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Polish Plane Hijacking / United States Dilemma Over Pol. Asylum #55469

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 30, 1978
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(Studio) Report on hijacking of Polish airliner by E. German who forces plane to land in American zone of Berlin, at Tempelhof AFB.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Berlin, West Germany) Details about young E. German's hijacking of Polish airliner and his request for political asylum for self and family given; request for asylum from other E. Germans on plane noted. Agreement of ntns. attending recent economy summit in Bonn, West Germany, to stop flights to cntrys. harboring hijackers recalled. Apparent United States decision to make distinction between terrorist hijackings and those by political refugees stated; dilemma over action to be taken now cited. Mentioned are E. Berlin hswife. and Berlin airlift.
REPORTER: Kati Marton

(DC) American officials' report that United States is bound by both Hague convention and new agreement made at Bonn economy summit to either return hijackers or prosecute them stated. E. German hijacker will be prosecuted, accding. to- report, thus beginning 1st years of freedom in West in jail. Stiff penalties for hijacking mentioned.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Past sentences of hijackers in West Berlin noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Marton, Kati;
Reynolds, Frank

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