Skip to comments.1976 Hijacker Returns to Freedom in Croatia, Leaving a Wake of Outrage
Posted on 07/25/2008 9:45:05 AM PDT by Bokababe
After more than three decades in United States prisons a term punctuated by a brief escape and recapture a 62-year-old Croatian independence fighter was returned to his native country on Thursday, having served his time for a 1976 hijacking and a bombing that killed a police officer.
The fighter, Zvonko Busic, led a group that planted a bomb at Grand Central Terminal that later exploded, killing a city police officer, Brian J. Murray. Mr. Busic left the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Ind., boarded a plane in Chicago and touched down in Zagreb about 2:20 p.m. on Thursday, officials said.
Croatian immigration officials boarded the plane, and they escorted him out, said Pat A. Reilly, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement who said that three agents delivered Mr. Busic to his home country. He is a free man. There was quite a crowd there."...
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Zagreb - Croatia gave a hero's welcome to "independence fighter" Zvonko Busic, who returned home after serving 32 years in a US prison for a 1976 plane hijacking and a bombing that killed a New York policeman. Some 500 people with banners and flags sang songs as they greeted Busic at the airport in Zagreb, the Croatian capital.
"This is the happiest day of my life. If each of you could feel one per cent of the joy I feel, Croats would be the happiest nation in the world," he said after arriving in Croatia on Thursday night.
Busic, 62, was greeted by rock singer and Croatian ultra- nationalist icon Marko Perkovic, aka Thompson, and the crowd broke into songs associated with the Ustasha, Croatia's Nazi puppet government during World War II....
He should stay and vote for Obama.
Israel may not have been able to kill him while he was in their prisons, but I don’t think much of his chances at longevity, now that he’s on the outside.
LOL! Never thought of that way but you are right.
But the hijacking that this guy was convicted of in the 1970's was politically motivated. Now, since his political side won and Croatia did ultimately get independence, they presumed that he would have no longer have any motivation to blow up or hijack another plane.
What surprises me is that they let him -- as a convicted cop killer -- go free. And that he was celebrated in Croatia as some kind of "hero" with supporters cheering him at the airport when he landed there.
He was in a US federal Prison and was paroled. And he killed a NYC Cop with a bomb. Click and read the NYT article, he was greeted as a HERO when his plane landed in Croatia.
This terrorist got away with murder.
And it shows that terrorism DOES pay. Hijack an airliner, kill a cop, buy PR, get a country!
That was, by the way, the first terrorist hijacking on American soil in US history.
What surprises me is that this guy went 30 years in a US prison and didn't meet with an 'accident'.
How is Busic different from Gavrilo Princip?
Oh, I’m thinking he might end up a grease spot somewhere, compliments of Mossad. They’d deny it, of course, but you KNOW they weren’t thrilled with his release.
This situation has nothing to do with Israel.
Using my best Emily Latella voice: Never Mind!
That is a really unbelievable question from you, Dio. I mean whatever is said about Croatia, you have some BS read herring in your pocket -- no matter how pathetic-- and you try to use it to distract, deny or equivocate.
It's a stupid question, but I'll answer anyway.
Gavrilo Princip assassinated an Austrian ruling monarch on Princip's own home turf in Bosnia, because he and others living there didn't want to be ruled by foreign Austro-Hungary.
Busic killed a NY cop and maimed another who had absolutely NOTHING to do with Croatia or Croatian politics, let alone any relationship to Busic's politics. Busic hijacked a plane full of Americans, who had NOTHING to do with Croatia or Croatian politics. Busic and his little girlfriend killed and terrorized innocent American citizens who were completely innocent of any wrongdoing. Busic's actions were the equivalent of what was done to us on 9/11, in terms of motivation -- killing and terrorizing civilians who did the killer(s)no wrong and who weren't even involved in the issue.
The difference is night and day.
I must say, I’ve seen some nazis out there but these guys are the best.
Sorry Dio, you bit the turd on this one.
How do you now, doesn’t all the world’s problems have to do with Israel? :-|
Busic told the cops that they placed a bomb in a locker. He had no bombs with him. Therefore, there was no intent to kill.
Gavrilo Princip on the other hand purposely killed two people.