List of 16 people charged in connection with Achille Lauro hijacking With Hijack Warrants, Bjt
GENOA, Italy (AP) _ The following is a list of 16 people charged by Genoa prosecutors with kidnapping and murder in connection with the hijacking of the Achille Lauro.
1. Mohammed Abbas, 37, Syrian-born leader of the Palestine Liberation Front. He was aboard an Egyptian airliner, along with the four men accused of carrying out the hijacking, that was forced by U.S. warplanes to land in Sicily. Italian authorities, first saying they had no evidence to hold him, let him leave Italy. His whereabouts are unknown.
2. Youssef Magied al-Molqi, 23, accused of leading the hijacking. Prosecutors say he also has confessed to killing passenger Leon Klinghoffer of New York. Convicted Monday of illegally possessing arms and explosives, he was sentenced to eight years in prison by a Genoa court.
3. Ibrahim Fatayer Abdelatif, 20-year-old Lebanese accused of hijacking the ship. He drew seven years and three months in the Monday trial for illegal possession of weapons.
4. Bassam Al-Ashker, accuses of being a hijacker. A 19-year-old Lebanese, he was sentenced Monday to six years for illegal possession of weapons.
5. Ahmad Marrouf Al-Assadi, also charged with being a hijacker. A Syrian, he was sentenced to four years for weapons smuggling.
6. Mohammed Issa Abbas, identified as a cousin of Abbas. A 25-year-old Syrian, he received the stiffest sentence, nine years, in the Monday trial. According to the prosecutor, he smuggled automatic rifles and hand grenades into Italy in a red Renault 9 that was transported from Tunisia to Genoa by ferry. He was arrested at the dock, carrying false passports, according to the prosecutors.
7. Mohammed Jarbua, a Palestinian who, according to prosecutors, had planned to board the ship but was too sick to do so. At large.
8. Ozzuddin Badrakkam, 39, also known as Abu Oz, and identified as the military leader of the Palestine Liberation Front, was with Abbas on the intercepted Egyptian plane. At large.
9. Abdul Rahem Khaled, 45, alias Abu Amar, described as a colonel in the PLF. He is said to have boarded the ship with a false Greek passport in the name of Petros Flores and got off in Egypt. At large.
10. Ziad El Omar, a 35-year-old PLF official suspected of buying the ship tickets for the four hijackers. At large.
11. Abu Ali Kazem, one of Abbas’ bodyguards, accused of accompanying the hijackers in Italy. At large.
12. Abu Kifah, suspected of delivering automatic rifles and hand grenades to the hijackers. At large.
13. Mohammed Al Khadra, suspected of delivering automatic rifles and hand grenades to the hijackers. At large. Both Kifah and Khadra were said to be close associates of Abbas.
14. Yussef Ali Ismail, a Jordanian who was arrested in a campground outside Rome.
15. Hussari Ibrahim, in custody, described by magistrates as a minor figure.
16. Yussef Hisham Nasser, accused of helping the hijackers in Italy. At large.