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1986 Pan Am hijacker will not face the death penalty.


The leader of a group of Palestinian terrorists who hijacked a Pan Am aircraft in 1986 and killed 22 people will not face the death penalty.

According to court papers, Zayd Hassan Abd Al-Latif Masud Al Safarini led the group who boarded the aircraft while it was parked at Pakistan's Karachi Airport on 5 September 1986. The men wanted to be flown out of Pakistan and demanded that prisoners in Cyprus and Israel be released. Following a 15-hour standoff, the hijackers gathered the passengers and crew in one area of the aircraft and began shooting and throwing hand grenades. A total of 22 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

Safarini reportedly formed a plea bargain agreement. Details of the agreement are to remain secret until a hearing on 16 December 2003, The Associated Press reported.

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Date:Nov 13, 2003
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