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Wednesday, September 30, 1998
|Ousted Dy PM denied bail
Claims torture in jail
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 29 Sacked Malaysian Deputy Premier Anwar Ibrahim was today produced, bruised and battered after nine days in custody, in a court, which denied him bail despite his protestations of innocence.
Embassy blasts suspects indicted
NEW YORK, Sept 29 Two men, suspected of executing bombings of the US Embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam last month, have been indicted here on murder and conspiracy charges.
Enough proof for impeachment probe
WASHINGTON, Sept 29 The Republican chairman of the US House Judiciary Committee has said he believes a preliminary impeachment inquiry against President Bill Clinton will be needed.
WASHINGTON : Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat speaks during a meeting with President Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on Monday. A break in the stalemated peace process was announced by the President who said the adversaries would return to Washington in October to resume talks. AP/PTI
Arafats appeal for statehood
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 29 In a historic speech to the General Assembly, Mr Yasser Arafat, asked world leaders yesterday to support Palestinian statehood in May next, saying this was the will of the Palestinian people.
district of Bamiyan falls to Taliban
ex-ministers held for coup killings
set to change laws on immigration
terms for talks with USA
Ousted Dy PM denied bail
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 29 (PTI) Sacked Malaysian Deputy Premier Anwar Ibrahim was today produced, bruised and battered after nine days in custody, in a court, which denied him bail despite his protestations of innocence.
The court, indicted Anwar on five counts of corruption and four of sodomy, while denying him bail even as he pleaded not guilty to the allegations levelled against him by authorities in a sessions court.
In response to each charge, Anwar replied Not guilty. I claim trial, the national Bernama news agency reported.
Anwar, detained on September 20 under the Internal Security Act providing for detention without trial, complained to court that he had been beaten till he fainted on his first night in custody.
The former Deputy Prime Minister, who appeared in court for the first time with a swollen eye and bruises, told the judge: I appeal to you to protect me as even in police lock-up, I can be beaten up.
You can see it for yourself. After 10 days it is still like this, he said drawing the courts attention to his injuries. The former protege of Prime Minister Mohathir Mohammad was sacked on September 2 for demanding the latters resignation.
Anwar said the police beat him severely, causing serious injuries until I virtually passed out until the next morning.
I was blindfolded and handcuffed, I was boxed very hard on my lower jaw and the left eye. I was also boxed on the right of my head and they hit me on the left side of my neck very hard, Mr Anwar Saif said.
I was then slapped very hard left and right until blood came out of my nose and my lips cracked. Because of this I could not use or walk properly.
Judge Hasna Datuk Mohammad Hashim said she cannot do anything as the case had been transferred to the high court but permitted an eye doctor and a physician to examine him.
If convicted on charges of corruption, Mr Anwar faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine $ 3,263 while sodomy charges could attract jail for 20 years or caning under the penal code officials said.
Mr Anwar, who appeared to have lost weight, sat on a bench flanked by police officials. He was allowed to talk to his wife and children before being led away.
Earlier, the Attorney-Generals office said there was prima facie evidence to charge Mr Anwar for the offences. The sacked minister would face a fifth charge of sodomy tomorrow.
Embassy blasts suspects indicted
NEW YORK, Sept 29 (AFP) Two men, suspected of planning and executing bombings of the US Embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam last month, have been indicted here on murder and conspiracy charges.
The two, identified as Mohammed Sadiq Odeh and Mohammed Rashed Daoud alOwhali, were named yesterday in a four-count indictment in the August 7 bombings in which 258 persons were killed.
The indictment accuses the two men of belonging to Al Quada, the fundamentalist terrorist group linked to Saudi millionaire Osama Bin Laden. They are accused of conspiring to commit acts of international terrorism from 1994 to 1998.
They were arrested late last month in Nairobi by the Kenyan police, and brought to the USA. They were not present in court yesterday.
The indictment says AlOwhali, a Yemeni national, travelled in late July from Lahore, Pakistan, to Nairobi and reconnoitred the US Embassy there on August 4, the police said.
Some 247 persons, including 12 Americans, died in the Nairobi bombing and 11 persons died in the bombing of the US Embassy in Tanzania.
LONDON (DPA): The British police has detained a 37-year-old Islamist as part of the worldwide hunt for the group that blew up the US Embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam last month.
Officials said Khalid al-Fawwaz was suspected of terrorist links and was detained on Monday following an extradition request from the USA. Media reports said he was a leader of an Islamic fundamentalist group called Al-Qade that was active in Britain.
