- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 10, 2001

Al-Jazeera penalized by court in Kuwait
KUWAIT CITY A court ordered Qatar-based Al-Jazeera satellite-TV channel yesterday to pay a Kuwaiti lawyer the equivalent of $16,000 for accusing Kuwaitis of killing Palestinians and Iraqis with acid at the end of the 1991 Persian Gulf war.
Salah Hashem, who represented 22 Kuwaitis in the joint lawsuit, said that if Al-Jazeera fails to pay up by 9 a.m. today, the court will seize the property of Al-Jazeera's office in Kuwait.
Mr. Hashem filed the lawsuit after interviewer Sami Haddad said on the air last year that Kuwaitis killed many Palestinians, Iraqis and even fellow countrymen they suspected of collaborating with the Iraqis by throwing acid on them in February 1991.
"Yes, there were some atrocities that we don't deny. But, no one, including Iraqis, had ever claimed that acid was used. This is [a] totally baseless accusation," Mr. Hashem said.

237 illegal migrants detained in Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey Security forces have detained 237 immigrants, mainly Iraqis and Afghans, who entered Turkey illegally through its eastern border, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.
In one operation, police found 37 Iraqis and 32 Afghans hiding in the back of a truck at a checkpoint set up on a highway linking the cities of Erzurum and Erzincan, the report said.

Saudi kingdom said under political stress
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia This conservative kingdom is facing the biggest threat to its stability since the 1991 Persian Gulf war, but is likely to weather the crisis without serious civil unrest, at least in the near term, say Western diplomats.
The country where Islam emerged 14 centuries ago must walk a fine line to maintain its close ties with Washington as U.S. forces attack Muslim Afghanistan, without angering its deeply conservative people or religious leadership, the diplomats said.
"They are cooperating in all of the key areas which Washington has asked for and are doing a fairly good job of accommodating the influential elements here against it," a Western diplomat said yesterday. "I don't see any instability in the near future. The danger is that two or three years down the road, where is this all headed? No one knows."

Weekly notes
Ali Sebti Hadithi became the first Iraqi ambassador to Bahrain since the 1991 Persian Gulf war yesterday when he presented his credentials to the emir, Sheik Hamad bin Isa Khalifa. Iraq had been represented in Manama at charge d'affaires level since the war, in which a U.S.-led coalition evicted Iraqi troops from Kuwait. The U.N. Children's Fund said yesterday that emergency relief supplies will be sent into Afghanistan today via Iran after convoys from Pakistan were halted because of U.S.-led air strikes. The U.N. World Food Program, the main food-aid agency in Afghanistan, said yesterday it had sent 100 tons of food from Iran into Afghanistan, where 5.5 million people need aid as winter approaches.

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