A Lebanese man arrested by Greek authorities over the weekend has turned out not to be involved with the 1985 murder of Navy diver Robert Stethem during the hijacking of TWA Flight 847, the sailor's brother told Task & Purpose.
Greek media initially reported over the weekend that Hezbollah terrorist Mohammed Ali Hammadi had been taken into custody. A German court had sentenced Hammadi to life in prison for Stethem's death, but he was paroled in 2005 and returned to Lebanon.
But Kenneth Stethem, a former Navy SEAL, said a Justice Department official informed him on Sunday that the man currently held by Greek authorities is, in fact, not Hammadi.
Guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) Sailors participate in a memorial for the shipÕs namesake, Robert D. Stethem. Navy diver, Steelworker 2nd Class Robert Stethem, who was returning from an assignment in the Middle East, when he was taken hostage aboard TWA 847 commercial airliner. The flight was hijacked by terrorists, and Stethem was shot to death after being tortured by the terrorists on June 15, 1985. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Danny Ewing Jr.)
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police have arrested a 65-year-old Lebanese man suspected of involvement in the 1985 hijacking of a Trans World Airlines (TWA) plane in which a U.S. navy diver was killed.
A Greek police official said on Saturday the suspect had disembarked from a cruise ship on the island of Mykonos on Thursday and that his name came up as being wanted by German authorities.