IN THE HANDS OF THE ENEMY is a 1988 made-for-cable adaptation of what is virtually a one-set stage play, a bit of conjectural whimsy imagining what might happen if an Arab terrorist were kidnapped by the Marines, a la
Panama's Noriega, and put on trial for abetting terrorism--only to mount
the defense that his actions were legitimate acts of war.
Salima Ajami (Robert Davi) is an infamous Arab terrorist who masterminds a deadly cafe bombing in Barcelona. A muscle-flexing US government seizes him in West Beirut, imprisons him in a tiny cell at the Marine base in Quantico, Virginia, and prepares to mount a show trial under the leadership of