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State Department Welcomes Conviction of Two Terrorists by Cypriot Court

The United States said today that it welcomed the murder conviction of two Palestinian terrorists by a Cypriot court as a measure to curb international terrorism. The court in Nicosia sentenced the terrorists to hang for the Feb. 18 slaying of Yousef Sabai, Editor-in-Chief of the Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram, a crime aimed against President Anwar Sadat’s peace initiative. The terrorists were seized at Lamaca Airport in Cyprus after an unsuccessful attempt to escape in a hijacked plane.

State Department spokesman Hodding Carter, commenting on the conviction, declared “I would like to reiterate our view that anything which serves to curb or penalize terrorism, we welcome. Clearly this is such a step and we welcome it.”