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Police Arrest Two More in 1985 Assassination of Jordanian Diplomat

November 11, 1986

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) _ Police said Monday they have detained two more suspects in the 1985 slaying of a Jordanian diplomat, including an employee of Jordan’s Embassy.

They identified the suspects as Adnan Moussa Suleyman Ameri, an interpreter at the Jordanian Embassy, and Ali Kent, a Turk of Iranian descent.

Policemen, speaking on thecondition they not be identified, said it was believed that Kent’s travel agency rented the getaway car to the killers.

They also said Kent was believed to be a member of two terrorist groups, the Shiite Moslem Islamic Jihad and the Palestinian Abu Nidal organization.

A police communique accused Kent and Ameri of being involved in the July 1985 slaying of Jordanian Embassy secretary Ziad Sati, who was shot as he drove to his office, and said Ameri was linked to other terrorist attacks in Turkey.

It listed those attacks as attempted bombings in Ankara, Izmir and Istanbul, sabotage, and plots against foreigners and minority religious groups.

Police officials refused to give more details, saying that would jeopardize their investigations.

An indictment issued last week charged six Palestinians with killing Sati. It said four of those indicted were under arrest and had confessed to the assassination and the other two were being sought.

The indictment also blamed the Abu Nidal group for the Sept. 6 attack on an Istanbul synagogue that killed 22 people and for other terrorist attacks in Turkey. It said the four suspects named in the indictment and arrested had admitted they belonged to the Abu Nidal organization.

No trial date has been set.

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