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Iran / Hijackings #88505

ABC Evening News for Friday, Dec 07, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(London, England) Status of continued hijacking of Kuwaiti airliner to Iran examined; films shown. Terrorists quoted on screen regarding their murder of passengers Charles Floyd Hegna and William Stanford, both employees of Agency for International Dvt.; hijackers said claiming to still hold one "Stanley Steevers," denied by AID as employee, as well as AID worker Charles Kapar. Terrorists' rationalizations for killings outlined on screen; their alleged torture of Saudi passenger described.

(DC) [President REAGAN - can't prove collaboration between hijackers and Iranians, but criticizes Iran's lack of cooperation with West] State Department's anger at Iran's handling of situation described. [Department spokesperson John HUGHES - notes Iran's unusual approach to terrorists.] Past hijackings ending in Iran reviewed. Terrorists believed linked to Islamic fundamentalists in Beirut who kidnapped 3 Americans last spring; details given. Religious factors affecting West's effort to deal with Iranians in current hijacking explained.
REPORTER: John McWethy

(Studio) Murdered AID official William Stanford's career outlined.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

Dale, Al;
Koppel, Ted;
McWethy, John

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