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February 18, 1987
A tale of two cities: Los Angeles Times, Jan. 19, 1987: attorneys for a group of Arab immigrants facing deportation for allegedly belonging to a Palestinian terrorist group, protested that their clients were being held under "severe conditions of confinement," in violation of their legal rights. Some of the defendants were "kept in isolation," had "lights turned on around the clock" and were denied access to sanitary facilities and denied medical aid. Five of the defendants were being held in a federal center in San Diego, far from their families and lawyers.
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June 16, 1988 | Associated Press
A federal magistrate recommended jail for a former mercenary who refused to answer questions in a $24-million suit that claims former CIA officials and Contra leaders ran a guns-for-drugs smuggling ring. Sam Hall has refused to answer questions during depositions about who trained and paid him in Nicaragua. The suit is set for trial beginning June 27.
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January 15, 1987 | Associated Press
Four U.S. congressmen met Wednesday with Sam Nesley Hall, an American accused of spying by the Sandinista government, and they said he told them he was eating well and exercising. Hall, 49, from Dayton, Ohio, was arrested Dec. 12 in a restricted area near the Punta Huete air force base, 13 miles northeast of Managua. Officials said they found maps of the base and other military installations in his possession. Reps. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.), Daniel Coats (R-Ind.), J. Alex McMillan (R-N. C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1987
A tale of two cities: Los Angeles Times, Jan. 19, 1987: attorneys for a group of Arab immigrants facing deportation for allegedly belonging to a Palestinian terrorist group, protested that their clients were being held under "severe conditions of confinement," in violation of their legal rights. Some of the defendants were "kept in isolation," had "lights turned on around the clock" and were denied access to sanitary facilities and denied medical aid. Five of the defendants were being held in a federal center in San Diego, far from their families and lawyers.
NEWS
January 29, 1987 | MARJORIE MILLER, Times Staff Writer
American adventurer Sam Nesley Hall returned to the United States on Wednesday after apologizing here for "embarrassment" he may have caused Nicaraguans. Hall, 49, the brother of Rep. Tony P. Hall (D-Ohio), said he was treated well during the 47 days he spent in jail on espionage charges. Hall appeared to be fit, although his attorney said he was "tired and nervous." Hall was flown by way of Costa Rica to Miami, where his brother greeted him with a hug at the Miami airport.
NEWS
June 16, 1988 | Associated Press
A federal magistrate recommended jail for a former mercenary who refused to answer questions in a $24-million suit that claims former CIA officials and Contra leaders ran a guns-for-drugs smuggling ring. Sam Hall has refused to answer questions during depositions about who trained and paid him in Nicaragua. The suit is set for trial beginning June 27.
NEWS
December 14, 1986 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, Times Staff Writer
Nicaraguan security forces have arrested an American traveler they said was snooping outside the country's main air base and suspect him of involvement "in a U.S. plan to attack Nicaragua," Foreign Minister Miguel d'Escoto announced Saturday night. The traveler was identified as Sam Nesley Hall, 49, of Dayton, Ohio, and he is being held on suspicion of spying.
NEWS
January 28, 1987 | Associated Press
Sam Nesley Hall, a self-styled soldier of fortune accused of spying in Nicaragua, flew home to the United States today after telling the Nicaraguan people he was sorry he "tried to ambush them." He left Nicaragua this morning and stopped in San Jose, Costa Rica, before arriving in Miami about 12:25 p.m. Hall left the plane with several men and was led quickly to a waiting van, which then drove away. Rep. Tony P. Hall (D-Ohio) was in Miami today to greet his brother.
NEWS
December 17, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
President Daniel Ortega today requested a pardon for American Eugene Hasenfus as a sign Nicaragua wants peace with the United States and said the jailed U.S. mercenary probably would leave the country within hours. Ortega, speaking at the news conference, said he "anticipated" being able to turn Hasenfus over to Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) later today after the National Assembly voted on the pardon. "Sen. Dodd should then be able to travel with Mr.
NEWS
December 22, 1986 | Associated Press
Sam Nesley Hall, arrested 10 days ago on espionage charges in Nicaragua, says he is the sole remaining member of a private "American foreign legion" formed in 1984 after talks with U.S. military officials. He spoke in an interview broadcast Sunday on CBS News' "60 Minutes" program. Hall, who is in a Sandinista prison in Managua, said he knows of no relationship between the group--called "Phoenix Battalion"--and the CIA or the National Security Council.
NEWS
January 29, 1987 | MARJORIE MILLER, Times Staff Writer
American adventurer Sam Nesley Hall returned to the United States on Wednesday after apologizing here for "embarrassment" he may have caused Nicaraguans. Hall, 49, the brother of Rep. Tony P. Hall (D-Ohio), said he was treated well during the 47 days he spent in jail on espionage charges. Hall appeared to be fit, although his attorney said he was "tired and nervous." Hall was flown by way of Costa Rica to Miami, where his brother greeted him with a hug at the Miami airport.
NEWS
January 15, 1987 | Associated Press
Four U.S. congressmen met Wednesday with Sam Nesley Hall, an American accused of spying by the Sandinista government, and they said he told them he was eating well and exercising. Hall, 49, from Dayton, Ohio, was arrested Dec. 12 in a restricted area near the Punta Huete air force base, 13 miles northeast of Managua. Officials said they found maps of the base and other military installations in his possession. Reps. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.), Daniel Coats (R-Ind.), J. Alex McMillan (R-N. C.
NEWS
December 15, 1986 | Associated Press
The man Nicaragua says it arrested on suspicion of spying has described himself as a counterterrorist who began helping the contras in an effort to stop the spread of communism in Central America. "I firmly believe in the domino theory," Sam Nesley Hall said in a June, 1985, interview with the Associated Press, describing himself as a self-employed military adviser and counterterrorist who was teaching commando tactics to the Miskito Indians in Nicaragua.
NEWS
January 28, 1987 | MARJORIE MILLER, Times Staff Writer
A U.S. congressman's brother jailed here on espionage charges will be released today without trial because psychiatrists have determined that he is mentally unstable and unfit to stand trial, government officials said Tuesday.
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