A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Lebanese hijacker found guilty of taking over a jetliner in Beirut in 1985 with two Americans on board.

Fawaz Younis, who was lured to his 1987 arrest by FBI agents with promises of sex and drugs and brought to the United States to stand trial, had sought to overturn his convictions for hostage-taking, aircraft piracy and conspiracy.Among other things, Younis argued that the United States had no jurisdiction over him, that his arrest was illegal, that he was mistreated afterward and that he was obeying the legitimate orders of a legitimate military organization.

Attorney General Dick Thornburgh hailed the ruling, saying it should "be a warning to those contemplating terrorist acts against American interests anywhere in the world."