[Diary of a Vengeance Foretold] Part 73
13 SEPTEMBER 1988
“Any suggestion of a connection between Osthoff’s and Hamadi’s release is completely absurd.”
According to Lebanese and West German Embassy officials, a West German hostage who had been held captive for 20 months was released in Moslem-controlled West Beirut on Monday. The man (Rudolph Cordes) was handed over to Syrian officials, who sent him to Damascus.
On Jan. 14 1987, Mohammed Ali Hamadi, was arrested in Frankfurt on charges of air piracy in the 1985 hijacking of a T.W.A. flight from Athens to Rome. Four days later, Rudolf Cordes was abducted in West Beirut.
Cordes was freed in a deserted area of Beirut. The 53 years old West German businessman walked to a nearby home and called the police. Cordes was driven to Damascus where a private jet was waiting to fly him home.
Cordes’s kidnappers failed to secure the release of Hamadi but they managed to prevent his extradition to the United States. The West German Government proceeded with the hijacking trial.
NB. In Dec 2005, Germany secretly released Hamadi. The release occurred a few days before German hostage Susanne Osthoff was freed in Iraq.
Back to the Present (2008)
According to the Libyan news agency JANA, the Arab League Ministerial Council has reiterated a demand to release Abd al Basset al Megrahi, the lone Libyan national convicted of the bombing of Pan Am 103.
The Arab League Ministerial also endorsed Libya’s right to compensation for the consequent UN sanctions that lasted during almost a decade and costed Libya billions of dollars. Libya was represented by the Secretary of Arab Affairs at the General People’s Committee of the Foreign Liaison Bureau.
“The council renewed in a resolution issued at the end of its 130th session held at the headquarters in Cairo last night a demand for the release of al Megrahi, the Libyan national imprisoned in Scotland in connection with the Lockerbie case, urging the government of the UK to release document requested by al Megrahi’s defence before the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission. The resolution said Britain’s refusal to release the document represented a miscarriage of justice,” JANA reported.
NOTES AND REFERENCES
West German Hostage Is Released in Lebanon September 13, 1988
Germany frees Hezbollah member Hammadi December 25, 2005