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A law that gave the German government the authority to shoot down hijacked commercial airliners has been repealed by the nation's highest court.

A law that gave the German government the authority to shoot down hijacked commercial airliners has been repealed by the nation's highest court. In overturning the law, the court explained that the law violated the constitutional rights of passengers aboard hijacked planes. The issue of shooting down hijacked planes has proved contentious in European countries, even after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Thus, the laws on the issue vary widely from country to country and security experts say this makes it difficult to respond to a hijacking in Europe.

Source: Washington Post
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Date:Apr 1, 2006
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