One of the hijackers of the Italian ‘*’ cruise ship is due to be expelled from Italy after serving a 21-year sentence in jail, and three years under police surveillance. Abdellatiif Ibrahim Fatayer was one of four Palestinian militants who hijacked the cruise ship in 1985, taking 450 people hostage in exchange for the release of 82 Palestinians held in Israel. The militants belonged to the PLF (Palestinian Liberation Front) – a faction of the PLO. Fatayer was sentenced to 25 years in jail by an appeals court in the Northern Italian city of Genoa, and freed after serving 21 of those years – though continued to be under security surveillance. On Wednesday, a judge declared him free, but unfit to obtain residency, and will be expelled from the country.

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