Jordan proposes prisoner swap, fate of Japanese IS hostage unclear

(Reuters) – Jordan offered on Wednesday to hand over an Iraqi woman on death row for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack if a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State was freed.

Government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani made no mention of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, a veteran war reporter who is also being held by the insurgent group.

“Jordan is ready to release prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi if the Jordanian pilot Lieutenant Muath al-Kasaesbeh is released and his life spared,” Momani was quoted as saying on state television.

Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh later said on his official Twitter account that a Jordanian request for proof that Kasaesbeh was safe and well had gone unanswered.

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