[This is the headline over a report published on the website of The Herald newspaper on this date in 1996. It reads as follows:]
Germany has deported a Palestinian terrorist who has been linked to the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, justice officials said today. Hafez Kassem Dalkamoni was flown to Damascus, Syria, last Thursday, the news magazine Focus reported today.
A justice ministry spokes-woman in the central German city of Saarbrucken, Marion Walter, said the decision to deport Dalkamoni was made by the Federal Prosecutor's Office in Karslruhe. Dalkamoni, believed to be a member of the Damascus-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, served half of a 15-year sentence for an attack against two US military trains in 1987 and 1988. Dalkamoni and another suspected member of the Popular Front were arrested in Germany two months before Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, killing all 259 people on board and 11 people on the ground. A search of the Frankfurt apartment where the men were arrested turned up a portable radio-cassette recorder containing plastic explosives similar to the type that blew up the plane.