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HILARION CAPUCCI VERDICT
12/11/1974
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A99167
ORIG. COLOR 100 SOF / MAG. EXT. JERUSALEM DISTRICT COURT W / HORSE MOUNTED GUARDS, GUARD LOOKING DOWN FROM ROOF, PEOPLE SHOWING IDENTIFICATION BEFORE ENTERING BLDG., OTHER ARMED SECURITY MEN POSITIONED ABOUT AREA. VS UNID. GUARDED GREEK CATHOLIC CLERGYMAN (MOST REV. HILARION CAPUCCI?) GETTING INTO AUTO AND DRIVING OFF. SU SEAMANS. VS GEN. ACTIVITY OUTSIDE COURT BLDG. HILARION CAPUCCI IS THE RETIRED TITULAR ARCHBISHOP OF CAESAREA FOR THE MELKITE GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH. HE WAS BORN IN ALEPPO, SYRIA. DURING HIS TIME IN OFFICE, HE WAS AN OPPONENT OF ISRAEL, ALIGNING HIMSELF WITH THE PALESTINIANS. ON 20 JULY, 1947, HE WAS ORDAINED A PRIEST OF THE BASILIAN ALEPIAN ORDER. ON 30 JULY, 1965, HE WAS APPOINTED ARCHBISHOP AND CONSECRATED ON AUGUST 18, 1974 HE WAS ARRESTED BY ISRAELI POLICE FOR SMUGGLING WEAPONS INTO THE WEST BANK IN A MERCEDES SEDAN.[2] HE WAS SUBSEQUENTLY CONVICTED BY AN ISRAELI COURT OF USING HIS DIPLOMATIC STATUS TO SMUGGLE ARMS TO THE PALESTINE LIBERATION ARMY AND SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS IN PRISON. CAPUCCI WAS AMONG THE PRISONERS WHOSE RELEASE WAS DEMANDED BY PALESTINIAN HIJACKERS OF THE KFAR YUVAL HOSTAGE CRISIS IN 1975, AND OF GERMAN AND PALESTINIAN HIJACKERS OF AIR FRANCE FLIGHT 139 (THE ENTEBBE HOSTAGE CRISIS), IN 1976. HE WAS RELEASED TWO YEARS LATER, IN 1978, DUE TO INTERVENTION BY THE VATICAN, AFTER HAVING SERVED FOUR YEARS OF THE 12-YEARS SENTENCE. CAPUCCI PLAYED A KEY ROLE DURING THE IRAN HOSTAGE CRISIS. HE MADE SEVERAL VISITS TO THE HOSTAGES, AND IN EARLY MAY 1980 HE OBTAINED THE RELEASE OF THE BODIES OF THE AMERICAN SOLDIERS WHO HAD DIED IN THE REFUELING ACCIDENT DURING THE RESCUE MISSION. CAPUCCI ALSO NEGOTIATED AN AGREEMENT FOR THE RELEASE OF THE HOSTAGES, BUT THE PLAN COLLAPSED BECAUSE THE FRENCH PRESS PUBLISHED THE STORY BEFORE THE AGREEMENT HAD BEEN APPROVED BY IRAN'S PARLIAMENT. CI: JUSTICE: TRIALS, HILARION CAPUCCI. PERSONALITIES: CAPUCCI, HILARION(? ).
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