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Washington, DC Hostages #47638

ABC Evening News for Friday, Mar 11, 1977
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(Studio) Details with regard to deal to free hostages cited.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) Release of Khaalis noted. Justice Department played key role; Attorney General Griffin Bell praises police department and defends release of group leader [BELL - asks if anyone's criticizing fact that hostages freed.] Court proceedings in arraignment of other 11 terrorists cited. Possible legal procedures and charges noted.
REPORTER: Tim O'Brien Artist: Freda Reiter

(Studio) Court action in release of Khaalis has many puzzled. Georgetown University prof. Herbert Miller has been asked reasons for court action. (Interview shown.) [MILLER - cites reasons for Khaalis' freedom.] Anchor asks if government could have backed away from deal after hostages free. [MILLER - says government could have backed down, but would set dangerous precedent for future such cases.]
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Studio) Comments of President Carter with regard to incident and outcome noted.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(Studio) United Artists says it will reopen film "Mohammad, Messenger of God" in New York City on Saturday; was closed on demand of terrorists. Special broadcast with regard to Washington, DC siege and coping with terrorism announced.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

O'Brien, Tim;
Reasoner, Harry;
Walters, Barbara

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