Rashid Trial Postponed For 8 days
ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ The trial of a Palestinian charged with murder in the 1982 mid-air bombing of a Pan Am jumbo jet was postponed Tuesday for eight days to give defense lawyers time to study the evidence against him.
The postponement also gives the new president of the three-member felony court time to study the indictment against 41-year-old Mohammed Rashid.
Apostolos Karagianopoulos replaced court president Christos Anastopoulos after the latter suffered a heart attack.
The court will reconvene Oct. 23 after defense lawyers study a list of documents that catalogue the exhibits against Rashid.
The list was turned over by the FBI, which carried out the six-year investigation that led to Rashid’s 1988 arrest in Athens.
Rashid, an Iraqi-based Palestinian, is accused of planting a bomb aboard Pan Am flight 830, which was flying from Tokyo to Honolulu. The explosion killed a 15-year-old Japanese boy, Toru Ozawa, and injured 15 others.
Rashid, who claims he is a Palestine Liberation Organization official named Mohammed Hamdan, has denied all the charges.