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Iranians Extradited to Russia on Hijacking Charges

January 24, 1995

MOSCOW (AP) _ Three Iranians extradited from Norway arrived in Moscow today to face charges of hijacking an Aeroflot airliner in 1993.

The men were turned over to Russian authorities after arriving at Sheremetyevo II airport on a chartered plane from the airport at Gardermoen, near Oslo, Norway.

They had been held in Norway since their arrest Sept. 15, 1993, on charges of forcing a Russian domestic airliner to fly from southern Russia to Norway. All 51 people aboard were released unharmed after hours of negotiation.

The Iranians _ Khalil Moghadani-Bahlul, 36, Mansour Mohammadi, 29, and Farhad Rahildi, 31 _ had lost their appeals in the Norwegian court system.

Russia also agreed to Norway’s terms for the extradition, including guarantees that the men would not be executed or turned over to another country.

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