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Achille Lauro Hijacking Aftermath #540230

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 16, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Israel's release of audio tapes of escaped PLO terrorist Mohammed Abbas and hijackers of Achille Lauro cruise ship as evidence of his involvement in hijacking examined; scenes shown. Abbas' conversation with hijackers translated on screen. Major General Ehud Barak's assessment of case against Abbas mentioned; PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) chairperson Yasir Arafat said allegedly cabling his congratulations to Abbas for latter's role in Achille Lauro affair and for escaping from United States.
REPORTER: Martin Fletcher

(Studio) Attorney General Edwin Meese reported claiming further evidence linking Abbas to hijacking
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Rome, Italy) Return here of Leon Klinghoffer's body for formal autopsy noted; body recalled washed ashore in Syria and indicating that he had been shot. Impact of hijacking on Italian government noted indicated by resignations of defense minister Giovanni Spadolini and others in cabinet as protest over Prime Min. Bettino Craxi's release of Abbas; details given.
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani

Brokaw, Tom;
Fletcher, Martin;
Valeriani, Richard

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