New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 12, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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BEIRUT, lebanon (AP) — The state radio said today the government has ordered the prosecution of the alleged hijackers of TWA Flight 847, who killed a U.S. Navy diver and held 39 Americans hostages for 17 days. The radio also identified them for the first time.
It said the government had told judicial officials in the district of Mount lebanon, who are responsible for the Beirut International Airport, to prosecute the sky pirates.
It identified them as Shiite Moslems Ah Atwi, Ah Younis and Ahmed Gharbieh but said it had no further information about them.
The radio did not specify whether warrants had been issued for the trio’s arrest or whether they were in custody.
‘The names were referred I to authorities I as a prelude to prosecuting them and to take adequate legal procedures against them," the radio said, without naming its sources.
A police spokesman said of the radio report, We don’t have any information. I can't say yes; I can't say no."
Mount lebanon Prosecutor-General Maurice Khawam told reporters in Christian East Beirut after a meeting Wednesday with President Amin Gemayel that his office “will move against the TWA hijackers."
A leader of the Shute Moslem Amal militia, which negotiated for the hijackers and said it shared their goal of gaining the release of Shutes held in Israel, has said Amal chief Nabih Berri does not oppose putting the gunmen on trial.
Akef Baidar. Amal Politburo head and No. 2 man under Berri, told The Associated Press on July 6 that Berri is not against having a trial But he said Amal could not's hijackers; prosecution
identify them because it dealt only with their leaders.
"Mr. Berri will not be against... justice," Haidar said. Berri also is I Lebanon’s minister of justice.
The hijackers shot dead U.S. Navy Petty Officer Robert Stethem and dumped his body on the tarmac of Beirut International Airport, pistol whipped and punched other passengers and vowed to kill the others unless more than 700 lebanese prisoners were freed by Israel.
They held 39 American hostages in Beirut for 17 days before agreeing to free them under pressure from Syria, the main power broker in lebanon.
Atwi was the hijacker arrested at Athens airport before boarding TWA flight 847 June 14. The Boeing 727 was hijacked shortly after take off from the Greek capital to Rome by two other gunmen.
President Reagan has vowed that the United States will do everything it can to bring the original hijackers to justice for the slaving of the Navy diver.
The sky pirates released more than IOO of the 153 passengers and crew members aboard in the first two days of the 17-day drama as the plane shuttled 8,500 miles between Beirut and Algiers.
On the last of three landings in Beirut 37 passengers and crew members were still being held June 16. But an ailing man was freed, the other passengers were taken under guard to Beirut hideouts by Amal Shiite Moslem militiamen and the thiee remaining crewmen were held on the airplane
The last 39 American hostages were freed June 30 after mediation efforts by Syria's President Hafez Assad and Lebanon's Justice Minister Nabih Berri, who heads the Shiite Moslem Amal militia — largest of the warring irregular armies
Copter crash kills 4 Marines
TOKYO (AP) A US Marine helicopter slammed into a hillside on Okinawa island today, killing four crew members w ho w ere on a routine training mission, a Marine Corps spokesman said The cause of the accident was not known, said spokesman (.’apt Dan Trout
It was the second crash of a Japan-based Marine CH-531) "Sea Stallion" helicopter in three months An eyewitness reported the helicopter was "roaring and spouting gray smoke” before it exploded in flight and plunged into a hillside, said
local polite spokesman Masahiro Nakamura Police rescuers earlier reported finding the charred bodies of three crew members. Nakamura said Trout said the four were members of a rotating squad, which means they have family and relatives in the United States." He declined to name the victims pending notification of their relatives, but said they were based rn the West Coast of the United State-
The helicopter crashed at about I 15 p rn 12; 15 a rn EDT I over part of Camp Butler, the main Marine
facility on the southern Japanese
Trout said the accident site was about 44 miles northeast of Naha, Okinawa's capital, which is 1,000 miles southwest of Tokyo. The aircraft was stationed at the Futenma Marine Corps base, which is near Na ha.
Another CH-53 helicopter from a different squadron crashed into the sea off southern Japan on May 6, killing 17 Marines, while enroute from Futenma Marine Base.
Airport reputations on the line
WASHINGTON (AP) — Since the hijacking of TWA Flight 847 the government has stepped up its search for security gaps at foreign airports, but the Reagan administration and Congress are at sharp odds over whether the findings should be revealed to travelers.
The House has approved two measures — one of them unanimously — that would require disclosure to the traveling public of airports with substandard security. A Senate committee is to vote on similar legislation next week.
But the Reagan administration is maneuvering to head off the legislation, arguing that a requirement to disclose lax airports to the public might hamper diplomatic efforts to get security at those airport improved — or worse, provide directions to terrorists.
"Any legislation that forces our government to deal with a foreign government in a prescribed public manner would be counterproductive to the international cooperation that ... is necessary to deal effectively with terrorism," Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole argued in a letter this week to the chairman of the House aviation subcommittee.
“This includes requiring our government to make a public determination of the adequacy of .security measures at foreign airports." she continued.
The subcommittee chairman. Rep. Norman Mineta, D-Calif., made the letter public Thursday and questioned why travelers should not know whether an airport they are flying to has security problems.
Mineta sponsored the measure, which has cleared
the House and is before the Senate. It would require deficient airports to improve security within 120 days or be listed on the back of airline tickets and at all U.S. airports as not meeting security standards.
Matt Scocozza, assistant secretary of transportation for international affairs, said there is concern within the administration such a publication of substandard airports would provide “a road map’’ for terrorists that can be used to target certain airports.
"One of our concerns is the publication of lists," he told Mineta at a hearing Thursday.
But the congressman wasn’t impressed. "A professional terrorist already is going to know (an airport’s security reputation),’’ he responded.
Administration officials also are concerned that if they are forced to publish lists of airports where security needs to be improved it will cause diplomatic problems that could hinder talks aimed at improving security at the airports in question.
Those advocating disclosure of the airports respond that the threat of being singled out as a security risk might, in fact, spur government to making security improvements for fear of losing U.S. tourist traffic.
Questions concerning how much air travelers should know about airport security emerged almost immediately after the TWA hijacking when it was revealed that U.S. officials had known for months — some say even years — about serious -security problems at the Athens airport where the hijackers boarded TWA Hight 847 a month ago.
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In Souther n California, 150 trailer park residents fled a 300-acre fire near Malibu that authorities said may have been arson About 400 Girl Scouts and residents of 75 rural homes were moved away from a 350-acre fire at I-ake Hemet. IOO miles east of I ais Angeles The respite allowed some of the 4.500 people evacuated Sunday around las Gatos, 60 miles south of San Francisco, to return home But some of the evacuees were turned back by California Highway Patrol officers blocking unsafe areas
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Crescent Valley trailer park residents were allowed to return after about seven hours, said park manager Angie lA*ano. “It looks like a moonscape. But what a job the firefighter did All our mobile homes are safe.”
More than I,OOO fires burned Thursday rn Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico. Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Others were contained or controlled in South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming. Fires in Colorado and North Dakota were out, the Boise center said.
The largest group of firefighters ever mobilized, from all parts of the country, attacked 393 new fires Thursday, Bray ton said.
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