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Grand Jury Indicts Man In Airport Hostage Incident

January 14, 1987

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ A federal grand jury has indicted a man on charges of holding a 10-year-old boy hostage at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Solah Kassem Abou-Kassem, a 26-year-old Syrian national, was arrested after a hostage incident that lasted nearly eight hours on Jan. 5. He is accused of holding the boy at gunpoint and threatening to kill him if authorities did not meet his demands for a flight to Egupt.

Abou-Kassem is charged with two counts of hostage-taking, one count of attempted aircraft piracy, one count of threat to commit aircraft piracy, one count of possession of a firearm by an illegal alien and four counts of use of a firearm in commission of federal crimes. The indictment was issued Tuesday.

The gunman freed the child unharmed and surrendered after police gave him a false immigration document that promised passage out of the country.

The nine counts carry a maximum penalty of life in prison and fines totaling $1.25 million.

Abou-Kassem has been ordered to undergo psychological testing.

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