Two young Arab Commandos accused of throwing a grenade which killed a two-year-old boy went on trial on Friday (July 24), despite a Greek Government pledge that they will be set free in 30 days.
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Background: Two young Arab Commandos accused of throwing a grenade which killed a two-year-old boy went on trial on Friday (July 24), despite a Greek Government pledge that they will be set free in 30 days.
The Government promise was given on Wednesday (July 22) when six Arab Guerrillas held the crew and 47 messengers of a Greek airliner as hostages at Athens Airport, demanding the release of the two accused commandos and five others.
The Olympic Airways jetliner was hi-jacked on a scheduled flight from Beirut to Athens. The passengers were released after eight hours of captivity when the Greek Government pledged to free the seven Arabs on August 22.
Two of the five commandos already sentenced were jailed last March for wilful manslaughter after an attack on an Israeli airliner at Athens Airport in which an Israeli passenger died.
The other three were sent to prison last month for illegal possession of arms and explosives following an abortive attempt to hi-jack an American airliner.
The two men who went on trial on Friday (July 24) face four charges, including wilful manslaughter, which could carry death penalty.
They are Elias Dergarabedian, a 23-year-old tailor, and Mansour Murad, 21, a student. Both are from Amman and are said to have admitted they are members of the Popular Struggle Front.
The were arrested last November after a grenade was thrown into the crowded offices of E1 A1, the Israeli National Airline, killing a two-year-old boy and injuring 14 people. Both men pleaded "Not Guilty".
The trial is expected to least several days.