Friday, September 30, 2011

Black Panther fugitive George Wright lived openly in Africa under his own name... and even mingled with the U.S. ambassador - 29th Sept 2011

Convicted killer George Wright, who hijacked a plane after escaping from a New Jersey prison, lived openly in the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau during the 1980s under his real name and even knew U.S. embassy officials there, a former U.S. ambassador said Thursday.

Retired Guinea-Bissau Ambassador John Blacken told The Associated Press he was stunned to hear the news of George Wright's arrest Monday in Portugal because he and his colleagues did not know Wright was a fugitive.

He said embassy officials would have taken action if they had known Wright had escaped from jail in New Jersey while serving time for murder and was wanted in a 1972 hijacking by the Black Liberation Army, a radical U.S. group, that diverted a U.S. plane to Algeria.

'All this was a big surprise, my goodness, murder and everything else,' Blacken said in an phone interview from Bissau, the capital of Guinea-Bissau.

'No one imagined him being a murderer, of course we didn't know him that well. He seemed like an ordinary person and not radical at all.'

Blacken remembered meeting Wright socially in the former Portuguese colony in where Blacken was ambassador from 1986 to 1989. Read More