ADL URGES ITALY TO BRING CONVICTED ACHILLE LAURO TERRORIST TO JUSTICE
New York, NY, May 14, 1998
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) urged the Government
of Italy to bring the convicted mastermind of the 1985 Achille Lauro hijacking to justice.
Abu Abbas, convicted in absentia by an Italian court in 1986 of the hijacking and the
murder of American passenger Leon Klinghoffer, resurfaced in Gaza last week.
In a letter to Ambassador Ferdinando Salleo, Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director,
and Lisa and Ilsa Klinghoffer, daughters of Leon Klinghoffer, said, "It is important
that the government of Italy demonstrate that Mr. Abbas will not escape punishment for his
outrageous act. We urge the Government of Italy to pursue all means available to bring
this convicted terrorist to justice."
In October 1985 Palestinian terrorists hijacked the Italian registered Achille Lauro
cruise ship for three days with some 450 passengers on board. Mr. Abbas, at large since
1986, is believed to have been living in Iraq.
The ADL, through its Leon and Marilyn Klinghoffer Memorial Foundation and William and
Naomi Gorowitz Institute on terrorism and extremism, works to combat the threat of
terrorism through educational, political and legal means.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.