Jordan has agreed to demands from ISIS that it release Sajida al-Rishawi, a would-be suicide bomber held since 2006, for Jordanian pilot, Lt. Moaz (Muath) al-Kasasbehwho, who was captured in Syria last month, and possibly Japanese journalist, Kenji Goto Jogo.
Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed al-Momani agreed to release al-Rishawi if the Jordanian pilot is released unharmed. There was no mention of Goto, who pleaded for his life in a video released by the ISIS on Tuesday.
However, according to Daily Mail, the Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister reported earlier that Goto would be released ‘within hours’ in the prisoner exchange deal for al-Rishawi.
According to Fox News, earlier Wednesday, Goto’s mother, Junko Ishido, appealed publicly to Japan once more to save her son. She read her plea to reporters, since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Japan’s main government spokesperson both declined to meet with her.
“Please save Kenji’s life. Kenji has only a little time left,” she said.
The Jordanian government is also under growing pressure at home to win the release of the pilot, with his father, Safi al-Kaseasbeh, pleading with Jordan “to meet the demands” of the terror group.