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Monday, September 8, ,1986
By the Associated Press
Hijacked Pan Am siege ends
Palestinian gunmen seized; U.S. issues arrest warrants
KARACHI, Pakistan President
Mohammad Zia Ul-Had said Sunday
that four young Palestinians who hi
jacked a Pan Am jumbo jet will be
hanged if convicted of hijacking and
"They will receive the punishment
that such a crime deserves," Zia told a
news conference at Karachi airport.
The gunmen seized the plane at the
airport, with nearly 400 people aboard,
early Friday. The hijacking ended 17
hours later when the lights went out
aboard the plane and the hijackers
fired on passengers. Pakistani com
mandos were in control half an hour
after the shooting began.
Fifteen people, including three Amer
icans, were killed. Hospitals reported
127 injured. U.S. officials have said 17
Americans were wounded.
Zia said the hijackers would not be
extradited to the United States.
The U.S. Justice Department on Sat
urday issued arrest warrants for three
of the hijackers. U.S. officials said the
warrants were, issued as a precaution, ;
but emphasized that Pakistan was '
handling the case.
"We have a very effective law, the
punishment for which is the death
sentence," said Zia who returned to
Karachi Sunday night after represent-,
ing Pakistani the summit of the' non-U
aligned movement in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Pakistani courts impose death by
hanging for murder. The sentence is
The president said the gunmen are
Palestinians, ranging in age from 19 to
25. He said they do not appear to be
connected to any government.
Aft er seizing t he plane, the hijackers
had demanded to be flown to Cyprus
where they wanted to free jailed Pales
tinian terrorists. The four now are
being held at an army camp near
The president said he was com
pletely satisfied with the way Pakistani
security forces handled the incident.
"I'm very proud of them," Zia said.
,"It could have been far worse. Many
more lives could have been lost."
Khurshid Anwar Mirza, director gen
eral of the Civil Aviation Authority and
the chief government negotiator during
the hijacking, told a news conference
Saturday that it took commandos at
leastiOwinutes to reach the plane.
Manypassengers and other witnesses
said they did not see security forces
until some time after the shooting
Airport security officials said Sun
day five security guards have been sus
pended for suspected negligence be
cause they were guarding the gate
through which the hijackers, disguised
as guards, drove to reach the plane.
Over the weekend, Pakistani offi
cials offered conflicting statements
about the number of people killed and
the fate of the hyackers.
Officials said Sunday that it appeared
14 passengers and a stewardess were
killed. Previous reports had said a
ground worker also was killed.
Officials also said initially that two
hijackers were killed. Zia said he did
not know why there had been such
Most survivors left Karachi Sunday.
A Pan Am plane flew 2 1 7 passengers
to Frankfurt, West Germany. More than
half were to continue on to London and
An Indian Airlines Airbus evacuated
89 survivors, including 15 wounded, to
Bombay. A plain wooden coffin contain
ing the body of the slain stewardess, an
Indian citizen, was loaded aboard.
A U.S. Air Force C-141 medical trans
port plane flew 11 injured, including
six Americans, to West Germany.
FBI investigates hijacking;
survivors flown to West Germany
FRANKFURT, West Germany - A
special Pan Am jumbo jet landed in
Frankfurt Sunday with 217 survivors
of a hijacking in Karachi, PakisianJL
which killed at least 15 pe'ojHe"
including three Americans.
FBI agents investigating the day
long Friday hijacking were at the
airport to meet the pic ne and talk to
the 44 Americans aboard,-; "if they
have evidence to present," said."
State department spokesman""
The plane arrived at 7:10 p.m.
An Indian man was the first to
come into the airport lounge, where ;
-;soft Hdrinks, coffee and cheesecake fc
"it'was a harrowing experience,"
said the man, who refused to iden
tify himself. "We had a horrible
After a brief stopover, the plane
'was.to fly to London and New York.
1 Pan Am officials said 72 passengers
' would leave the plane in Frankfurt,
18 in London and 127 would go on to
' The Justice Department on Sat
urday issued arrest warrants for the
hijackers, charging them with mur
der, hostage-taking, attempted air
piracy and aircraft sabotage.
White House officials said the
warrants were issued as a precau
tionary measure and emphasized
that the Pakistani government is in
charge of the case.
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Tutu to lead South Africa
as first black archbishop
CAPE TOWN, South Africa Des
mond Tutu was installed Sunday as
archbishop of Cape Town, the first
black to lead the Anglican Church in
southern Africa, and promptly used his
new pulpit to assail apartheid as evil
Bishops, diplomats and civil rights
campaigners from across the world
were among the 1,400 invited guests
crowded into St. George's Cathedral for
the ceremony, which blended religious
pagentry with a celebration of the anti
"We shall be free, all of us, black and i
white, for it is God's intention," Tutu,
54, said near the close of a sweeping
But he contended that "the primary
violence in this country is the violence
Apartheid establishes a racially segre
gated society in which the 24 million
black majority has no vote in national
affairs. The 5 million white minority
controls the economy and maintains
separate districts, schools and health
Tutu, wearing white robes and a gold
mitre, entered the Bothic cathedral
after giving a symbolic knock on its
northwest door. The cathedral is across
a tree-lined promenade from Parlia
ment and President P.W. Botha's offi
Tutu was then led in a procession to
the throne and formally installed as
leader of 3 million Anglicans in South
Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, South-west
Africa and parts of Mozambique.
