Italy to expel Palestinian hijacker

Member of cell that hijacked cruise ship and killed Jewish New Yorker set to be flown to Damascus.

Achille Lauro 248 88 (photo credit: Courtesy [file])
Achille Lauro 248 88
(photo credit: Courtesy [file])
Italian authorities are set to expel one of the Palestinians who hijacked the Achille Lauro cruise ship in 1985 and killed an American passenger, a lawyer said Saturday. Attorney Gianfranco Pagano said that later Saturday, Youssef Magied al-Molqui would be flown from Palermo, Sicily, to Rome and then on to Damascus. In April, Al-Molqui was transferred to a holding center for immigrants in Sicily after spending 23 years in prison. Al-Molqui was a member of the four-man team that hijacked the Achille Lauro off the Egyptian coast. He was convicted of shooting Leon Klinghoffer, an elderly Jewish man from New York, and ordering him to be dumped in the sea while in his wheelchair.