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THE MICHIGAN DAILY ,

Wednesday, June 30, 116

Hijackers ask extremists' release

KAMPALA, Uganda (1P1-Pal-
estinian extremists demanded
yesterday the release of 53
"freedom fighters" imprisoned
in Israel and four other coun-
tries in exchange for a hijacked
French airliner and 256 hostage
passengers.
They threatened "severe" and
heavy penalties" were the de-
mand not met.
FRANCE immediately said it
would not give in to the guer-
rillas who commandeered the
Air France airbus Sunday over
Greece on a flight from Tel
Aviv to Paris.
Top officials in Israel, which
since 1968 has steadfastely re-
fused to yield to terrorist de-
mands, said they hold France
responsible for the passengers.
They gave no indication whether
Israel would go along with any
trade of prisoners for about 70
Israelis seized with the plane.
The Israeli cabinet was ex-
pected to meet today to discuss
the hijackers' demand.
MEMBERS OF the Popular

Front for the Liberation of Pal-
estine, whose six-point ransom
demand was broadcast by the
official Uganda radio, said the
53 detainees had to be flown to
Uganda's Entebbe Airport and
the exchange completed before
3 p.m. tomorrow-8 a.m. EDT.
Penalties were not spelled out,
but the hijackers said previously
they would blow up the plane
and captives if anyone tried to
interfere.
Besides 40 prisoners said to be
held in Israel, six were listed in
West Germany, five in Kenya
and one each in France and
Switzerland. Most of the names
were Arab, with a few Germans
and Japanese.
AMONG THOSE on the Israeli
list was the Greek Catholic arch-
bishop of Jerusalem, Hilarion
Capudji, jailed two years ago
as an Arab gunrunner, and
Kozo Okamoto, the only sur-
vivor of the 14 Japanese Red
Army members who carried out
the 1972 Lod Airport massacre.
Among those on the German

list was Jan-Carl Raspe, 31, one
of three alleged ringleaders of
the Baader-Meinhof gang now
on trial in Stuttgart for a wave
of bombings, bank robberies and
other violence that killed four
U.S. servicemen and a number
of Germans.
The French Interior Ministry
said the only person on the list
supposed to be in France was
29-year-old S idt v i,a Masmela
whom officials identified as the
Colombian girlfriend of alleged
international terrorist Ilyich Ra-
mirez - alias Carlos - France's
most wanted man.
THE MINISTRY said she was
released from prison in Decem-
ber after being arrested a few
months earlier during a Paris
shootout in which Carlos is al-
leged to have killed two French
'counterintelligence agents and
a Lebanese informer. Officials
said they did not know her
whereabouts.
Ugandan authorities said the
hostages were well, including at
least nine Americans. At the re-
quest of Israel, none of the pas-
sengers names was made pub-
lic.
Authorities said a medical
team was at the old Entebbe
Airport terminal transit lounge
where the captives were housed
and fed.
UGANDAN PRESIDENT Idi
Amin, in an official statement,
urged the hijackers to release
old women, children and anyone
who might be sick. There was
no immediate indication that
any hostages were freed.
Amin said there were more

than 100 Israelis among the cap-
tives, though earlier reports es-
timated their number at 80.
He also said the hijackers in-
cluded Europeans. A different
version came from the official
news a g e n c y in neighboring
Kenya, which quoted Entebbe
Airport sources as saying the
hijackers were five Arab men
led by a woman.
THE KENYA News Agency
also quoted the sources as say-
ing the hijackers' weapons in-
cluded hand grenades and other
explosives.
Contrary to previous reports
in Kampala that all aboard the
plane had disembarked at mid-
day Monday, the Kenyan agency
said the crew was still on the
aircraft parked beside Lake Vic-
toria about 100 yards from the
old terminal.
Consumer

French diplomats in Kampala
declined to comment on the hi-
jackers' demands, w h i c h in-
cluded a special Air France
flight to carry the 40 detainees
from Israel to Entebbe. The
Palestinians s a i d the other
countries h o I d i n g prisoners
should transport them by their
own means.
HOWEVER, FRENCH Foreign
Minister J e a n Sauvagnargues
said in Luxembourg that his
government "does not intend to
give in to a form of pressure
which it considers unaccept-
able."
Hashi Abdullah, Somali am-
bassador to Uganda, was named
as the PFLP spokesman in any
negotiations over the fate of the
hostages.
The hijackers said France
should name its representative.
confidenCe

not shared by poor

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over, that inflation is not as
bad," he said.
SURVEY DIRECTOR Jay
Schmiedeskamp attributed the
Index dip to a general lack of
interest in economic issues
since the sharp drop in unem-
ployment at the beginning of
the year spotlighted the sub-
ject.
"The good news is less on

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fore," he Aexplained, pointing
out that employment, sales,
profits and spending are still on
an upward swing.
"We're in a period of con-
solidation" from the recession,
according to Schmiedeskamp,
who predicted that optimism
will continue to rise rather
slowly in the foreseeable future.
"If you're interested in look-
ing at the effects of the reces-
sion," you should look at the
sentiments of the lower - in-
come bracket, said the econo-
mist. But if interested in the
outlook for the economy, he
added, it is better to observe
those in the high-income -
group because "they do most
of the spending and saving any-
way."
The SRC has been conducting
its quarterly surveys of 1500
people for 30 years, and, among
other things, predicted the re-
cession.

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