Germany Frees Terrorist Wanted By US (Updated, Bumped)
If I think about it very long my blood pressure's going to do something dangerous. Click here, here, here, here and here.
From The Washington Times:
Navy diver's killer held in Beirut
The Lebanese killer of a U.S. Navy diver was in custody in Beirut yesterday, according to U.S. officials who decried his release from a German prison last week and pledged to bring him to the United States for trial.
Mohammad Ali Hamadi, a member of the Hezbollah guerrilla group, received a life sentence in Germany for hijacking a TWA plane to Beirut and fatally shooting Petty Officer 2nd Class Stethem, but was paroled after 18 years and freed on Thursday.
The United States, which has been seeking Hamadi's extradition since his 1987 capture in Frankfurt, privately expressed anger at his early release, but officials said they were determined to "get our hands on him."
"We are going to make every effort to see that he stands trial here in the United States," said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack. "We are disappointed now that he has been released before the end of his full sentence."
A senior State Department official said Hamadi was in "temporary custody" in Lebanon, although it was not clear where or when he was arrested.
Mr. McCormack said Washington was "talking to the Lebanese government" about bringing him to the United States, but that the issue was complicated by the lack of an extradition treaty with Lebanon.
Germany refused to extradite Hamadi to the United States because he could face the death penalty. It also argues that he has been punished for his crime, and that trying him in a U.S. court would constitute double jeopardy.
Mr. McCormack disagreed, saying "there is a difference in the interpretations between the legal systems" of the two countries.
Hamadi Held In Beirut
In a move proving that the new government of Lebanon has more sense and more courage than Berlin, the terrorist that tortured and killed an American Navy diver in 1985 got arrested almost immediately on his arrival. Acting in concert with US intelligence, Lebanese officials detained Mohammed Ali Hamadi and will hold him while they consider a request for his extradition to the US:
I recall now when Hamadi got tried in Germany in the late 1980s why it was so controversial; the crime hadn't taken place in Germany. Hamadi got captured by the Germans and instead of turning him over to the Americans -- who claimed jurisdiction for the hijacking of the American plane and the murder of Stethem -- the Germans insisted on trying Hamadi themselves. ...
Even if we get this bastard to the U.S. we can't give him the treatment he deserves due to our constitutional prohibition against Cruel and Unusual Punishment, but at least we can send him to Hell a little sooner than he'd get there otherwise.
German Release Of Terrorist Revives Memories Of German And Media Weaknesses
by Michael Kraft
Germany’s secret release of a Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist convicted of killing a U.S. Navy diver during the 1985 hijacking of TWA 847 revives memories of past German deals with terrorist and their supporters. The 17- day hijacking ordeal also had touched off a great deal of teeth gnashing about the role of the media in dealing with ongoing terrorist situations.
The long sorry saga, which I saw evolve while working in the State Department Counterterrorism Office, is a forerunner of some of the terrorist-related problems we still face today.