ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 06, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: John McWethy) Consideration by Reagan administration of reparations for families of those killed when Iranian civilian plane was downed by United States ship over Persian Gulf reported; scenes shown of grieving families. Reparation cases involving accidental shooting of fishing boat in Gulf in November 1987 and accidental bombing of mental hospital during invasion of Grenada detailed; scenes shown. [Georgetown Univ. Law School Barry CARTER - considers reparations in this case.] [Representative Thomas DOWNEY - calls for linking of reparations to release of hostages.] State Department reported opposing linking of hostages in Lebanon to incident.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Results of ABC News/"Washington Post" poll on reparations and justification for attack outlined on screen. Report introduced.
(Persian Gulf: Mike Lee) Mass funeral services in Bandar Abbas, Iran, for victims aboard downed plane reported; scenes shown from services and of USS Hancock on patrol in Gulf. Stmts. by Iranian president Ali Khamenei and Ayatollah Hussein Ali Montazeri in response to earlier statement by President Reagan reported Positions of Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini and Iran's chief military and pol. leader, Ali Akbar Rafsanjani, detailed. [Iranian SOLDIER - (thru translator) says Reagan should fight against Iranian army and not an unarmed plane.]