Klinghoffer Daughters Want Abu Abbas Tried in U.S.
The daughters of the elderly American who was killed on the hijacked Achille Lauro cruise ship said on Wednesday they wanted captured Palestinian guerrilla leader Abu Abbas tried in the United States. Abbas, who masterminded the 1985 hijacking, was captured by U.S. forces in Iraq this week, leading to a string of demands over his fate. His wife and the Palestinian Authority said he should be freed and Italy wants him extradited there. In one of the most shocking incidents from the hijacking of the Italian cruise liner, Leon Klinghoffer, a disabled elderly American Jewish passenger was shot by the hijackers in his wheelchair and tossed overboard. Klinghoffer’s daughters, Lisa and Ilsa, said Abbas should be brought to the United States immediately. “We want him brought here. We want him tried here in our country. We want to know that he will serve his full sentence — which is hopefully a life sentence,” said Lisa Klinghoffer in an interview with NBC’s “Today” show. Full Story