Slain Marine's widow opposes hostage deal

August 15, 1991|By Newsday

The widow of a Marine officer hanged by Lebanese kidnappers in 1989 says she would object to any hostage deal that absolved those responsible for his death.

Marine Maj. Robin Higgins, widow of Marine Lt. Col. William Higgins, said yesterday that she feared negotiators would forget the brutal murder of her husband in their efforts to accommodate Shiite extremist kidnappers and forge an overall deal to free hostages in the Middle East.

"Those people or persons, if you can call them that, who are responsible for this must be brought to justice," she said. "These people are vicious, they are brutal -- we've been shown that many times."

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