CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 21, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Frankfurt, West Germany: Derrick Blakely) Beirut kidnapping of West German national Alfred Schmidt, preceded earlier in week by abduction of another German, said interpreted as effort to pressure West Germany into not extraditing accused Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) hijacker Mohammed Hamadei to United States; details given, scenes shown. Hamadei mentioned also chgd. with murder of United States Navy diver Robert Stethem. [German government SPOKESPERSON - cites need for caution now; remarks transcribed on screen.] Bohn said asking Lebanon's prime minister, Syria and Iran to intervene with Moslem kidnappers. Possibility hostage negotiator Terry Waite will be allowed to visit captives Terry Anderson and Thomas Sutherland mentioned. Dilemma faced by Chancellor Helmut Kohl noted.
(DC: Bernard Goldberg) [In Canada, Vice President George BUSH - notes United States commitment to prosecuting Hamadei.] [Attorney General Edwin MEESE - expects Hamadei's extradition soon.] [Terrorism expert James ADAMS - foresees incrd. terrorism against Americans, especially in Mideast.] [Former hostage Father Bill McDONNELL - opposes being intimidated by thugs.] [Terrorism expert Robert KUPPERMAN - agrees.] Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) hijacking reviewed; scenes shown.