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Lebanon / Hostage Freed #111666

ABC Evening News for Monday, Sep 07, 1987
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(Studio: Richard Threlkeld) Report introduced.

(London, England: Charles Glass) Release of West German hostage Alfred Schmidt by his captors in Beirut, Lebanon, reported; details given, scenes shown. Schmidt quoted on screen; West German Rudolf Cordes mentioned remaining captive in Beirut. Schmidt's release said following stmts. from Syria that it had been pressuring his kidnappers and claim of Iranian foreign min. Mohammed Javad Iravani that Iran acted as mediator between Bonn and Schmidt's captors. Terrorist organization Holy Warriors for Freedom's statement on Schmidt's release quoted on screen; West Germany reported denying negotiations with terrorists to release Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) hijacker Mohammed Ali Hamadei or his brother Abbas Hamadei. No. hostages believed held by Hizballah in Lebanon mentioned.

(Studio: Richard Threlkeld, Charles Glass) Implications of Schmidt's release for remaining hostages and Syria's involvement considered.

Glass, Charles;
Threlkeld, Richard

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