In a story buried by the MSM Mohammed Ali Hamadei, wanted in connection to the 1985 TWA hijacking has been captured in Greece.
The flight was hijacked enroute to Rome from Athens. Upon hijacking the plane was then redicredted to Beirut, Lebanon. Hijackers tortured and killed 23 year old American, Robert Stethem after discovering he was a member of the U.S. Navy. After killing Stethem, the hijackers threw his body onto the tarmac and then procedded to take the plane to Algiers. 17 days later, the remaining 146 hostages were released.
In 1987 then suspect Mohammed Ali Hammadi was convicted of hijacking and sentenced to life in prison, though he was later paraoled in 2005.
Here is where the story takes an interesting turn. Reported from Lebanon, the Lebansese goverment says the man currently detained is a journalist.
In Beirut, the Foreign Ministry said the man detained in Greece is a Lebanese journalist called Mohammed Saleh, and that a Lebanese embassy official planned to try to visit him on Sunday.Ekathimerini
However, several Greek media outlets identified the detainee as Mohammed Ali Hammadi, who was arrested in Frankfurt in 1987 and convicted in Germany for the plane hijacking and Stethem’s slaying. Hammadi, an alleged Hezbollah member, was sentenced to life in prison but was paroled in 2005 and returned to Lebanon.
Germany had resisted pressure to extradite him to the United States after Hezbollah abducted two German citizens in Beirut and threatened to kill them.
Hammadi was also wanted in Germany in connection with a kidnapping. His release, and Germanty’s unwillingness to extradite has strained relations with U.S. Justice officials.
The timing of Hammadi’s release was significant. It came just a couple of days before the release in Iraq of German hostage Susanne Osthoff, an archaeologist who was held captive for several weeks after being kidnapped in the north-western region of the country. The German government is firmly rejecting any suggestion that Hammadi’s release was part of an agreement to free Osthoff. However, Hammadi’s exit from Germany raises major concerns over how exactly the Germans secured Osthoff’s freedom, especially in light of an alleged secret deal between the Italian government and Iraqi insurgents to gain the release of two Italian hostages in August this year.Heritage
Hopefully, Greek officials will be more willing to extradite Hammadi so that he can face justice here on American soil.
Source: PJ Media