U.S. Army Colonel Frnest Morgan flew out of Beirut on Sunday (13 July) with the?
U.S. Army Colonel Frnest Morgan flew out of Beirut on Sunday (13 July) with the comment: "All's well thatwell"
Colonel Morgan -- freed on Saturday after being held for thirteen days by Pro-Palestinian kidnappers -- told newsmen he was returning to his family and "hopefully some semblance of normality".
The 43-year-old Colonel was dragged from a taxi by gunmen near Beirut Airport on 29 June. The kidnappers demanded that the U.S. Embassy distribute food, clothes and building materials to a dockland slum area, badly damaged recently during political fighting in Beirut.
The demand was met, but the supplies were rejected by residents who claimed they did not want American charity. However, the U.S. Embassy firmly denied having supplied the goods, claiming the United States Government had made no concessions to the kidnappers.
The kidnappers, calling themselves the Revolutionary Socialists Action Organisation, are believed to be radical Palestinian Commandos opposed to the leadership of Yasser Arafat.
And while the drama of the kidnapping seems to be subsiding, a military magistrate in Beirut has started to interrogate ten people, who could be sentence to death on charges or subversion.
The accused ... three of them women ... are changed with belonging to a banned Arab communist organisation responsible for subversive operations in Lebanon and Syria.