Foreign Ministry on Monday denounced a "flagrant violation of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations."

"The Czech Republic expects the Palestinian side to explain clearly and without equivocation the situation concerning these arms found in the Palestinian mission," it said in a statement.
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1 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
07/01/2014 10:13
And the PA swears it is ready for statehood?

2 ) They should ask the SWISS / who will prove to them
07/01/2014 10:51
he was POISONED by the ISRAELIS! everyone knows this!

3 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
07/01/2014 11:37
Ooops. The PLO apparently can't break away from its old ways of planning for more terrorist attacks. Storing offensive weapons in an embassy for use in attacks on civilians is a definite no-no and against international law.

4 ) Give / Me
07/01/2014 14:08
When did palestinians explain something clearly? Only when they are begging for money. You can hear clearly : "give me, give me, give me".

5 ) Mosaad Mourad / UAE
07/01/2014 15:06
Usual hasbara put out by Zioneests to avert the international communities eyes from the truth. For sure the amabassador's daughter speaks the truth. The Arab world is not blind to this attrosity. Justice will preevail.

6 ) Colin Wright / USA
08/01/2014 02:50
'Prague seeks answers...' More likely, Prague knows the answers.

7 ) Colin Wright / USA
08/01/2014 02:55
To Brian #3: 'Ooops...' Hey Brain.The oops moment already happened. It was when it turned out that (a) the safe was an ordinary safe that was in daily use, and that (b) it was out of the hands of mission immediately before the explosion. I see you weren't too badly hurt in that dust-up in Qusra, by the way. Which one is you?
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