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Hijacker returns to US after 30 years in Cuba

CURT ANDERSON, AP Legal Affairs Writer
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U.S. citizen William Potts explains his arrest in Cuba during an interview at his home in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Oct. 25, 2013.  Years after he hijacked a plane traveling from Newark to Miami in 1984, which landed in Cuba, Potts is optimistic that he’ll soon be heading home. While he faces virtually certain arrest upon return, he said he believes that the time he served in Cuba will allow him to avoid a lengthy second jail term. In Cuba, Potts was convicted of air piracy. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

U.S. citizen William Potts explains his arrest in Cuba during an interview at his home in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Years after he hijacked a plane traveling from Newark to Miami in 1984, which landed in Cuba, Potts is optimistic that he’ll soon be heading home. While he faces virtually certain arrest upon return, he said he believes that the time he served in Cuba will allow him to avoid a lengthy second jail term. In Cuba, Potts was convicted of air piracy. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

MIAMI (AP) — An American who hijacked an airliner to Cuba nearly 30 years ago has arrived in Miami to face justice in the U.S.

FBI agents took 56-year-old William Potts into custody Wednesday shortly after his charter flight from Havana arrived at Miami International Airport. Potts faces a 1985 indictment in the U.S. for hijacking the flight in 1984. Separately, he was convicted in Cuba and served more than 13 years in prison there.

Potts says he was a young militant when he hijacked the flight. He says he is now is seeking closure and hopes to work out a deal with U.S. authorities to avoid additional prison time.

It wasn’t immediately clear when Potts would make his initial court appearance.

 

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