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29 years later, Cuba hijacker wants to go home

HAVANA (AP) — A black militant who hijacked a plane to Cuba in 1984 and spent more than 13 years in prison on the island says U.S. officials are processing his passport application and he’s optimistic he can return home to be reunited with his family and avoid a lengthy second jail term.

William Potts said Friday the U.S. Interests Section in Havana told him that he could expect to receive a special passport that will allow him a single trip — a return to the U.S. to be arrested for hijacking a plane carrying about 100 people from Newark to Miami.

Potts was a self-styled revolutionary seeking military training in Cuba. Now he’s a father of two and says he misses his family and wants to close that chapter in his life.



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