- The Washington Times - Friday, April 28, 2000

55 bodies retrieved from Ugandan garage

KAMPALA, Uganda Municipal gravediggers wearing protective clothing Thursday exhumed 55 bodies from a garage at a house that had been rented by one of the leaders of a doomsday sect already being blamed for 924 deaths.
The bodies of 22 women, 15 men, 10 girls and eight boys wrapped in black polyethene bags were loaded onto a trailer to be taken to the municipal cemetery for burial, said Assuman Mugenyi, a police spokesman.
He said that the bodies were found in three graves inside the garage and that they bore no external signs of violence. The cause of death would have to be determined by pathologists, he added.

Japan punishes officers in shooting cover-up

TOKYO Japan's military dismissed a colonel and punished 23 other officers Thursday for covering up purported illegal shooting on a military firing range.
The Defense Agency fired Col. Yasunobu Hideshima, 53, who was charged last month with letting three civilian friends fire guns during a drill in 1994, said Lt. Col. Yakayuki Hamada, a military spokesman.
Lt. Gen. Yoshiharu Amano, 56, and Lt. Gen. Michihiko Suzuki, 53, were suspended from duty for 20 days each, Col. Hamada said. The two were the highest-ranking Japanese military officers ever to be suspended.
The punishments follow a series of scandals shaking the country's police departments. Yesterday, prosecutors demanded prison sentences for five former police officials who pleaded guilty to covering up a colleague's drug abuse.

North Korea woos Nigerian military

LAGOS, Nigeria North Korea is willing to enter into a military pact with Nigeria, the country's defense attache said in a report Wednesday.
"We are proposing to meet and agree with Nigerian military authorities on some specific areas of cooperation between us," North Korea's defense attache in Nigeria, Colonel Ho Cho Guk, said in a report cited by the Guardian newspaper.
He said his country was also exploring the possibility of establishing "concrete" areas of cooperation with Nigeria to cement the existing bilateral relationship.

Two Koreas closer to summit agreement

PANMUNJOM, Korea The two rival Koreas have moved close to an agreement on how to proceed at their unprecedented summit, South Korean officials said Thursday.
But North Korea and South Korea, who fought a 1950-53 war ending without a treaty, still must move forward on an agenda for the June 12-14 summit of the two leaders, the officials indicated.
"We will try to resolve it step by step, without a rush," said Park Jae-kyu, South Korea's unification minister, after officials of both Koreas met for 90 minutes meeting at the border village of Panmunjom.

Babitsky is honored for Chechnya reporting

COPENHAGEN, Denmark Russian journalist Andrei Babitsky, who was arrested by the Russian military in Chechnya and held captive for weeks, won a prestigious $20,000 prize Thursday for his coverage of the war in the breakaway republic.
He "has been one of the very few critical voices commenting on the situation and recent developments in the region," said the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe, citing the 36-year-old correspondent for Radio Liberty.
Mr. Babitsky's reporting on the Chechnya conflict "has been widely recognized for its objectivity and fairness," said the OSCE in awarding the journalist its annual Prize for Journalism and Democracy. "[He] reported on the conflict in Chechnya with complete disregard for his personal safety."

Palestinian Habashpoised to retire

DAMASCUS, Syria Radical Palestinian guerrilla leader George Habash was scheduled to submit his resignation Thursday at a meeting of his Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a spokesman for the organization said before the gathering.
Malier al-Taher said the conference would discuss Mr. Habash's request and reach a decision in several days.
Mr. Habash, 73, has led the guerrilla group since he established it in 1968. The PFLP became known for a spate of aircraft hijackings in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Based on wire dispatches and staff reports.

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide