FILE - In this December 12, 1991, file photo Mohammed Rashed, center, convicted of the 1982 PanAm jetliner bombing, listens to his unidentified PLO interpreter, left, during his appeals court hearing in Athens, Greece. Rashed tucked a bomb beneath his jetliner seat cushion, set the timer and disembarked with his wife and child when the flight touched down in Tokyo. The device exploded as the jet continued on to Honolulu, killing a Japanese teenager in an attack that investigators linked to a terrorist organization known for making sophisticated bombs. It would be 20 years before Rashed, one-time apprentice to Abu Ibrahim, currently featured on the FBI list of most wanted terrorists, would admit guilt in an American courtroom. Now, credited for his cooperation against associates, Rashed is about to be freed from federal prison after more than two decades behind bars in Greece and the United States. (AP Photo/Aris Saris, File)
Saturday, March 16, 2013
A man convicted of a 1982 terrorist attack aboard a Pan Am jetliner is days away from being released from federal prison.
Mohammed Rashed has been in custody for more than two decades in connection with the bombing aboard Pan Am Flight 830. A Japanese teenager en route to Hawaii was killed.
Rashed pleaded guilty in Washington in 2002. He's being released from federal prison Wednesday as part of a plea agreement that required him to cooperate on other terrorist plots.
His release could leave the government without a star witness in the event authorities capture Abu Ibrahim, the Palestinian who orchestrated that attack and others around the world. The Justice Department says it has other evidence to pursue Ibrahim.