Arafats appeal for statehood
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 29 (AP) In a historic speech to the General Assembly, Mr Yasser Arafat, asked world leaders yesterday to support Palestinian statehood in May next, saying this was the will of the Palestinian people.
I would like to call upon all of you ... to stand by our people, Mr Arafat told the leaders gathered at the assemblys annual debate. This independent Palestinian state must be established as an embodiment of the right of our people to self-determination.
The Oslo peace accords expire on May 4 (1999), and our people demand of us to shoulder our responsibilities and they await the establishment of their independent state.
The Palestinian leader delivered the speech after returning from Washington, where he held a last-minute summit with the US President, Mr Bill Clinton, and the Israeli Prime Minister, Mr Benjamin Netanyahu, on an Israeli troop pullback from the West Bank.
Palestinian aides had said Mr Arafat wanted to seek support of United Nations member states, many of whom traditionally back the Palestinian cause over Israeli interests.
Help us to achieve the national goal of our people in the establishment of the state, he said.
Mr Arafats speech before the General Assembly had particular significance: Never before had Mr Arafat or any other Palestinian addressed the audience from the podium during the regular debate. The Palestinian observer mission was granted that right earlier this summer.
Mr Arafat noted the occasion in his opening statement, thanking the assembly for giving the Palestinians the enhanced status, which we consider to be an essential step towards full membership.
He closed his speech by saying, I look forward to speaking with you once more when Palestine has taken its natural place in the community of nations as an independent state ...
Enough proof for impeachment probe
WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (AFP) The Republican chairman of the US House Judiciary Committee, Mr Henry Hyde, has said he believed a preliminary impeachment inquiry against President Bill Clinton will be needed.
I should think there is enough to warrant an inquiry, Hyde said yesterday. The judiciary committee will decide whether to recommend to the full US House of Representatives such a preliminary inquiry during a meeting scheduled for next Monday.
Committee members are also expected to begin hearings soon to debate what constitutes high crimes and misdemeanours that could justify impeaching a President, Hyde said.
No President has ever been removed from office by Congress. In 1974, Richard Nixon resigned to escape this fate after being involved in the Watergate scandal.
Law professors and other experts would provide their views on the issue during the hearings which were to be organised by the subcommittee responsible for constitutional affairs, the Senator said.
He also announced that
both Democratic and Republican members of the judiciary
committee would visit independent counsel Kenneth
Starrs office this week to examine the remaining
files concerning the Lewinsky matter.
Russia admits to being pressurised by USA
MOSCOW, Sept 29 (UNI) Indo-Russian talks on strengthening defence cooperation will be held in Moscow on October 8 and 9, according to the Voice of Russia which reports Kremlin sources admitting for the first time that the US pressurised Russia to reduce the level of its defence cooperation with India.
An Indian delegation, led by Defence Secretary Ajit Kumar and including senior officers from all three wings of the Indian armed forces, arrives here next week for the talks, the radio announced.The radio said the drafts of an agreement regarding defence supplies to India, which were prepared during another Indian defence delegations visit to Moscow in summer this year, will be given final touches during the Indo-Russian talks .
The final draft of the agreement for Indo-Russian defence collaboration is expected to be signed by Russian President Boris Yeltsin during his visit to New Delhi in the first week of December, the radio said . The agreement will cover the period till 2010.The radio said Russia had reaffirmed its commitment to maintain defence supplies to India despite pressure from the USA to scale down the level of Indo-Russian defence collaboration .
The radio said Kremlin would ahead with an agreement regarding the supply of 10 new SU-10 fighter planes, new generation submarines and high-tech missiles to India, US pressure notwithstanding.
The radio disclosed Russias willingness to assist India in the production of anti-missile weaponry.Referring to the various anti-India measures adopted by the USA in the post-Pokhran era, such as suspension of credits and the refusal to provide high technology to India, the radio said the US pressure on Russia to scale down its defence cooperation with India was actually aimed at pushing out Russia from the Asian arms markets so that the American weapon manufacturers could fill the vacuum .
All US attempts in
this regard are futile and Moscow will continue
vigorously to cooperate with India in the defence field
as in the other fields for the mutual benefit of both
countries, the radio quoted Kremlin sources as
saying .This is the first time that Russia has confessed
to being pressurised by the USA to reduce the level of
its defence cooperation with India.
