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Former Black Panther To Return To US To Face Hijacking Charges

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(Photo credit should read LESLIE E. KOSSOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit should read LESLIE E. KOSSOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

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Cuba (WAOK/AJC) — William Potts, who has been living in Cuba for almost thirty years, has stated that he is returning to the United States via a charter plane from Havana, Cuba to Miami, Florida to face an indictment for his participation in an airplane hijacking.

Potts, 56, is a former Black Panther revolutionist who in 1984 hijacked a U.S. airplane and flew to Cuba in 1984 in hopes of being trained in the art of guerrilla warfare in an effort to overthrow the U.S. government. However, upon landing he was taken into custody by Cuban authorities and charged with air piracy which resulted in him being imprisoned for over 13 years.

Potts has hopes that the time that he served in Cuba will help to alleviate the punishment for charges against him.

Written by Sherman H. Smith Jr (WAOK/ Intern)

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