Suspected Lebanese Hijacker Arrested on Mykonos



A Lebanese man, accused of involvement in the hijacking of a TWA plane and the murder of a US Navy diver in 1985, has been arrested in Greece, police said on Saturday.

The 65-year-old was spotted by policemen on the island of Mykonos and was detained on Thursday, according to a statement.

Greek authorities said there was a European arrest warrant issued by Germany for the man, suspected of being involved in the hijacking as well as a kidnapping, which was committed in 1987.

Greek media said that he was involved in the June 14, 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847 and the murder of an American passenger.

The plane was travelling from Cairo to San Diego with stops in Athens, Rome, Boston, and Los Angeles. It was hijacked after it took off from Athens.

Over a horrific 17 days, TWA pilot John Testrake was forced to crisscross the Mediterranean with his 153 passengers and crew members, from Beirut to Algiers and back again, landing in Beirut three times before he was finally allowed to stop.

On June 15, 1985 during the first stop in Beirut, 23-year-old US Navy diver Robert Stethem was severely beaten and shot at point blank range in the head. His body was then thrown onto the tarmac of the Beirut airport.