Deadline passes with no word on Jordanian pilot

COMBO - This combination of two photographs shows the detail of a poster of an undated photograph of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, left, used during a demonstration calling for his release from the Islamic State group and a still image from video, right, of Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman sentenced to death in Jordan for her involvement in a 2005 terrorist attack on a hotel that killed 60 people. Jordan said Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 it is willing to swap the woman held on death row in Jordan for the Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group. (AP Photo)

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A deadline set by Islamic State militants has passed — and there’s no word on the fate of a Jordanian pilot or his fellow hostage, a Japanese journalist.

The militants had threatened to kill the airman at sunset unless an al-Qaida prisoner was freed from death row in Jordan. But Jordan demanded proof that the pilot is still alive.

The imprisoned woman was involved in deadly Amman hotel bombings a decade ago.

A Jordanian government spokesman indicated this afternoon that any possible swap was on hold and said the imprisoned terrorist was still in Jordan. He said, “We want to see a proof of life of the Jordanian pilot and then we can talk about the exchange.”

Meanwhile, the wife of the Japanese hostage — who had kept silent up to now — is making a desperate plea for her husband’s life. And she revealed that she has exchanged emails with his captors — receiving one in the past 20 hours that appears to be “their latest and final demand.”

She says the governments of Jordan and Japan have to understand “that the fates of both men are in their hands.”

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