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« on: November 06, 2013, 02:32:28 PM »

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William Potts, ex-militant who hijacked airliner, returns to U.S. after 30 years in Cuba
November 6, 2013

CBS/AP/ November 6, 2013, 2:15 PM
William Potts, ex-militant who hijacked airliner, returns to U.S. after 30 years in Cuba
In this Oct. 25, 2013 file photo, U.S. citizen William Potts explains his arrest in Cuba during an interview at his home in Havana, Cuba.
In this Oct. 25, 2013 file photo, U.S. citizen William Potts explains his arrest in Cuba during an interview at his home in Havana, Cuba. / AP PHOTO/RAMON ESPINOSA, FILE
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Updated at 2:15 p.m. Eastern

MIAMI An American who hijacked an airliner to Cuba nearly 30 years ago as a self-described revolutionary flew back home Wednesday to face U.S. justice.

FBI agents took William Potts, 56, into custody shortly after his charter flight from Havana landed at Miami International Airport, said FBI spokesman Mike Leverock. Potts faces a 1985 federal indictment charging him with air piracy for hijacking a Piedmont Airlines flight in 1984.

In interviews prior to leaving Cuba, Potts said he was seeking "closure" and hoped to convince U.S. prosecutors to give him credit for the 13-plus years he spent in Cuban prison for hijacking the flight. The U.S. charge carries a sentence of between 20 years and life in prison, according to federal prosecutors.
 
Potts will make his initial court appearance Thursday in Miami, Reuters reported. He was taken from the airport to the FBI's Miami field office.
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