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Israel Has Until July to Ask U.S. for PLO Member’s Extradition

Mahmoud AI Abd Ahmad, a naturalized U.S. citizen arrested last Wednesday for his role in a fatal attack on a bus in Israel last year, is being held without bail in the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

Israel has until the first week of July to deliver a formal extradition request for him, according to John Gleeson of the U.S. Attorney’s office. Meanwhile, Ahmad is free to make a bail request.

Ahmad, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, was arrested as he arrived at Kennedy International Airport from Venezuela, where he was expelled for entering the country illegally.

He is charged in Israel with murder and attempted murder in taking part in a two-man attack on an Egged civilian bus in Beit Arieh near Latrun on April 12, 1986. The driver was killed and two passengers were wounded.