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Achille Lauro Hijacking Aftermath #540175

NBC Evening News for Friday, Oct 11, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Rome, Italy) Chgs. Italian authorities are lodging against Palestinian hijackers of Achille Lauro following their abduction by US fighter planes to Silician military base reported; scenes shown. [US ambassador Maxwell RABB - describes his meeting with Prime Min. Bettino Craxi.] Basis of Italy's refusal to extradite terrorists to United States explained; implications of situation for Italy's relationship with PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) considered.
REPORTER: Keith Miller

(Studio) Suspected leader of Palestine Liberation Front, terrorist organization claiming responsibility for Achille Lauro hijacking, Mohammed Abu Abbas noted accompanying hijackers on Egyptian airliner; PLF's threat against United States after seizure of its members from Egyptian aircraft quoted on screen. [Voice of PLF SPOKESPERSON - warns of retaliation; remarks transcribed.]
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) [President REAGAN - notes opportunity to capture terrorists was seized.] Events leading to Navy's interception detailed. [Representatives Chas. SCHUMER, Thomas LUKEN - praise United States action.] [REAGAN - claims terrorists could be tried in both United States and Italy.] Legal barriers to United States extradition and prosecution of hijackers explained. [Attorney Michael ABBELL - notes possible legal loop- hole preventing Italy's extradition of terrorists.] Possible strain in US- Italian relations over former's request that PLF leader Abbas be detained and current rift between United States and Egypt over latter's handling of whole affair discussed. [REAGAN - denies Egypt helped United States intercept plane.]
REPORTER: Chris Wallace

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) [Yesterday, President Hosni MUBARAK - claims terrorists have already left Egypt.] United States intelligence said aware Mubarak was lying at the time due to its monitoring of Arab world's communications systems; details of United States intelligence success in intercepting terrorists' plane outlined. [Defense Secretary Caspar WEINBERGER - notes Egyptian pilot failed to get landing rights in either Tunis or Athens.] Navy planes noted jamming Egyptian airliner's radio making them unable to contact Cairo.
REPORTER: Fred Francis

(Studio) Tass praise of United States action quoted, outlined. Upcoming item.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

Brokaw, Tom;
Francis, Fred;
Miller, Keith;
Wallace, Chris

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