- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 16, 2008

CANADA

Terror suspect claims cruelty

TORONTO | A suspected Syrian terrorist who has spent seven years in mostly segregated custody in Canada is claiming that his indefinite detention without charge or trial amounts to cruelty, his lawyer said Sunday.

In a challenge filed in Federal Court on Friday, Hassan Almrei argues that his lengthy incarceration violates his constitutional rights, Toronto lawyer Lorne Waldman told the Canadian Press.

Mr. Almrei, who has traveled to Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, was arrested in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States. He is one of five Muslim foreigners held under a national security certificate - which allows the Canadian government to detain them indefinitely as a threat to public safety based on secret evidence.

MEXICO

Prisoners riot, say inmates killed

TIJUANA | Prisoners angered by the purported deaths of inmates at the hands of guards rioted Sunday at a state penitentiary in this Mexican border city, injuring at least four prisoners.

The four suffered bullet wounds and were evacuated for treatment, Red Cross official Fernando Esquer said. It was not clear who shot them.

The riot began Sunday afternoon and quickly escalated.

Prison authorities have refused to give any information.

VENEZUELA

Chavez says U.S. wants to kill him

CARACAS | President Hugo Chavez reprimanded skeptics on Sunday for questioning his warnings that Washington is out to kill him - an accusation that Venezuela’s opposition dismisses as a ploy to distract attention from domestic problems such as rampant violent crime and corruption.

Venezuelans are sharply divided between those who believe that radicals backed by the United States are plotting to assassinate their socialist leader, as the government claims, and critics who seriously doubt the accusations.

Mr. Chavez ordered the U.S. ambassador to leave Venezuela last week - both to underscore his accusation that the envoy was aiding a purported coup plot by dissident military officers, and to show support for embattled Bolivian President Evo Morales.

The U.S. ambassadors in both countries have denied the allegations.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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