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France tries 3 in absentia over 1988 ship attack

PARIS (AP) -- A special Paris anti-terrorism court is trying three suspects in absentia over a gun and grenade attack on a Greek cruise ship nearly 24 years ago that killed nine.

French judicial officials are uncertain whether any of the defendants in the July 11, 1988, attack on the "City of Poros" are still alive. French prosecutors maintain the defendants belonged to the Fatah Revolutionary Council, a Palestinian extremist group.

Attorney Francis Szpiner, representing civil parties, deplored the "scandalous" delay in bringing the case to court during the trial's opening Monday.

Families of the three French victims in the attack are still seeking closure.

France can investigate cases originating elsewhere, and take them to court, if French citizens are involved.

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