Appellate Court Rules Yunis' Confession Must Comply with Constitution, But Overturns Lower Court's Finding that It Was Involuntary

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Tuesday, November 1, 1988
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
4
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 
On October 14, 1988, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously held that the confession of Fawaz Yunis, the Lebanese arrested by the FBI off a yacht near Cyprus for allegedly participating in the 1985 hijacking of a Royal Jordanian Airlines jet in Beirut, was voluntary.  In doing so, the court reversed the lower court's suppression of the confession.