January 19, 1987 |
The United States has agreed reluctantly not to seek the death penalty against a suspected Lebanese terrorist arrested in the 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847, clearing a critical hurdle for his extradition from West Germany, the Justice Department announced Sunday.
July 20, 1996 |
A Palestinian man who admitted killing two passengers and wounding three others during a hijacking that left 60 people dead was convicted of air piracy Friday. Jurors rejected an insanity plea by Omar Mohammed Ali Rezaq, who faces life in prison when he is sentenced in U.S. District Court on Oct. 7 by Judge Royce Lamberth. Rezaq, who commandeered EgyptAir Flight 648 shortly after takeoff from Athens on Nov. 23, 1985, argued that he was driven insane by the Middle East conflict.
September 13, 1988 |
West German businessman Rudolf Cordes, held hostage for nearly 20 months by an Iranian-backed Shia Muslim group in Lebanon, was freed late Monday in Beirut after his kidnapers said they were given assurances that the terrorism cases against two Lebanese on trial in West Germany would be "settled." Syrian officials said that Cordes, the 55-year-old manager in Lebanon for the Frankfurt-based Hoechst chemical company, left Beirut by car and arrived in Damascus late Monday.