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TWA Hijacker Released From German Prison

Mohammed Ali Hamadi has been paroled from prison after serving 19 years of a life sentence for the 1985 hijacking of a TWA jetliner and for killing a U.S. Navy diver, a law enforcement official said Tuesday.

Hamadi has been released from prison and has left Germany, said Doris Moeller-Scheu, a spokeswoman for the Frankfurt prosecutor's office. She said she didn't know his destination.

She said Hamadi's case came up for a regular legally mandated review by a parole court and he was released after an expert assessment and a hearing.

The flight was hijacked to Beirut, where U.S. Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem, 23, of Waldorf, Md., was shot and his body dumped on the tarmac.

German officials said the case was a matter for state authorities. Justice Ministry spokeswoman Eva Schmierer said Germany did not have any request from the United States for Hamadi's extradition.

A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, Martin Jaeger, said there was no connection between his release and that of Susanne Osthoff, a German woman released at the weekend after spending more than three weeks as a hostage in Iraq.