PARIS -- Amid growing fears of terrorist strikes in support of Saddam Hussein, Italian authorities have released two terrorists convicted of aiding hijackers of the Achille Lauro ocean liner in 1985, according to statements by their Italian lawyers yesterday.
Mohamed Issa Abbas and Yussef Ahmed Sa'ad, reputed members of the Fatah Revolutionary Council, were released in late December, said Gianfranco Pagano, one of the law
yers who applied for the release of the two men under an Italian amnesty law.
Abbas and Sa'ad were expelled from Italy after their early release and are believed to be in Algeria.
Announcement of the release, published in the Corriere Della Sera newspaper, raised suspicions among diplomats and other observers of an Italian deal with the Fatah Revolutionary Council, led by Abu Nidal, one of the most notorious Arab terrorists in the world.