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January 19, 1987
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WARN 19,1987 Iran Panel Presses to See Reagan White House Is Said To Sidestep Requests For an Interview By Bob Woodward Wn.hingtort Pont Staff Writer White House to probe the National Security Council in the wake of the Iran-contra deals is having difficulty setting up an interview with Pres- ident Reagan. Two requests last week for a formal session with Rea- gan were carefully sidestepped by White House schedulers, according to administration sources. Beginning Jan. 9, the day after the president returned to the White House from a hospital stay for pros- tate surgery, the board has at- tempted to schedule a Reagan in- terview, and has been "rebuffed," one source said, because the White House has shifted strategy. As the Iran-contra affair esca- lated in November, the board was set up to demonstrate the adnmin- istration's willingness to be forth- right, the sources said. Now the plan is to make sure all the facts are assembled in the complicated affair before the president makes any fur- ther comment. The administration, therefore, has become uncomfortably pinched between two schedules-that of the board, which has less than two weeks to formally report, and that of White House counselor David Abshire, who must assemble all the facts, which could take months. Reagan has said he would answer questions from the board,. which is headed by former senator John G. Tower (R-Tex.), and a White House spokesman yesterday confirmed that a request is pending for a pres- idential interview and said that the board had been assured it is forth-- coming. "The president will meet See IRAN, A8, Col. 1 Prices May Vary in Areas outside Metropolitan Washington (See Box on A2) 250 U.S. Waives Death For Hijack Suspect German Businessman Kidnaped in Beirut By Howard Kurtz Wnahington Post Stuff Writer The U.S. Justice Department, seeking extradition of a suspected Lebanese hijacker arrested in West Germany, agreed yesterday not to ask for the death penalty in the case. In apparent retaliation for the Lebanese suspect's arrest, a phar- maceutical company executive was kidnaped in Beirut, the first West German to be abducted there. Armed gunmen driving in two cars intercepted the chauffeur-driv- en car of Hoechst company exec- utive Rudolf Cordes just minutes af- ter he arrived at the airport from. Frankfurt at 7:20 p.m. Saturday, security sources in Beirut said. . One car blocked the road, while gunmen leaped out of the other, pulled Cordes out at gunpoint and drove off with him, Washington Post special correspondent Nora Boustany reported from Beirut. A spokesman for the West Ger- man Foreign Ministry in Bonn de- clined to speculate about the kid- napers' motive, and a West German Embassy official in Beirut said there was "no indication yet of any link- age" between the kidnaping and the arrest of suspected hijacker Mo- hanimed Ali Hamadei.. However, another ministry offi- cial in Bonn said -privately that it seemed likely from the timing of the abduction that it was linked to Hamadei's arrest. Also, although Americans and other Europeans have been the constant targets of various clandestine Moslem groups, Cordes is the first West German to be kidnaped, despite the relatively large number of West Germans re- maining in the Moslem-dominated sector of Beirut. Hamadei, 22, was arrested at the Frankfurt airport last week after leaving a flight from. - the Middle - East. He was carrying several bet= ties bf -'highly explosive liquid. Through fingerprint. checks, J Ha- ed States on chard ... seized along deserted road ing in the June 1985 TWA hijack- ing. During the 17~day incident, 39 Americans were held hostage and a Navy diver, Robert D. Stethem 9f Waldorf, Md., was killed. "Because this is the only means by which the United States can ob- tain custody of the suspect, we have agreed to waive requesting impo- sition of the death penalty in this-,..- case," department spokesman Pat- rick Korten said. West German officials had said they would not consider the request to send Hamadei to the United States to stand trial unless . the death penalty was dropped as a pos- sible punishment. West Germany's constitution forbids the death sen- tence. The decision,':shade, b . U.S. At- torney General Edwin Meese III and Associate, Attorney General Stephen S. Trott, was to be relayed to. est Ger,mg-gi ities. yester- day, Korten said, He said that under U.S. legal procedures, a -federal Judge would not impose the. death penalty If it is not sought by govern- Ifindt pri secutora, . A See EXTRADITE, A 4, Col. 5."Y Guth African Rebels Seek Wider Base Clawed ANC, in Policy Shift, Emphasizes Appeal to Whites By Allister Sparks Special to'rho Washington Pont under the state of emergency de- could last a year or more before the clared last June is at last restoring a next crisis sends it to new heights. A News/Editorials B Metro/Obituaries R00206Otyl t ir?Classified Inside: Washington Business RO8',1etGpi4h 9Rz02bb b0O n Lusaka, s ips. housands o community Mimi, w ere the ANC is head-