WASHINGTON — The Justice Department delivered a formal request Tuesday for the extradition of a Lebanese hijacking suspect from West Germany as U.S. efforts were begun to prevent any retaliatory attacks, officials said.
"The extradition request has been delivered to the German authorities," said Justice Department spokesman Patrick Korten. "We have filed all the necessary papers and supporting documentation."
The extradition request for Mohammed Ali Hamadi, 22, accused of conspiracy to commit air piracy and murder in the June, 1985, hijacking of TWA Flight 847 and the death of a U.S. Navy diver on board, now goes to the West German courts for approval, officials said.
The Justice Department previously agreed to West German demands to waive the death penalty for Hamadi if he is convicted.
Law enforcement officials acknowledged concern about possible retaliation by terrorist groups in Lebanon against U.S. or West German citizens for Hamadi's arrest and the extradition attempt.