A Palestinian man who helped plan the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship during which an American passenger was killed has died in an Italian jail.
Lawyer Sandro Clementi said Khaled Hussein died of a heart attack early Monday in a jail in Benevento, near Naples. He was 73.
Clementi said Hussein was convicted in absentia by a Genoa court and sentenced to life in jail in 1987 for helping plan the attack. Clementi said Hussein did not take part in the hijacking but provided logistical support.
Hussein was arrested in Greece in 1991 and then extradited to Italy.
The ship was hijacked by four Palestinian terrorists off of the coast of Egypt. During the incident, Leon Klinghoffer, an elderly Jewish man from New York, was shot and killed. The Palestinians dumped his body, and his wheelchair, into the sea.