NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 18, 1991
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(New York: Brian Ross) Investigation of American ambassador to Bahrain, Charles Hostler, in the BCCI scandal featured; member of the ruling family of Bahrain said to be one of the owners of BCCI; 1989 scenes shown of Hostler in Bahrain. Hostler's denial of wrongdoing, investigators' statement that Hostler has had a relationship with bankers at BCCI going back to 1982 noted; details given of investigation of Hostler's past involvement in possible land scam site in Sherman, Connecticut. [Sherman town official Ken GRANT - comments on investigation.] Hostler's financial disclosure form and letter regarding BCCI shown and quoted. [Connecticut real estate appraiser Curtis HAGEN - says Hostler took his orders from alleged BCCI agent Mohammed Hamud.] Photo of Hamud shown; Hostler reported to acknowledge dealing with Hamud but not with BCCI. [Senator John KERRY - comments on Hamud and Hostler.] State Department statement on Hostler noted.