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The Administration has decided against seeking the indictment of Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat in connection with the 1973 slayings of two American diplomats in the Sudan, the Justice Department disclosed. Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III told Congress that the United States lacks both the jurisdiction and the evidence to seek the indictment, a spokesman said. In a letter to the Senate, the Justice Department said the law providing for federal criminal liability for the murder of U.S. diplomats abroad was not passed until 1976.


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