German Court Rejects Hamadei Appeal

The high court in Karlsruhe rejected the appeal of convicted Palestinian terrorist Abbas Hamadei Tuesday.

Hamadei was sentenced by a Duesseldorf court last year to 13 years’ imprisonment for complicity in the kidnapping of two West German businessmen in Beirut and illegal possession of explosives.

The businessmen, subsequently freed, were taken hostage to try to secure the release of the defendant’s brother, Mohammed Ali Hamadei, who is standing trial in Frankfurt.

Mohammed Hamadei is charged with hijacking a TWA airliner over the Mediterranean in June 1985 and for the murder of one of its passengers, U.S. Navy diver Robert Stethem.

The Bonn authorities refused to extradite him to the United States.

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