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Convicted Murderer Captured After 40 Years On The Run

The U.S. Federal Bureau Of Investigation says a convicted killer who escaped from prison in the state of New Jersey has been captured in Portugal after more than 40 years as a fugitive.

George Wright, 68, was reported captured by Portuguese authorities in a town near Lisbon at the request of the U.S. government.

He now faces extradition to the United States. Wright was convicted for the1962 murder of a gas station owner in New Jersey, but he escaped from prison in 1970 and was said to have joined a left-wing militant group, the Black Liberation Army.

In 1972, he wore a priest costume when he and four others hijacked a U.S. airliner and ordered it flown to Algeria.

The other four hijackers were eventually captured and convicted in France, but Wright remained at large until his capture on September 26 in Portugal.

compiled from agency reports