New arrest warrants were issued for the men, whose whereabouts are unknown and who may not even be alive. The attack on the cruise ferry was among the most notorious blamed on Abu Nidal's radical Palestinian faction, which is believed to have killed or wounded nearly 1,000 people in 20 countries beginning in 1973.
Before suspicion turned to the Palestinian group, two of the French citizens killed were initially suspected of involvement. Their families said that while Thursday's decision was a symbolic victory, it did not erase the pain of those false accusations.
"There was a laissez-faire, a complacence of the state, and that, for me, it remains,» said Christiane Vigneron, mother of Laurent Vigneron, who was killed by two shots to the back and later cleared. Some families of victims have also criticized France, which can prosecute crimes that happen elsewhere if French citizens are involved, for the delay in bringing the suspects to justice. Francis Szpiner, a lawyer for the civil parties in the case, said that some families might bring a case against the French government for miscarriage of justice. Prosecutor Olivier Bray himself said the delay was «inexcusable.» [AP] - Ekathimerini.com