Jordanian House calls for pardon of schoolgirl shooter

April 12, 2013 at 9:16 AM

AMMAN, Jordan, April 12 (UPI) -- More than half of the Jordanian House of Representatives called for the pardon of a Jordanian soldier who shot seven Israeli schoolgirls to death.

A petition signed by 110 members of the House called for the release of Ahmad Musa Mustafa Daqamseh, who is currently serving a life sentence, Ynetnews reported.

Daqamseh shot and killed the seven girls who were on a school field trip in 1997 in Naharayim, near the Israel-Jordan border.

Former Jordanian Justice Minister Hussein Mjali previously called Daqamseh a "hero," saying, "If a Jew killed Arabs, they would have built a monument in his honor."

Daqamseh told police after the shooting: "I don't know what happened to me."

"I lost control and acted," he added, saying his actions were not prompted by anyone else.

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