I was watching this movie today and was wondering, if it was based on a true story or merely fictitious. It is about an East German in the times of the iron curtain, who hijacks a Polish airliner enroute to East Berlin and diverts it to Tempelhof Airport in the western half of the city, more precisely the American sector of the city. The German government is reluctant to try him in court because they fear a public outcry, if they were to sentence him for escaping from communist East Germany. On the other hand, they cannot just ignore a hijacking of a passenger aircraft. So, they end up leaving it to the United States as the occupational power to set up a trial court under US law at Tempelhof, presided by a US federal judge, and with German citizens as jurors. Eventually, the jury finds him guilty on one of five charges, and the judge sentences him to "time served" and releases him at the end of the trial. Does anyone here have any knowledge of these events? Did this actually happen?
[Edited 2006-11-29 07:38:22]