Work accident in Prague: The Palestinians explain

The Czechs are looking into the mysterious explosion that took the life of Palestinian Ambassador Jamel al-Jamal at his residence on New Year’s Day. An arms cache was subsequently discovered in the related diplomatic facility. As you might guess, neighbors of the Palestinian diplomatic facility are not too thrilled.

The Czech investigation appears to have hit a roadblock insofar as it depends on information to be provided by the Palestinians themselves. A translated Czech Press Agency news story quotes Jiřί Šedivý, described as the head of the security studies section at Prague´s CEVRO Institut (I believe he is also the former First Deputy Minister of Defense and the current Czech representative to NATO):

“I´m horrified. This is not only a blatant violation of diplomatic norms and habits but also of security rules related to keeping such an arsenal, that also impli[cat]es the tragic death of ambassador Jamal al Jamal,” said Sedivy.

He said he is afraid that apart from Prague, similar arms arsenals may also be secretly kept at other Palestinian embassies in Europe and overseas.

“I[n] my opinion this is very probable. The [Prague] blast, which occurred by sheer coincidence, may have uncovered something incredible…on the verge of monstrosity,” Sedivy said.

He said Palestinian representatives have “played theatre” within the investigation into the case so far.

Their possible explanation that the weapons were to help defend the embassy is unacceptable. No one jeopardised Palestinians in Prague, Sedivy said.

“From the beginning it has not been a mere minor local scandal that would be soon over…but an incident of international dimensions,” Sedivy said.

He said the find of the weapons at the future Palestinian embassy is a far more complex issue than how official places have presented it.

Sedivy also said he does not trust the version about the exploding safe that killed the ambassador.

“This is utter nonsense…In my opinion he died as a result of improper manipulation of an explosive,” Sedivy said, adding that the ambassador probably did not respect safety rules for handling an explosive.

Via Daily Alert.

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