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The Michigan]Daily
Vol. LXXXV, No. 59-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, August 8, 1975 Ten Cents Twelve Pages

Capti e
by Red
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia M)-Five
Japanese Red Army terrorists released
U. S. Counsul Robert Stebbins and 14
other hostages at the airport here yes-
terday and headed for Libya.
Stebbins later reported that the ter-
rorists would have killed all 52 hostages
if their demands were not met; how-
ever, he did admit that the Red Army
members generally took good care of
the captives. In fact, he said that the
terrorists were kind enough to supply
them with candy, cushions, and per-
AFTER releasing the hostages, the ter-
rorists took with them five Japanese
Red Army members freed from Japa-
nese jails and four substitute hostages -
two Malaysian officials and two Japa-
FBI cned
OBrien should
DETROIT OR)--The FBI has joined the
family of Jimmy Hoffa in requesting
that Hoffa's foster son submit to a lie
detector test to verify his denials of in-
volvement in the ex-Teamster leader's
disappearance, according to a source
close to the inwestigation.
The source said last night that union
organizer Charles "Chuckie" O'Brien, a
central figure in the case, declined to
take the polygraph exam pending advice
of his attorney.
EARIER, Detroit a t t o r n e y James
Hoffa, the ex-labor leader's son, said he
believed O'Brien was holding back in-
formation from officials and was lying.
He demanded that O'Brien take a lie-
detector test.
The FBI would neither confirm nor
deny the bureau was seeking a lie exam.
See FBI, Page 5

IArm y
nese officials - to guarantee their safe-
Officials said the terrorist still had
revolvers but the substitute hostages had
the bullets.
THE PLANE, a Japan Air Lines DC8,
made a two-hour refueling stop in Co-
lombo, Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon,
where officials said they would shoot
anyone trying to disembark.
The flight to the Middle East came
after explosives experts and two of the
terrorists carried six homemade bombs
off the plane at Kuala Lumpur and
detonated them about a half mile down.
the runway, sending smoke and debris
more than 40 feet in the air.
It was among the final acts in a dra-
ma that began Monday when the terror-
ists invaded the 12-story American In-
ternational Assurance building in Kuala
Lumpur, stormed the U. S. Embassy's
consular section on the ninth floor, took
52 hostages and shot and wounded three
security men. They demanded that Ja-
pan free their colleagues, fly them to
Malaysia and then fly them all to a
destination of their choice. Japan bowed
to the demand, putting top priority on
human life.
THIRTY-SEVEN of the hostages were
released during the next 48 hours and
the last 15 hostages, all men, were mov-
ed to the airport Wednesday.
Stebbins, a 42-year-old father of two
from Clovis, N.M., told newsmen after
his release he believed the terrorists
would have killed their hostages if
their demands were not met. However,
he and other freed hostages, including
Gerald Lancaster, a Houston, Tex. en-
gineer, George Burton, a San Francisco
broker, and Swedish Charge d'Affaires
Fredrik Bergenstrahle, agreed the ter-
rorists treated them well, even return-
ing money and valuables they had taken.
"I have to admire their dedication,"
Stebbins said. "They were very kind."
le said the terrorists had some candy
with them when they invaded the consu-
lar section, and that they shared it with
the hostages until regular food came.

AP Photo
PRESIDENT FORD, speaking from the White House solarium, warned yes-
terday of a possible confrontation between the U.S. and the Soviet Union
if war breaks out in the Middle East. Ford's remarks were made in a tele-
vised interview for the Public Broadcasting System in which he called for
Israel and the Arabs to move towards a settlement to avoid a confronta-
tion between the super powers.

Reform bill faces GOP
By ROB MEACHUM In the past, many Regents have refused to disclose
What was once termed a landmark campaign reform their sources of income or expenditures during their
bill by many in the state legislature is now running tenure in office.
into heated opposition from Republicans because of Under the amendment, any union local, for example,
a Democratically-sponsored amendment that would would be limited to a $4,500 contribution to a candidate
allow virtually unlimited transfers of campaign funds for the state Senate but could filter equal amounts to
to candidates by labor unions. the same hopeful through ether union locals or through
The bill, as it presently stands, would also require the union headquarters. State Republicans are fighting the
University's Board of Regents to disclose their campaign measure as pro-union and not in keeping with the
contributions, expenditures and sources of income. They original spirit of the bill.
would have to disclose these matters both before and
after election and throughout their terms of office, "THE GOVERNOR was very concerned," said Craig
according to Craig Ruff, an assistant to Governor Ruff, an assistant to Milliken, "he feels it (the amend-
William Milliken. ment) would disrupt the political balance in the state."
Milliken, along with other state Republicans are urging
REPRESENTATIVE Perry Bullard (D-Ann Arbor) the Democrats to delete the amendment.
echoed Ruff saying, "It (the bill) will definitely affect Senator Daniel Cooper (D-Oak Park), who intro-
the Regents." The bill, however, will not affect Uni- duced the contested amendment, could not be reached
versity President Robben Fleming according to Bullard for comment late last night.
and Ruff. Asked if Milliken would sign the bill if the amend-

ment were not deleted, Pat Babcock, another assistant
to the governor, said, "We'll have to assess it (the
amendment) in regards to the whole bill."
THE BILL, if passed, would call for:
-a limit of $1,700 that individuals could contribute
to a state-wide political campaign. It would, however,
allow organizations, like unions, to contribute up to
ten times that amount. Local campaign contribtuion
limits would be somewhat less.
-an expenditure limit of $1 million for a guberna-
torial candidate; $100,000 for a supreme court candi-
date; $50,000 for a state education board candidate and
$30,000 for state Senate or representative candidate.
-hopefuls to list by name, address and profession a
person that contributed $100 or more to his or her
-gubernatorial candidates to receive matching public
funds from a voluntary $2 income tax check-off similar
See REFORM, Page 5

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