June 24, 1986 |
The captain of the Achille Lauro denied today that he covered up the hijackers' slaying of passenger Leon Klinghoffer and said he offered his own life to prevent the killing of more hostages. Capt. Gerardo De Rosa, testifying in the fifth day of the trial on the seizing of his vessel by a four-man Palestinian team, said he never saw Klinghoffer's body. The body of Klinghoffer, 69, was thrown overboard.
October 13, 1985 |
Leon Klinghoffer never went far from his beginnings. He moved a dozen blocks in 69 years, and when his hard work paid off he gave money to help the Lower East Side settlement houses where he'd grown up. The world now knows him as the wheelchair-bound victim, slain by the Palestinian hijackers of the Achille Lauro.
June 20, 1986 |
The Achille Lauro hijacking trial adjourned abruptly today after two of the Palestinian defendants started yelling menacingly in Arabic across the courtroom. Prosecutor Luigi Carli looked shaken and refused to say whether he or any other authorities in the case had been threatened. He hurried out of the courtroom. The court interpreter was ordered not to translate the defendants' shouts for reporters.
October 22, 1985 |
The tearful widow and representatives of Israel, Egypt and Italy heard terrorist victim Leon Klinghoffer eulogized Monday as another Jonah who was cast into the sea and returned to land. Rabbi Harvey Tattelbaum said Klinghoffer's death was not the will of God. "There is no justification for Leon's murder," he said. "Like Klinghoffer, Jonah, too, was cast into the sea and found his way back to dry land.".
October 24, 1985 |
A hijacker of the Achille Lauro who is reportedly cooperating with investigators may be the one who killed American passenger Leon Klinghoffer, Italian newspapers reported today. The newspapers, quoting unnamed sources, said the story could not be officially confirmed and that investigating magistrates are refusing to make any comment. Il Giornale of Milan, a conservative daily, said in its front page headline that "the killer of Klinghoffer is the pirate who accuses Abul Abbas."
October 14, 1985 |
An ex-hostage on the hijacked cruise ship Achille Lauro said Sunday that a member of the crew told him that he saw two terrorists shoot and kill Leon Klinghoffer, the only person killed during the hijacking, according to today's editions of the New York Times. Stanley C. Kubacki, a Pennsylvania criminal judge, said the ship's chief bartender--the only reported witness to the slaying--had given Egyptian authorities a full account of the slaying Thursday morning.
December 4, 1986 |
Investigators have decided that crew members--not the hijackers--cleaned out the safe of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro during last year's Mediterranean Sea hijacking. Passengers reported immediately after the hijacking that $2 million worth of cash and jewelry contained in 62 envelopes were stolen from the luxury liner's safe during the three-day hijacking off Egypt in October, 1985.
May 22, 1989 |
The Supreme Court assured today that trial of a lawsuit involving U.S. passengers of the Achille Lauro, the Mediterranean cruise ship hijacked by terrorists in October, 1985, will be held in the United States. In a unanimous ruling, the court affirmed a U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that said it was premature for the ship owner to appeal a trial court ruling refusing to dismiss a suit filed by the Americans. The ruling assures at least a trial on the merits of the case in U.S. courts and not in Italian courts, as owners of the cruise ship had sought.
October 21, 1985 |
The body of Leon Klinghoffer, the crippled American slain by hijackers aboard the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro, arrived on U.S. soil Sunday in a flag-draped coffin escorted by a military honor guard. Relatives and elected officials gathered at Kennedy International Airport as the body of the 69-year-old New Yorker arrived shortly after 3:30 p.m. on a flight from Rome. The coffin was wheeled onto an airport runway where a short ceremony took place. Dignitaries, including U.S. Sens.
November 27, 1985 |
The widow of Leon Klinghoffer, the crippled New Yorker slain during the hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro, today filed a $1.5-billion suit against the Palestine Liberation Organization and another suit against the ship's owners and a travel agency. The second suit, filed in U.S. District Court against Achille Lauro Lines, Chandris Cruise Lines and ABC Tours Travel Club of Union, N.J.