Another Palestinian hijacker/murderer released for "good behavior"

J4JP Prefacing Comment:

For nearly a quarter of a century, successive governments of Israel have wantonly, wrecklessly, irresponsibly, calculatedly, deliberately and disingenuously failed to make a case for the release of Jonathan Pollard who, Israeli leaders admit, saved Israeli lives and did not murder anyone. Israel's silence and the silence of world opinion makers and legislators each time the US or other ally frees a murderous terrorist responsible for taking lives, using spurious and insulting criteria such as "good behavior", is all the more stunning in light of the constant invective and defamation which continues to be heaped upon Pollard. Words fail to adequately address this moral outrage.

Associated Press - THE JERUSALEM POST - April 30, 2009

One of the Palestinians who hijacked the Achille Lauro cruise ship and killed an American Jewish passenger in 1985 has been released after more than 23 years in jail, officials said Thursday.

Youssef Magied al-Molqui left prison in Palermo, Sicily, on Wednesday and was transferred to a holding center for immigrants in nearby Trapani while officials work to expel him, police in the Sicilian capital said.

Molqui, a member of the four-man team that hijacked the Achille Lauro off the Egyptian coast, had been serving a 30-year sentence, which was reduced for good behavior.

He was convicted of shooting elderly New Yorker Leon Klinghoffer and ordering him to be dumped overboard.

In 1996, Molqui disappeared during a furlough, but he was recaptured in Spain after three weeks on the run.

Molqui's lawyer, Stella Cavallo, was quoted by the ANSA news agency as saying she would fight the expulsion order.

She said her client had married an Italian woman and had no recognized citizenship, and therefore no country would take him in. No one answered the telephone at the lawyer's office on Thursday.

Another convicted Achille Lauro hijacker, Ibrahim Fatayer Abdelatif, was released last year. Italian authorities have tried to expel him but his lawyers have appealed the decision, arguing he should be allowed to stay for humanitarian reasons because he, too, has no citizenship.

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