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Bosnian Refugee Pleads Guilty to Hijacking Norwegian Airliner

June 12, 1995

OSLO, Norway (AP) _ A 25-year-old Bosnian refugee pleaded guilty Monday to hijacking a Norwegian airliner. He could face up to 21 years in prison.

Haris Kec was charged with hijacking Scandinavian Airlines System flight SK 347 in northern Norway on Nov. 3, 1994, and forcing it to fly south to Gardermoen airport, about 25 miles north of Oslo.

All 129 people aboard the airliner were released unharmed and Kec, who turned out to be unarmed, surrendered seven hours after seizing control of the plane.

At the time, Kec said he wanted to call attention to the civil war in Bosnia. He fled the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, in 1992 and was granted refugee status in Norway a year later.

Defense attorney Sigmund Oien told newspapers that he would ask for the shortest possible sentence _ less than two years _ when the Oslo superior court sentences Kec. The maximum sentence for hijacking is 21 years.

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