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Arrested: Cuban Who Hijacked Delta To Havana, 1980

Sun Aug 18, 2002 2:24 am

How stupid is this guy anyway? I guess he got tired of
Cuban cigars and run, then decided to come back for some
Budweiser and BBQ ribs? Glad the FBI caught him...



Cuban man held in Miami for 1980 hijacking to Havana
Fri Aug 16, 9:17 PM ET
By CATHERINE WILSON, Associated Press Writer

MIAMI - One of two brothers accused of hijacking an airliner in New Orleans in 1980 and forcing the pilots to land in Havana was denied bail a day after his arrest.



The FBI ( news - web sites) arrested Miguel Angel Aguiar Rodriguez, 55, at an immigration office in Miami after receiving a tip that the Cuba native had made an appointment to apply for permanent residency.

The FBI believes his brother, Roberto Teodoro Rodriguez, died in Cuba.

Aguiar, who spent four years in a Cuban prison for the hijacking, listened to Friday's court proceedings through a Spanish interpreter. A public defender was named to represent him after he said he had bank accounts "but without any money in them."

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Dube set a Wednesday hearing to decide whether Aguiar should remain in custody and whether he should be sent to New Orleans for trial.

Aguiar and his brother boarded an Atlanta-bound Delta Air Lines flight in New Orleans on Sept. 13, 1980, a federal indictment charged.

Armed with cigarette lighters and a plastic bottle filled with clear liquid, the hijackers forced the pilots to reroute the plane to Havana. Cuban authorities arrested the men on arrival.

The 81 passengers were permitted to get off the plane and buy souvenirs before departing for their original destination. Passengers were given small bottles of rum, compliments of the Cuban government.

The brothers were charged in the 1980 indictment with air piracy and kidnapping. The hijacking was the ninth to Cuba in a six-week period.

In December 2000, Aguiar used an alias and crossed the border from Mexico into Brownsville, Texas, and moved to Miami, the FBI said.

A tipster who overheard Aguiar's name in a Little Havana restaurant notified authorities that he was in Miami.

 
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RE: Arrested: Cuban Who Hijacked Delta To Havana, 1980

Sun Aug 18, 2002 3:52 am

Passengers were given small bottles of rum, compliments of the Cuban government.

All's well that ends well, hehehehehehehe. I myself would have preferred cigars.

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RE: Arrested: Cuban Who Hijacked Delta To Havana, 1980

Sun Aug 18, 2002 7:15 am

Another flagrant example of the US using its over reaching powers to detain people. I'm sure the guy was sorry for the hijacking. he spent 4 years in prison. he served his time, which I think was too much. He was probably framed, or at least forced to take some drastic actions, so even though he may have had to resort to hijacking, he was still probably a victim no less. Ever see the movie "The Negotiator"?

Its the same thing here. Besides, it was 20 years ago. 20 years. I think hes been reformed. its time to let him go and become a citizen of the country.
 
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RE: Arrested: Cuban Who Hijacked Delta To Havana, 1980

Sun Aug 18, 2002 8:09 am

Leopold you are absolutely right. Too bad Clinton is not still President. He could pardon this poor misunderstood highjacker. Whoops, maybe not. I just remembered that this guy has no money in his bank accounts.
 
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RE: Arrested: Cuban Who Hijacked Delta To Havana, 1980

Sun Aug 18, 2002 9:11 am

Send him back to Cuba. Talk about punishment.
 
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RE: Arrested: Cuban Who Hijacked Delta To Havana, 1980

Sun Aug 18, 2002 9:14 am

Kudos to the American Government. Anyone who hijacks or blows up an aircraft deserves to be arrested and brought before a judge and jury.

Now I ask myself, what will the American government do about Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch (and a few others)?

Who you ask?

http://www.nnc.cubaweb.cu/discur/ingles/6oct01.htm

Well it is a good thing that another Bush is in power. We all know how they like to give presidential pardons to airline terrorists.  Insane
 
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RE: Arrested: Cuban Who Hijacked Delta To Havana, 1980

Sun Aug 18, 2002 9:15 am

How is this an example of the US using "it's over reaching powers to detain people"?
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RE: Arrested: Cuban Who Hijacked Delta To Havana, 1980

Sun Aug 18, 2002 12:08 pm

so even though he may have had to resort to hijacking, he was still probably a victim no less

First, kudos to Aviatsiya.ru for pointing that all out. Leopold, there is NO excuse for hijacking an airliner.

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RE: Arrested: Cuban Who Hijacked Delta To Havana,

Sun Aug 18, 2002 12:42 pm

B4e - correct, there is no excuse, however there are always circumstances that should be taken into account when looking at the matter. Life, for better or worse, is never a matter of black and white.

Question - what is US law pertaining to someone who has served a sentence in a foreign country for a crime, being charged over the same crime in the US. Will the time her served in Cuba be taken into account should he be found guilty and sentenced, or would this not be recognised. Does Cuba's position in US foreign policy affect this?

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RE: Arrested: Cuban Who Hijacked Delta To Havana, 1980

Sun Aug 18, 2002 12:56 pm

Life, for better or worse, is never a matter of black and white.

Correct, nevertheless, my statement stand, NO EXUSE for hijacking an airliner. While few things are in black and white, there are some definate no-nos in life.

As for his sentance in Cuba, here's the problem. He might end up getting off scott free because of "No double jeopardy" He has already been tried and convicted, and you can't be tried for the same crime twice.

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RE: Arrested: Cuban Who Hijacked Delta To Havana, 1980

Sun Aug 18, 2002 10:21 pm

He has not been tried for the crime in the US so there is no double jeopardy. He was imprisoned in Cuba for the crime committed there. He has not been tried in the US for the crime committed in the US. One act resulted in crimes in both countries, because seperate laws were broken in each country.
 
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RE: Arrested: Cuban Who Hijacked Delta To Havana, 1980

Sun Aug 18, 2002 10:59 pm

Leopold, you just received my vote for the dumbest post ever!
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RE: Arrested: Cuban Who Hijacked Delta To Havana, 1980

Mon Aug 19, 2002 12:10 pm

Leopold is fake actually. He is a creation of MattD...who happens to be an opposite of Leopold. It was his "social experiement".

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RE: Arrested: Cuban Who Hijacked Delta To Havana, 1980

Mon Aug 19, 2002 1:40 pm

Well Matt D is one f*cked up individual. That's the my analysis of the "social experiment"

 
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RE: Arrested: Cuban Who Hijacked Delta To Havana, 1980

Mon Aug 19, 2002 1:41 pm

If he's stupid enough to come back here, then he deserves what he gets.
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