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July 11, 1986 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-07-11

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Genoa (JTA) — The jury in the
Achille Lauro trial began delib-
erations last Monday on the fate
of 15 defendants, 10 of them still
at large, accused of hijacking the
Italian cruise ship last October
and the murder of a passenger,
Leon Klinghoffer, an American
Jew.
The prosecution, summing up
its case, demanded life sentences
for seven of the accused. They in-
clude Mohammed Abul Abbas,
a Palestinian terrorist tried in
absentia as the alleged master-
mind of the hijack, and Youseff
Magied Mulqi, who allegedly
fired the shots that Killed
Klinghoffer in his wheelchair
and then ordered crew members
to throw his body overboard.
Life imprisonment is the max-
imum penalty under Italian law.
State Attorney Luigi Carl
told the jury, "This is not a trial
against the PLO, the PLF or the
Palestinian struggle. We are
dealing with the taking of
hostages, one of whom was
killed." The PLF or Palestine
Liberation Front is the terrorist
group headed by Abbas. The lat-
ter is also a member of the
Palestine Liberation Organiza-
tion.
Abbas narrowly escaped im-
prisonment after U.S. Air Force
planes forced an Egyptian plane
carrying him from the hijack
scene to land in Sicily last Oc-
tober 12, four days after Kling-
hoffer was murdered. Italian
authorities released him, ex-
plaining later that they had in-
sufficient evidence to hold him
at the time.

Defense attorney Luigi Bach
erini argued that Abbas "coulc
not have masterminded the
and that no evidence to prov e
this was presented in court." 1-1f1
said the real objective of the
jackers was not to seize thE
Italian cruise ship but to tal4
Israeli hostages at the port of
Ashdod and hold them for re
lease of 51 terrorists imprisoned
in Israel. Ashdod was the next
port of call after Alexandri -
where the hijack took place.
According to the defense, tly
accused were forced to take over
the ship after crew members dis-
covered weapons in their pos-
session.
In earlier developments, at•
torneys for the Klinghoffi
family, and for the owners of the
cruise ship Achille Lauro
demanded in criminal court that
the PLObe made to pay dam
ages for the hijacking of the
vessel and the murder of Kling-1
hoffer "because he was Jewish.
Oreste Thrracini, representing
Klinghoffer's youngest Baugh(
ter, dismissed the defendants'
claims that they were soldiers
fighting for the liberation of
Palestine. "No cause can justify
such actions. Klinghoffer wag
killed because he was Jewish. It
he had not been Jewish, some
other passenger would have been
murdered."
Lawyers representing civil
plaintiffs supported Thrracini's
demand- that the PLO be held
financially responsible. The &e
tual damages will be fixed later
by a civil court. The findings by
the criminal court, however, will
affect the assessment.

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