Convicted plane bomber to appear in Buffalo court in bid for release

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Jordanian-born Palestinian who’s been in immigration custody since he finished a prison sentence for putting a bomb on a plane in 1982 is expected to appear in a Buffalo courtroom in his bid for release.

Mohammed Rashed has been held at a facility outside Buffalo while the government has explored options to deport him. A federal court hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

Rashed pleaded guilty in 2002 to his role in the bombing of Hawaii-bound Pan Am Flight 830 after it took off from Tokyo. A Japanese teenager was killed. As part of his plea, the United States said it would work to deport Rashed upon his release from prison.

Rashed finished his sentence in 2013, but diplomatic complications have stalled deportation efforts. Records show Rashed has asked to be sent to the West Bank. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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