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Lebanon slams US request to hand over alleged Hizbullah hijacker

The Lebanese government has criticized the U.S. demand that Lebanon hand over an alleged Hizbullah hijacker released by Germany last week after serving 19 years in jail for hijacking a U.S. airliner and killing an American passenger. “Originally they [the U.S. government] could have requested that Germany hand him over. Why are they asking us?” Prime Minister Fouad Siniora told reporters Wednesday. Mohammad Ali Hammadi, 41, from the southern town of Deir Kifa, returned to Lebanon after serving 19 years in a German jail after being sentenced to life imprisonment by a German courting 1987 for his role in the 1985 hijacking of a TWA airliner and the murder of U.S. Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem in Beirut. Full Story

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