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Originally posted by Fett Pinkus
I do believe he served his time , 19 years can be very long seeing as he was supposedly 21 years old at the time so hes missed a great deal in his life i think, appart from that they didnt want to hand him over to the us because of him having the chance to get the death penalty.
Hamadi was paroled just two days before a German hostage was released in Iraq. The German government says there's no connection between the two cases.
According to a Reuters news report, there is speculation that the release of the Hezbollah extremist may be connected to last weekend's freeing of a German woman taken hostage in Iraq three weeks ago.
Originally posted by Fett Pinkus
hi Seekerof , In germany the term life sentence is used differently to that in the Us ,if they want to keep the inmate longer then he gets what is called sicherheits verwahrung after serving his term (meaning he is kept in jail for as long as the authorities deem fit ),when somebody gets the life sentence they do take alook after 15 years to see if he may elegable for parole
As for me being new that isnt true as ive more been lurking in the background for quit sometime doing heaps of reading but thanks anway
Originally posted by Agent47
He stood trial in a different country for charges that encompassed the hijacking not just the murder by itself. This man murdered an American servicemen which is far different from some murderer serving 10-20 for knocking off a rival drug dealer or some nonsense. He kililed a man serving in the Navy and deserves to answer for his crimes.
Originally posted by Riwka
It is rumoured that Germany traded the freedom of Hezbollah terrorist Mohammad Ali Hamadi, who tortured and murdered U.S. Navy Diver Robert Dean Stethem, for Mrs. Susanne Osthoff.
Within three days of Hamadi's release, Susanne Osthoff, a German citizen kidnapped in Iraq, was released.
(see this thread TERRORISM: First german citizen kidnapped in Iraq)
...Hammadi habe nach Absitzen von 19 Jahren Haft einfach die regulären Mittel benutzt, um freizukommen. Aus der Haftanstalt und von einem Gutachter hätten Einschätzungen vorgelegen, dass er nicht mehr gefährlich sei, sagte seine Anwältin. Folglich entschied das Landgericht Kleve am 30. November 2005, dass er aus der Haft entlassen werden und sofort in den Libanon ausreisen solle. ...
Washington Times: Navy diver's killer held in Beirut
The Lebanese killer of a U.S. Navy diver was in custody in Beirut yesterday, according to U.S. officials who decried his release from a German prison last week and pledged to bring him to the United States for trial.
The United States, which has been seeking Hamadi's extradition since his 1987 capture in Frankfurt, privately expressed anger at his early release, but officials said they were determined to "get our hands on him."
"We are going to make every effort to see that he stands trial here in the United States," said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack. "We are disappointed now that he has been released before the end of his full sentence."
Mr. Hamadi was put on trial in Frankfurt in 1989, found guilty of Mr. Stethem's murder, and sentenced to the maximum under the law of what was then West Germany, life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years.
His release on Thursday came only a few days before a German archaeologist, Susanne Osthoff, was freed by a group that took her hostage in Iraq three weeks ago.
When he was arrested while in transit at the Frankfurt airport, Mr. Hamadi was found to be carrying three bottles of a chemical explosive in his luggage.
The Lebanese killer of a U.S. Navy diver was in custody in Beirut yesterday