Investigation into PA ambassador's death to finish by end of month
Published Monday 20/01/2014 (updated) 21/01/2014 09:54
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Investigations into the death of the Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic Jamal al-Jamal, who died earlier this month, are expected to conclude within the next two weeks.
The Undersecretary of the Palestinian Authority foreign ministry, Taysir Jaradat, told Ma'an that there are no clear suspects yet, but he expects the investigations to be finished by the end of the month.
Jaradat added that the PA had already sent a letter to the Czech government apologizing for not notifying the country about the weapons that were found at the embassy and explaining why they were there.
The letter also expressed hope of preserving the good bilateral relations between the countries, he said.
He explained that the embassy did not inform the Czech government about the weapons because they were in old luggage brought by previous ambassadors.
He added that the weapons were antique weapons and had been given as gifts.
Jamal al-Jamal was killed on Jan. 1 after an explosion which occurred when he opened a safe in the embassy.
Palestinian Authority officials have previously said the explosion was "accidental," and was due to the triggering of a device attached to the safe to protect it.
But the former ambassador's daughter has charged that the information about a safety device on the safe is true, alleging that her father was assassinated.