World Notes: Dec. 2, 1985

ITALY Needed: A Quick Conviction

The prosecutors wanted a speedy trial, and they got it. In seven hours, a three-judge panel in Genoa tried and convicted five Palestinian terrorists last week for illegally possessing arms and explosives in connection with the Oct. 7 seajacking of the Achille Lauro. The trial was a pre-emptive move to ensure the defendants' continued custody while Italian magistrates prepare for the more serious battle ahead: the trial of the five young Palestinians and eleven others, including alleged Mastermind Mohammed Abul Abbas Zaidan, who are charged with kidnaping and the murder of Passenger Leon Klinghoffer.

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