Jordanian woman, nabbed with knife in Jerusalem 18 days ago, refuses to ID self
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Jordanian woman, nabbed with knife in Jerusalem 18 days ago, refuses to ID self

In unusual case, suspect won’t tell police officers her name, or allow them to take fingerprints or DNA samples, TV report says

Illustrative: Border police in Jerusalem at the scene of an attempted stabbing, September 26, 2019. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)
Illustrative: Border police in Jerusalem at the scene of an attempted stabbing, September 26, 2019. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

In an unusual case in Jerusalem, a Jordanian woman was arrested over two weeks ago, and has since refused to be identified, according to a Tuesday report.

The woman approached police officers in the capital and claimed that her identifying documents had been stolen. She said she was from the Jordanian capital of Amman, had crossed the border into the West Bank city of Jericho, then made her way to Jerusalem, Channel 13 reported.

Her account aroused the suspicions of police officers, who searched her, and found on her person a knife and brass knuckles.

She was arrested, and has since then steadfastly refused to identify herself, or allow her fingerprints or DNA to be taken for purposes of identification.

Police initially thought she had intended to carry out a terror attack, or that she was a hired killer sent to assassinate someone in Israel.

She was eventually charged with weapons possession and residing in the country illegally.

The woman’s lawyer, Chen Holander, said in response to the indictment: “The woman has already been in detention for 18 days and did nothing wrong, only for the fact that she doesn’t know to identify herself, and the Israel Police isn’t able to establish her true identity. I intend to petition the court soon to request her release.”

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