Last district of Bamiyan falls to Taliban
ISLAMABAD, Sept 29 (Reuters) Afghanistans Taliban militia captured the last district of central Bamiyan province today and its jets bombed enemy positions to the north of Kabul, a Pakistan-based Afghan news agency said.
Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) said the Taliban captured the last remaining district of Iran-backed Shiite Muslim Hezb-i-Wahdat factions Bamiyan province after residents hoisted white flags.
This brings the entire province under the Taliban control, although the presence of Hezb-i-Wahdat supporters in some villages could not be ruled out, the AIP said.
It quoted a Taliban spokesman saying the militia jets also bombed positions of Ahmed Shah Masood, military chief of the ousted Afghan Government, north of Kabul and his headquarters in the neighbouring Panj Sher valley.
The Taliban also reported
exchange of artillery fire between militia fighters and
Masoods forces on the frontline near the Capital
today, a day after Masood and his commanders met in
Jabal-us-Siraj to discuss an attack on Kabul.
3 ex-ministers held for coup killings
DHAKA, Sept 29 (PTI) In a pre-dawn swoop today, the Bangladesh police today arrested three former ministers in connection with the killing of four imprisoned aides of Sheikh Mujibur Rehman, founding father of the nation, in a 1975 coup, in which he was also assassinated.
The three politicians Shah Moazzem Hossain (former Prime Minister), K.M. Obaidur Rahman (now a prominent parliamentarian of main opposition BNP) and Nurul Islam Manju (a former Awami League leader) were arrested from their respective residences this morning, Additional Inspector-General of Police (Special Branch) Rahim Khan said.
All three were ministers in the Khondakar Mustaque government, which was formed after the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rehman and many members of his family on August 15, 1975.
They were arrested from their residences by the intelligence sleuths in connection with the killing of four leaders in Dhaka Central Jail, he said.
The three were in police custody and were being interrogated.
Germany set to change laws on immigration
BONN, Sept 29 (PTI) German Chancellor-Designate Gerhard Schroeder said his government would try to change the countrys immigration laws to allow dual citizenship and grant German nationality to children born to foreigner parents in Germany.
We will make it possible to have dual citizenship, he said. We will find a solution to this.
Schroeders comments at a news conference came amid reports that his Social Democratic Party and the Greens were hammering out a strategy on immigration laws to make a coalition government.
At present, Germany is the only major Western nation where nationality is believed to be passed through bloodline.
Mr Schroeders comments reveal that Germans now concede that nationality may also be acquired by being born in Germany.
Stating that modernising nationality laws was necessary, the Social Democrats had declared in their poll manifesto that children born in Germany to foreign parents should automatically receive German nationality.
Germany is an outward looking country. We wish to integrate those foreigners living in our country who identify themselves with the basic values enshrined in our constitution, the manifesto had said.
The ousted Christian Democrats of Mr Helmut Kohl had debated a proposal last year which sought to give dual nationality to immigrant children born in Germany.
Irans terms for talks with USA
NEW YORK, Sept 29 (AFP) Iran has rejected a US road map for re-establishing diplomatic ties and demanded Washington change its policies towards Teheran before relations can improve.
Three months after US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright set down Washingtons conditions for renewed ties, Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi countered with his own countrys demands.
The approach of the Islamic republic of Iran towards the USA will be commensurate with changes in US behaviour towards Iran, Kharazi said in a speech at New Yorks Asia Society yesterday.
Kharazi complained about US economic sanctions against his country, US opposition to oil and gas pipelines through Iran, and the freezing of Iranian assets.
He also listed the creation of radio-free Iran, and US support for Iranian terrorists working against Teheran.Theres no ground for a political negotiation while these policies continue, Kharazi said.
The speech was a direct response to an address by Albright at the same venue on June 17 in which she proposed a road map for future relations between Washington and Teheran.
In that speech, she set
three demands for a thaw in US-Iran relations, saying
Iran must stop pursuing weapons of mass destruction,
support of terrorism, and attempts to undermine the
Israeli-Arab peace process.
|Albanian PM quits
TIRANA: The Albanian Prime Minister Mr Fatos Nano, has resigned amid continuing unrest in the country, Mr Musa Ulqini, a spokesman of his socialist party, said. The announcement came on Monday, shortly after the Albanian Interior Minister, Mr Perikli Teta had resigned his post. I present my irrevocable resignation because I cannot work with a corrupt and incompetent political leadership, Mr Teta had said. AFP
Coup bid denied
PM hurt in crash
4 killed in clash
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