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Achille Lauro Hijacking Aftermath #92672

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 16, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Rome, Italy) Syrian officials' determination that Achille Lauro hijacking victim Leon Klinghoffer had been shot several times by terrorists examined; United States ambassador William Eagleton's praise of Syria's help in iden. body noted. Scenes shown. Impact on Italian government of Prime Min. Bettino Craxi following his decision to allow PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) terrorist Mohammed Abbas to escape discussed; defense minister Giovanni Spadolini and his pro-United States party noted withdrawing from government due to Craxi's failure to consult with Spadolini before allowing Abbas to flee. Status of Italy's investigation outlined.
REPORTER: Bill Blakemore

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Israel's claim that Abbas masterminded Achille Lauro hijacking examined; photos shown. Major General Ehud Barak's presentation of audio tape of conversation between Abbas and hijackers noted; Abbas' and terrorist's remarks quoted, transcribed on screen, discussed.
REPORTER: Betsy Aaron

(Studio) Attorney General Edwin Meese said citing possibility of United States seizing Abbas at some point. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak reported awarding medal of valor to crew of Egyptian airliner intercepted by United States fighter planes in successful effort to capture escaping terrorists.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Aaron, Betsy;
Blakemore, Bill;
Jennings, Peter

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