• Short Summary

    CHRISTIAN BELON, THE YOUNG FRENCHMAN WHO HIJACKED AN AMERICAN AIRLINER TO BEIRUT LAST WEEK, WAS RELEASED ON THURSDAY (15 JANUARY) BY LEBANESE AUTHORITY IN THE CAPITAL AFTER PAYING 25 LEBANESE POUNDS (ABOUT GBP3 STERLING) BAIL.

  • Description

    CHRISTIAN BELON, THE YOUNG FRENCHMAN WHO HIJACKED AN AMERICAN AIRLINER TO BEIRUT LAST WEEK, WAS RELEASED ON THURSDAY (15 JANUARY) BY LEBANESE AUTHORITY IN THE CAPITAL AFTER PAYING 25 LEBANESE POUNDS (ABOUT GBP3 STERLING) BAIL.

    BELON, 26, WAS ARRESTED LAST FRIDAY (9 JANUARY) AND CHARGED WITH HIJACKING, ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF ARMS, AND UNLAWFUL USE OF ARMS. HE FIRED A SERIES OF SHOTS INTO THE AIRCRAFT'S INSTRUMENTS AFTER IT HAD LANDED IN BEIRUT.

    BELON WAS TAKEN BY GUARDS FROM THE BAABDA PRISON WHERE HE HAD BEEN HELD FOR QUESTIONING, TO THE MAIN SECURITY BUILDING IN THE CENTRE OF BEIRUT. THERE, HE WAS OFFICIALLY RELEASED. SECURITY AUTHORITIES HAVE GIVEN BELON A TEMPORARY PERMIT TO STAY IN LEBANON UNTIL SATURDAY (17 JANUARY).

    ONE OF THE HIJACKER'S DEFENCE COUNSELS, MR. ADEL KHALAF, WHO SPOKE TO REPORTERS OUTSIDE THE PRISON, SAID BELON WOULD SEE THE INTERIOR MINISTER ON FRIDAY (16 JANUARY), MR. KAMAL JAMBLATT, WHO HAS INVITED HIM TO SPEND A WEEK IN THE COUNTRY.

    BELON LATER REAFFIRMED TO REPORTERS WHAT HE HAD SAID DURING INTERROGATION THAT HE HAD HIJACKED THE TRANS WORLD AIRLINES BOEING TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE ARAB CASE IN PALESTINE. HE ALSO TOLD REPORTERS HE WOULD PERSONALLY THANK THE LEBANESE LEADERS FOR THE TREATMENT HE RECEIVED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA109TSNO17UA0U7TE8OXMWGWTV
    Media URN:
    VLVA109TSNO17UA0U7TE8OXMWGWTV
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/01/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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