Rewards for Justice is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information on Mohammed Ali Hamadei, also known as Ali Hamadei and Castro. Hamadei, an alleged member of Hizballah, is wanted for his role in the 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847.
On June 14, 1985, terrorists hijacked TWA Flight 847 during a flight from Athens to Rome. Over 17 days, the plane was forced to crisscross the Mediterranean with 153 passengers and crew members, from Beirut to Algiers and back again, landing in Beirut three times. During the first stop in Beirut, the hijackers severely beat, and then shot and killed, U.S. Navy diver Robert Stethem.
On November 14, 1985, Hamadei was indicted for his role and participation in the hijacking. He was arrested in the Frankfurt Airport on January 13, 1987. The United States sought extradition, but the Federal Republic of Germany decided to prosecute Hamadei in Germany and, in May 1989, convicted him of murder, hostage-taking, assault, and hijacking. Hamadei was sentenced to life in prison. On December 15, 2005, however, he was released from custody. Hamadei returned to Beirut, where he is believed to be located.
On October 12, 2001, the U.S. Department of State designated Hamadei as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist pursuant to Executive Order 13224, as amended. As a result of this designation, among other consequences, all property and interests in property of Hamadei that are subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with Hamadei. In addition, it is a crime to knowingly provide, or attempt or conspire to provide, material support or resources to Hizballah, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. Hamadei is on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists List.