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French Court Seizure Ends; Hostages Freed
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Dec 21, 1985
Start Page: 1
Section: 1; Foreign Desk
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From the police car, [Georges Courtois] himself said he had surrendered because he wanted to save the life of Khalki, a convicted holdup man. "He put his life and freedom at stake in the courtroom, and we believe today we should exchange ours for his," Courtois said. "This has been guaranteed to us by the Interior Minister (Pierre Joxe)," Courtois said.

Courtois and [Patrick Thiolet], who were on trial with two others, leaped out of the prisoners' dock and divided the weapons with Khalki. Courtois told Judge [Dominique Bailhache]: "We came here to be judged. Now it is your turn to be judged."

PHOTO: Georges Courtois, from left, with Patrick Thiolet and Abdel Karim Khalki in police van after their arrest at Chateau- Bougon airport. Georges Courtois, chained to court President Dominique Bailhache, leaves courthouse in Nantes, France, firing at police and journalists, below. No one was injured in the shooting. / Associated Press

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