Greek police said they arrested a suspect on Saturday in a 1985 hijacking of a flight from Athens, which became a multi-day trial involving the murder of an American. Police say a 65-year-old kidnapping suspect was arrested Thursday in Mykonos Island in response to an order from Germany.
A police spokesman told the Associated Press that TWA Flight 847 was involved in the hijacking case. The flight was shot dead by the hijackers shortly after departing from Athens on June 14, 1985. It occurs in Cairo and San Diego is designated as the last resort. destination, with stops planned in Athens, Rome, Boston and Los Angeles.
Hijackers shot and killed US Navy diver Robert Statham, 23, after beating him unconscious. They freed the other 1
The suspect was arrested on Saturday on the Greek island of Syros, but is scheduled to be transferred to an Athens high-security prison in Athens for extradition proceedings, a police spokesman told the Associated Press. She said the suspect was a Lebanese citizen. The speaker spoke on condition of anonymity as the case continued.
Police refuse to release the name of the suspect.
In Beirut, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the man detained in Greece was a Lebanese journalist named Mohammed Saleh and that a Lebanese Embassy official planned to try to visit him on Sunday.
However, several Greek media have identified the detainees as Mohammed Ali Hamadi, who was arrested in Frankfurt in 1987 and sentenced in Germany for hijacking a plane and killing Stetham. Hamadi, a supposed member of Hezbollah, was sentenced to life in prison but released in 2005 and returned to Lebanon.
Germany has resisted pressure to extradite him to the US after Hezbollah abducted two German citizens in Beirut and threatened to kill them.
Hamadi, along with abductor Hassan Izz-Al-Din and accomplice Ali Atwa, remain on the FBI's most wanted terrorist list. The FBI has offered a reward of up to $ 5 million for information leading to the capture of each person.