Tuesday, December 20, 2005

GEMANY RELEASES MURDERER OF AMERICAN IN A TRADE

Well, Germany let the MUNICH - Olympic Terrorist Murderers go in 1972 because they didn't want any terrorism directed against them. Now in 2005 they just let a TWA Airplane Hijacker go despite the fact he brutally murdered an American - so they could gain the release of a German. This, after they denied extradition to the US!

5 THINGS TO NOTE -
  1. Germany denies any connection to the release of a German hostage.
  2. They deny it but previously tried to use the same guy as a bargaining chip shortly after he was convicted in 1989!! (who cares he didn't kill any Germans and why let the US try him??)
  3. The US wanted the Murderer extradited but Germany denied the US because their "pacifist" souls find the Death Penalty too repugnant! (Schwarzenegger to Hometown Remove My Name...)
  4. After denying extradition they saw no harm in then trying to trade him for a German captive - this right after he was convicted!
  5. FYI - He was convicted for the beating and shooting of Robert Dean Stethem, a 23-year-old U.S. Navy diver whose body was thrown on the tarmac at Beirut airport during the hijacking of TWA Flight 847.

Germany frees killer of U.S. diver

  • BERLIN, Germany (CNN) -- A Hezbollah militant sentenced to life in Germany for murdering a U.S. Navy diver during the 1985 hijacking of a U.S. jetliner has been freed, officials said.

    The German government denied on Tuesday the release was related to the freeing of a German hostage in Iraq.

    Mohammed Ali Hamadi was released Thursday and allowed to return to his native Lebanon on the next day, after qualifying for parole after 19 years in prison, said Ulrich Hermanski, spokesman for the North Rhine Wesphalia state justice ministry.

    "There was no special treatment," Hermanski said in a telephone interview.
    [....]
    Hamadi was convicted in 1989 in Frankfurt, Hessen state, for the beating and shooting of Robert Dean Stethem, a 23-year-old U.S. Navy diver whose body was thrown on the tarmac at Beirut airport during the hijacking of TWA Flight 847.

    The German government also denied there was any link between Hamadi's release and the freeing of Suzanne Osthoff, a German archaeologist, in Iraq last week.

    "There is no relation between the release of Hamadi and the release of Osthoff," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger told the news conference.

Hezbollah member wanted by US released in Germany

  • BEIRUT - Hezbollah member Mohammed Ali Hamadi has returned to Lebanon after being secretly released in Germany, where he was serving a life sentence for the 1985 hijacking of a TWA jetliner and killing of a US navy diver, Hezbollah and Lebanese security sources said Tuesday.

    Hamadi returned a few days ago, a Hezbollah source told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa in Beirut. A Lebanese security source confirmed that Hamadi entered Beirut four days ago aboard a commercial flight from Germany.

    He had been arrested on 13 January 1987 at Frankfurt airport after customs officials found liquid explosives in his luggage...... He was sentenced in 1989 for possession of explosives, hijacking a U.S. commercial passenger airliner in Athens to Beirut - TWA flight 847 - on 14 June 1985, beating and holding passengers aboard that flight, and murdering Robert Dean Stethem, a US Navy diver, on the same flight.

    US authorities had requested his extradition so he could stand trial in the United States, but the government of Germany, which has no death penalty, insisted on prosecuting him in Germany.

    Commentators have speculated that Hamadi's release may be connected to the freeing Sunday of German hostage Susanne Osthoff in Iraq. German authorities had already tried to use Hamadi as a bargaining chip in the late 1980s to secure the release of German hostages in Lebanon.

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