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Hijacking / Croatians / Arraignment / Details #45238

ABC Evening News for Monday, Sep 13, 1976
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(Studio) 5 hijackers who took American domestic flight from New York City to Montreal to Paris arraigned today in NYC. Hijackers' intent was to dramatize Croatian fight for independence from Yugoslavia. 4 men and 1 woman held on bail of $1 million each on federal charges; New York state says will try to bring them to trial 1st for murder of police officer killed when bomb believed connected with hijacking incident went off.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(NYC) Julienne Busic faces court 1st; shows casual manner. Neither she nor husband, Zvonko Busic, show signs of remorse. Court proceedings noted: US attorney says life lost because of 3rd hijacker, Petar Matavic; Magistrate Simon Krine comments on actions of hijackers and sets bail. United States government must now go to grand jury to seek air piracy indictments; expected to do so in next few days. Chances considered increasingly strong that New York state will bring murder charges in death of policeman.
REPORTER: Bill Stewart Artist: Anthony Accurso

(Studio) During hijack, details of identity and motives of hijackers scanty.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(NYC) Details of hijacking filled in by reporter (Photos taken by hostage shown.) Hijackers required leaflets with regard to Croatian independence from Yugoslavia to be dropped over Chicago, Montreal, NYC, London, and Paris. When plane crippled by officials in Paris, hijackers returned to United States on French military transport; hostages returned on commercial flights. (Scenes in Paris and Kennedy International airports shown.) Background of hijackers noted; friends at Croatian Catholic church in Manhattan talk about them. [WOMAN - says they're not criminals but freedom fighters. World should expect more of these things, because they've tried other ways to free Croatia.] Hijacking happened as older exiled Croatians met for funeral of cong.'s leader Executive committee sends telegram to NYC policeman's widow; discusses future of movement. [Croatian national cong. rep. Janko SKRBIN - says United States and all United Nations must help Croatia become free state.] Hijacking has dramatized Croatians' cause and exposed bitterness to world.
REPORTER: John Martin

(Studio) Federal Aviation Administration says hijackers able to board Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) jet at La Guardia because they carried nothing dangerous; says hijackers decided not to carry weapons because security measures would have detected them.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Martin, John;
Reasoner, Harry;
Stewart, Bill

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