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Confessed hijacker Mohammed Ali Hamadi said he was one of two hooded hostage-takers who appeared at a Beirut news conference during the 1985 hijacking of a TWA jetliner. Hamadi, charged with air piracy and murder in the hijacking, made the admission in court in Frankfurt, West Germany, after officials watched a videotape of the news conference. A U.S. Navy diver was killed and 39 Americans were held hostage for 17 days after the plane was diverted to Beirut. Hamadi has previously admitted his part in the hijacking but denies the murder charge.

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