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Achille Lauro Hijacking Aftermath #300425

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Oct 17, 1985
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(Studio) Collapse of Italian government of Prime Min. Bettino Craxi due to furor over his handling of Achille Lauro hijacking, include allowing terrorist Mohammed Abbas to escape, reported.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Genoa, Italy) Govt.'s fall and Craxi's blame on United States examined; scenes shown. His defense of decision to release Abbas and claim United States military planes violated Italian air space by following EgyptAir plane carrying Abbas from Sicily to Rome outlined. Status of FBI investigation aboard Achille Lauro into Leon Klinghoffer's murder discussed. [United States consul general Richard HIGGINS - notes United States interest in pursuing ca Captain Gerardo de Rosa mentioned denying he witnessed Klinghoffer's death; Italian magistrate said claiming some crew members saw passenger's murder. [Christine WILLIAMS - explains leaving on Achille Lauro now.] New security pre- cautions for ship now described, shown. [Kathryn KAHN - defs. taking post- hijacking cruise.]
REPORTER: Richard Roth

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Near shoot-out between United States and Italian commandos on October 11 over custody of Palestinian terrorists captured aboard their EgyptAir plane by United States Navy interceptors detailed; Italian defense minister Giovanni Spadolini noted supporting Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger's request that United States take custody of hijackers. Actual events said conflicting with Reagan admin.'s public claims. [Press spokesperson Larry SPEAKES - alleges that interception reflects closeness of United States-Italy relations and policies on international terrorism.] United States commander's tracking of Abbas from Sicily to Rome described.
REPORTER: David Martin

Martin, David;
Rather, Dan;
Roth, Richard

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