(born 1959), also called Fawaz Yunis
, is a Lebanese hijacker
who was arrested and imprisoned by the United States. He was later deported after serving sixteen years of his sentence.
He was born in Lebanon
in 1959 and became an Amal Movement
militiaman and then a part of Hezbollah
. On June 11, 1985, he led a team that hijacked Royal Jordanian
Flight 402 with four American nationals on board. The Jordanian airliner was sitting on the tarmac at Beirut International Airport
when it was stormed by Younis' team. After a 13-hour siege, the hijackers released the 70 passengers and blew up the plane. Younis appeared on television as a spokesman for the hijackers.
The comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 created a new section in the U.S. Criminal Code for Hostage Taking and The Omnibus Diplomatic Security And Antiterrorism Act of 1986 established a new extraterritorial statute pertaining to terrorist acts conducted abroad against U.S. citizens and interests. Upon approval by the host country, the FBI
has the legal authority to deploy FBI personnel to conduct extraterritorial investigations in the host country where the criminal act has been committed, enabling the United States to prosecute terrorists for crimes committed against U.S. citizens.
In September 1987, Younis was lured aboard a yacht in international waters off Cyprus
with promises of a drug deal, arrested by the FBI, and flown to Andrews... Read More