To cheers from the crowd, he pledged
to rule his congregation, about 75 per
cent of them black, "with truth, justice
In the audience were Archbishop of
Canterbury Robert Runcie; Coretta Scott
King, widow of American civil rights
leader Martin Luther King, Jr.; and
black activist Winnie Mandela, who on
Saturday visited her husband, jailed
African National Congress leader Nel
son Mandela, at nearby Pilsmoor Prison.
Following the enthronement, Tutu
and Runcie presided over a rain-spattered
but festive outdoor service for
about 10,000 people at a fairgrounds
Runcie, in a sermon at the fair
grounds, praised Tutu as a man of love,
vision and peace and endorsed his
appeal for non-violence.
"As no system based on brutal repres
sion can endure, so no change achieved
by violence can escape its damaging
infection," said Runcie, spiritual leader
of the 74 million Anglicans worldwide.
"These are the lessons of history.
They are the message of the cross."
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Middles AmericrJi Twesearch Institute.
Gri Lanlia deaths linked to water
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Contaminated water has killed 15 people in
the past 10 &ys near the western coastal town cf Puttahm, health
cfr.cia!s said Sundcy.
Tl'.ey rcforte d at least 100 people have been hospitalized and said the
illness was diagnosed as Shipella diarrhea.
Dr Hector Gajadeera, health officer in the town of Chilaw, 30 miles to
the south, blamed the epidemic on water from a storage tank piped
through a 00-year-old supply system without purificat ion.
Water-borne epidemics of diarrhea claim some 6,000 lives in Sri Lanka
Tropical storm nears Barbados
MIAMI A disturbance off the island of Barbados strengthened into a
tropical storm Sunday and was given the name Danielle, the fourth named
storm of the 1986 Atlantic hurricane season, meteorologists reported.
At noon EDT the center of Danielle was located near latitude 1 1.5 north
and longitude 55.5 west or 270 miles east-southeast of Barbados, accord
ing to an advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center in Coral
The storm, packing 40 mph wind, was moving west-northwest at 20 to 25
mph, and forecasters said conditions were favorable for further
Gusts swept across the area Sunday and the government of Barbados
issued gale warnings for the islands of Barbados, St. Vincent and the
Grenadines. The weather service warned small craft elsewhere in the
Windward Islands to remain in port.
American reporter Daniloff
charged with espionage
MOSCOW American reporter Nich
olas Daniloff was charged with espion
age on Sunday, state-run television
said, a charge that under the Russian
criminal code could carry the death
penalty on conviction.
Daniloff was believed to be the first
foreign journalist ever formally charged
with spying here.
Daniloff called the Moscow office of
his magazine, U.S. News & World Report,
and told reporter Jeff Trimble that he
was indicted in a legal proceeding at
Moscow's Lefortovo Prison at 2 p.m.,
He told his colleague he was charged
under Article 65 of the Russian Federa
tion Criminal Code. This article states
that those committing espionage "shall
be punished by deprivation of freedom
for a term of seven to 15 years ... or by
Trimble quoted Daniloff as saying he
did not know when a trial might take
place, but that he was told the investi
gation of his case could take six
months or even nine months if there
were extraordinary- circumstances.
"My case is moving into a more
serious phase," Trimble quoted Dani
loff as saying in the 20-minute call.
"The charge of espionage puts it on a
par with another case we know about."
He was referring to Soviet U.N. em
ployee Gennadiy Zakharov, who was
arrested in New York on Aug. 23 on an
espionage charge. Daniloff s wife, Ruth,
has claimed her husband was framed in
retaliation for Zakharov's arrest.
Daniloff, 52, was arrested Aug. 30
moments after a Soviet acquaintance
gave him a packet later found to con
tain secret maps and photographs. The
news weekly magazine correspondent
has been held since then at the Mos
A commentator on the Soviet televi
sion news program Vremya confirmed
that Daniloff was charged, but gave no
Foreign Ministry spokesman Gen
nady Gerasimov told CBS-TV's "Face
the Nation" program on Sunday that a
trial would be held soon but gave no
date. Gerasimov spoke from Moscow
via satellite before word came that
Daniloff was charged.
"This could have serious implications
for U.S.-Soviet relations if this con
tinues," White House spokesman Larry
Speakes said. Daniloff is innocent."
Speakes reiterated that "there will
be no trade" of any accused Soviet spy
Meanwhile, Pravda, the Communist
Party newspaper, claimed Daniloff
worked for the CIA, and that the United
States was using the case as an excuse
to "frustrate important diplomat meet;
ings between the U.S.S.R. and the U.S.
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