- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 5, 2005

GERMANY

Bin Laden ex-guard off U.N., U.S. blacklists

BERLIN — A former bodyguard for Osama bin Laden, recently freed from prison in Germany, has been removed from U.N. and U.S. terror blacklists in a rare move that follows months of German lobbying in Washington.

The delisting of Shadi Abdalla, 28, is a victory for Berlin, which sees him as a key informant against terror suspects on trial and has given him a new identity and placed him under police protection.

A U.N. Web site said he was the fifth person, and the first in more than two years, to be removed from the world body’s list of militants whose assets all U.N. member states must freeze. But a German official said it could be the first and only case in which a convicted terrorist who has served his prison sentence has been delisted.

Abdalla was convicted last year of planning attacks on Jewish targets in Germany, but he was freed in November after serving less than a year of his four-year sentence.

CHILE

Top court upholds Pinochet indictment

SANTIAGO — Chile’s Supreme Court yesterday upheld the indictment and house arrest of former dictator Augusto Pinochet for nine kidnappings and one homicide purportedly committed during a long regime marked by human rights abuses.

The court’s 3-2 vote cleared the way for Gen. Pinochet to be tried on the latest human rights abuse charges stemming from his 1973-90 rule.

Gen. Pinochet remained at his countryside residence west of Santiago, where he will stay under house arrest during the trial. He has been there recovering from a stroke suffered last month.

PERU

Rebels end standoff, free hostages

ANDAHUAYLAS — A four-day occupation of a police station and part of this Andean town by an armed group of ex-military nationalists demanding the president’s resignation ended yesterday when they surrendered and freed their hostages.

A senior rebel had said the group was holding 19 persons, including 10 police officers and four army commandos, though unconfirmed press reports put the number at 21.

SAUDI ARABIA

Al Qaeda says attacks targeted official

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Saudi wing of al Qaeda said it had tried to assassinate the kingdom’s interior minister during two high-profile suicide bombings in Riyadh last week, said an Internet statement posted yesterday.

The Interior Ministry, led by Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, a brother of King Fahd, said at least 18 persons were wounded in the attacks last Wednesday, in which militants detonated two bomb-rigged cars outside its heavily fortified compound and a training unit for the emergency forces.

ISRAEL

Soldier to be tried in settler mutiny

JERUSALEM — An Israeli soldier is to be court-martialed for urging comrades to refuse orders to remove Jewish settler buildings, unprecedented disobedience that has raised fears of violence over a pullout from the Gaza Strip, army sources said.

Settlers have warned that thousands of soldiers could refuse to evacuate settlements under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s plan to abandon the occupied Gaza Strip and some of the West Bank this year.

The soldier to be court-martialed was arrested in fierce scuffles on Monday.

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