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Achille Lauro Hijacking Aftermath #540207

NBC Evening News for Monday, Oct 14, 1985
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(Studio) Possibility body washed ashore in Syria is that of Achille Lauro hijacking victim Leon Klinghoffer reported; strain on US-Italian-Egyptian relations over each country's handling of hijacking noted. Discord between US and Italy said over latter's release of terrorist Mohammed Abbas, sought by United States for masterminding ship's hijacking.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Rome, Italy) Status of Italy's investigation into hijacking, include search for suspects thought aiding terrorists already in custody, examined; details given, scenes shown. Achille Lauro terrorists said transferred to more secure prison. Criticism of Italy's leniency toward foreign terrorists detailed; FBI mentioned aiding Italians at present.
REPORTER: Keith Miller

(Studio) Abbas' path since leaving Cairo outlined on screen, discussed; Attorney General Edwin Meese quoted.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) United States pursuit of Abbas for Achille Lauro hijacking examined; scenes shown. [PLO chairperson Yasir ARAFAT - denies proof Klinghoffer was murdered.] United States and Israeli intelligence said indicating Abbas' connection with hijacking; his terrorist background, include attacks on Israel, reviewed. [Former hostage Judge Stanley KUBACKI - feels Italy, Egypt and Yugoslavia are afraid of PLO.]
REPORTER: Carl Stern

(Studio) Kubacki rptd claiming ship's bartender witnessed Klinghoffer's murder. Egyptian Pres Hosni Mubarak's demand for apology from President Reagan noted.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) Admin.'s response to allies' criticism of administration's criticism of allies examined. [Secretary of State George SHULTZ - considers terrorists cowardly animals; urges world not to be intimidated by terrorists.] [National security adviser Robt McFARLANE - cites United States position on apologizing to Mubarak.] Implications for Mideast peace process and King Hussein noted illustrated by British foreign secretary Sir Geoffrey Howe's exclusion of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) representatives in talks with Jordanian delegation. [ARAFAT - hopes peace process hasn't been halted.] Pol. impact on Craxi regime in Italy and Mubarak's control in Egypt considered.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

5:57:50 GOOD NIGHT

Brokaw, Tom;
Kalb, Marvin;
Miller, Keith;
Stern, Carl

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