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Mephistopheles

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Germany Releases Hezbollah Hijacker Wanted by US 0,,1829703_1,00.jpg Hamadi was among gunmen who hijacked the TWA flight in Beirut in June 1985 Germany has quietly released a jailed Hezbollah member wanted by the US for killing an American Navy diver. The timing -- just days after the freeing of a German hostage in Iraq -- has raised uncomfortable questions. Apparently ignoring Washington's extradition request for Mohammed Ali Hamadi, German authorities have secretly released the Lebanese Hezbollah member who was serving a life sentence in the country for the hijacking of a TWA jet and for the murder of a US navy diver. German prosecutors confirmed the release of Mohammed Ali Hamadi, now in his late 30s, to the Associated Press and said he was flown back to Lebanon last week. Hamadi was convicted in 1989 by a German court of killing US Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem during the 1985 hijacking of a TWA flight diverted to Beirut. He was sentenced to life without parole. His sentence is one Germany reserves for the most serious and cruel crimes. It is difficult but not impossible to release someone who receives such a sentence after 15 years. Hamadi served 19 years of his sentence. Hamadi's other brother, Abbas Ali, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for plotting the kidnapping of two Germans in Lebanon in the hope of forcing the release of his brother. He was released from jail after serving his term.

A tradeoff between Hamadi and Osthoff? Hamadi, now in his late 30s, was captured in 1987. German officials had tried unsuccessfully in the late 1980s to use him as a bargaining chip to free German hostages held in Lebanon. 0,,1824672_1,00.jpg Susanne Osthoff was released after three weeks in captivity in Iraq Some believe they were finally successful as Hamadi's release occurred shortly before German hostage Susanne Osthoff was freed in Iraq. The archaeologist was taken on Nov. 25 and was said by German authorities on Sunday to be in safe custody. The German Foreign Ministry however has denied any link between the Hamadi and Osthoff releases. "There is no connection between these two cases," Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin J├Ąger told Reuters. But a Lebanese source told Reuters that a senior German intelligence officer visited Damascus early this month but did not disclose the purpose of the trip. Syria is a key backer of Hezbollah and Hamadi's brother, Abdul-Hadi, was a senior security official of the group. US disappointed by Hamadi release Meanwhile, the release has disappointed Washington where US prosecutors had indicted Hamadi for the murder of 23-year-old US Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem, one of the passengers on board while the TWA plane was in Beirut. The US had requested extradition if he was released. "We are disappointed by the fact that he was released before the end of his sentence," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said, referring to Mohammed Ali Hamadi. "The US will make every effort to see that this individual faces justice in the US." Diplomats also said privately that the affair could further complicate touchy relations between the two allies that had warmed considerably since a dispute over the Iraq war.

Susanne Osthoff had worked in Iraq for humanitarian purposes. By now it is unclear why the hostage-takers actually realeased her. I am glad that this admirable woman got free at last. But I hope that her fortune is not related to the release of the Hezbollah hijackers. Maybe it was just coincidence. At least by now there is no evidence for an arrangement between the German government and the kidnappers. Nevertheless I think they finally used their remaining joker for a deal with kidnappers.




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Susanne Osthoff had worked in Iraq for humanitarian purposes. By now it is unclear why the hostage-takers actually realeased her. I am glad that this admirable woman got free at last.

But I hope that her fortune is not related to the release of the Hezbollah hijackers. Maybe it was just coincidence. At least by now there is no evidence for an arrangement between the German government and the kidnappers. Nevertheless I think they finally used their remaining joker for a deal with kidnappers.

That guy was in jail too long to be of any use to them now, so it was a good trade. All hail Germany, for giving in to terrorist demands with useless (but effective) prisoners!:bows::bows::bows:




Mephistopheles

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#3 12 years ago

If it had been a trade it would have been a good trade. Nevertheless I hope it had been no trade at all...




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#4 12 years ago
Delta ForceThat guy was in jail too long to be of any use to them now, so it was a good trade. All hail Germany, for giving in to terrorist demands with useless (but effective) prisoners!:bows::bows::bows:

How prisoners can be effective and useless in the same time?

Personally I think that "we" shouldn't give in to terrorist demands in any circumstances because it just feeds them to take more hostages and present more demands. Trades like this (if it was a trade) just gives them more strenght.




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#5 12 years ago

Giving in to terrorists shows immense weakness. Oh, wait... Bush let's US hostages die all the time, he's evil. Wait...




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#6 12 years ago

If this was a trade off, it's the first successful one I've heard of. Usually governments refuse to negotiate deals with terrorists or do so only to stall for time. And who'd expect the terrorists to actually release a hostage after their demands have been met. I'd expect them to just keep the hostage and make more demands.


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#7 12 years ago

RelanderHow prisoners can be effective and useless in the same time?

Personally I think that "we" shouldn't give in to terrorist demands in any circumstances because it just feeds them to take more hostages and present more demands. Trades like this (if it was a trade) just gives them more strenght.

He was useles to the Germans, he was a terrorist in the 80s and he had rotted in jail for so long he has probley lost all his skills. It was usefull becuase his release was good enough for them to release a prisoner.

Bottom line: Excellent trade. I wish Bush would do this.




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#8 12 years ago

Giving back any terrorist for a hostaged civilian is a bad trade. No matter how much their "skills" have declined. "We do not negotiate with terrorists." For good reasons. People know the risks when they go to places like Iraq or Afghanistan of their own free will, it isn't the governments responsibility to bail them out by giving in to terrorists' demands.




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#9 12 years ago

With all the torturing and secret translocations going on, I wouldn't want my government to extradite any prisoners to the US. Actually, I wouldn't even do so just because they still have the death penalty.




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#10 12 years ago

Negotiating with terrorists :(




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