- The Washington Times - Monday, June 16, 2003

5 more countries sign court deal with U.S.

Five governments — Egypt, Mongolia, Nicaragua, the Seychelles and Tunisia — have signed secret agreements exempting U.S. personnel from prosecution in the International Criminal Court, according to a State Department document released yesterday.

The department said last week that several governments that signed the agreements asked not to be named. The five agreements bring to 43 the number of governments that have exempted U.S. personnel from prosecution in the court, set up to try war crimes and acts of genocide.

JAPAN

U.S. Marine faces arrest by Japanese in rape

TOKYO — A Japanese court issued an arrest warrant yesterday for a U.S. Marine accused of beating and raping a 19-year-old woman on the southern island of Okinawa, officials said.

A district court in Okinawa granted police permission yesterday to arrest Lance Cpl. Jose Torres, 21, stationed at Camp Hansen.

The purported attack occurred May 25 in the town of Kin, according to a statement released by the Marines. The woman suffered a broken nose and was sexually assaulted, an official said.

BRITAIN

U.N. envoy named top official in Iraq

LONDON — Britain yesterday named its U.N. ambassador, Jeremy Greenstock, as special representative on Iraq, and associates said he would use the post to press for an expanded United Nations role in postwar Iraq.

Mr. Greenstock planned to take up the new job, as the British equivalent of U.S. civil administrator L. Paul Bremer, in September, Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman said.

Mr. Greenstock had planned to retire later this month. He will take over from John Sawers.

GEORGIA

Taxi driver held in ‘dirty bomb’ case

TBILISI — A taxi driver was detained after authorities in the Georgian capital found nerve gas and radioactive materials that can make a “dirty bomb” in his cab, officials said yesterday.

Tedo Mokeliya was detained May 31 after police in this former Soviet republic discovered two containers holding cesium-137 and strontium in his taxi, said Givi Mgebrishvili, chief of the Interior Ministry’s main criminal investigation department.

Cesium and strontium, which have medical and industrial applications, also are considered likely ingredients for a dirty bomb, in which conventional explosives are combined with radioactive material.

Police also found a dark brown liquid later determined to be nerve gas concentrate, the official said. No other details were available.

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