ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 24, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(London, England: Charles Glass) Great Britain reported severing dipl. relations with Syria following conviction of Nezar Hindawi for attempted bombing of El Al plane here; details given, scenes shown. [In Parliament, voice of foreign secretary Sir Geoffrey HOWE - notes evidence of Syrian official involvement with Hindawi.] Background to case against Hindawi, include his duping of fiancee Anne-Marie Murphy to unwittingly plant bomb, reviewed; argument presented court by Justice William Mars-Jones quoted and evidence against Hindawi listed on screen. His confessed involvement with Syrian officials described. [HOWE - cites need to act against terrorism despite possible reprisals.] [Syrian ambassador Dr. Loutof al-HAYDAR - claims American-Israeli plot against Syria is responsible.] Syria reported halting landing rights of British Airways and ending Syrianair flights to London.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Reagan administration and Canada reported recalling their ambs. from Syria in support of Britain.
(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Sam Donaldson) [President REAGAN - announces upcoming stmt.] White House statement quoted on screen. Significance of ambassador William Eagleton's recall noted. Terrorist acts for which Syria is suspected reviewed. Dipl. L. Paul Bremer said en route to Europe to discuss dipl., pol. and economy actions against Syrian President Hafez al-Assad.