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Italy: Achille Lauro hijacker dies in jail
2009-06-23
[ADN Kronos] Khalid Hussein one of the men convicted of hijacking the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985, was found dead in an Italian jail early on Monday, possibly of a heart attack Italian media reports say.
Not liver failure? How novel.
Nah. Couldn't be cirrhosis. Never. That happens overnight. Ev'rybody in B'desh knows that ...
Khalid Hussein Abdul-Rahim, 73, had been sentenced to life in jail by a court in the northern Italian city of Genoa in 1987. He was arrested in Greece in 1991 for arms trafficking and extradited five years later to Italy where he was held at various jails.

He was one of many Palestinian militants involved in the hijacking of the ship (photo) on 7 October 1985, taking hostage 450 people in exchange for the release of 82 Palestinian prisoners held in Israel. During the siege they shot and killed a wheelchair bound Jewish-American passenger, Leon Klinghoffer, before throwing his body overboard.

Others convicted in Italy for the hijacking include Youssef Magied al-Molqi, who was sentenced to 30 years for shooting Klinghoffer, and 44-year-old Abdelatif Ibrahim Fatayer who was freed last July.

Hussein, however, was not directly involved in the hijacking, but had maintained contact with the Palestinian militants aboard the ship and was in charge of the logistics of the operation.

The militants belonged to the Palestine Liberation Front, a faction of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, considered the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people at the time.
Whereas now half the Palestinians consider the Palestinian Authority to be their legitimate representative. The PA is staffed and headed by members of the PLO, which I believe once again calls itself Fatah. Not news to Rantburg readers, I know.
Posted by:Fred

#4  His late boss Abu Abbas was captured by US forces in Iraq in April of 2003 by the way.

Saddam had of course absolutely nothing to do with terrorism. There was no reasonable case for removing Saddam.
/sarc
Posted by: Chomoling Sinatra6197   2009-06-23 15:38  

#3  Served his complete sentence, burn in hell.
Posted by: Redneck Jim   2009-06-23 14:45  

#2  Burn in hell.
Posted by: mojo   2009-06-23 11:59  

#1  Good Riddance.
Posted by: JohnQC   2009-06-23 11:10  

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