Jordan Ready To Trade Inmate For Pilot Held by ISIS

Jordan wants evidence that the pilot is alive and in good health first

Jordan is ready to swap a prisoner convicted of a deadly terrorist attack on a hotel for a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State militants, a top Jordan official said Wednesday, but there was no word on whether a Japanese hostage facing a 24-hour deadline would be included in any exchange.

Mohammed Al Momani, Jordan's minister for media affairs and communications, said in a statement that Jordan "is ready to release the Iraqi prisoner, Sajida al-Rishawi, if the Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, is released unharmed,'' according to Jordan's state-run news agency, Petra.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said on Twitter that Jordan had asked for "evidence about the health and safety" of the pilot, but that it had not received any response.

Al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman, has been sentenced to death in Jordan for involvement in a 2005 terror attack by suicide bombers on an Amman hotel that killed 60 people, most of them attending a wedding reception. She survived after her suicide vest failed to explode.