COSTA RICA: Terrorizing Terrorists

Never one to back away from a fight, Costa Rica's cocky little (5 ft. 3 in.) President José Figueres Ferrer,65, last week took a very personal hand in foiling a boringly familiar contemporary crime—the hijacking of a jetliner.

"Don Pepe'' had just finished a rousing speech in the coffee-growing town of Puriscal. about 20 miles from the capital of San José, when an aide handed him an urgent message. Figueres' old fighting spirit flared as he read that three gunmen from Nicaragua had hijacked a Nicaraguan BAC 1-11 with 40 passengers and six crew members aboard. The plane...

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