- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 9, 2000

Corruption case draws 11 death sentences

SHANGHAI Eleven persons, among them police and government officials, were sentenced to death yesterday in communist China's biggest corruption scandal a multibillion-dollar smuggling ring that touched the apex of power.
State television showed footage of confiscated cars, a sack of gold rings, wads of cash and credit cards and a six-story pleasure palace where officials were provided with sexual favors.
In all 84 persons were convicted, with 12 sentenced to life imprisonment and another 58 receiving lesser terms in the huge racket centered on the shady Yuanhua Group in the busy southeastern port of Xiamen, state media reported. Another three received suspended death sentences, usually commuted later to life.

After 25 years, founder of Red Army arrested

TOKYO Police arrested a fugitive founder of the lethal left-wing Japanese Red Army yesterday, ending more than 25 years underground for a leader of a terrorist force blamed in a 1972 massacre at an Israeli airport and a series of other attacks.
Police captured 55-year-old Fusako Shigenobu as she left a hotel in the western city of Osaka with two companions.
"I'll fight on," Shigenobu shouted on arrival in Tokyo under heavy escort, raising her handcuffed wrists high in the air to give a defiant thumbs-up sign.
Shigenobu was arrested on a Japanese warrant accusing her of taking hostages in a 1974 attack on the French Embassy at The Hague, police said without elaboration.
Authorities in the September 1974 attack ultimately freed a jailed Red Army member in return for the militants' release of the French ambassador.

Police search for Suharto's son

JAKARTA, Indonesia Police in Jakarta promised today to search the sprawling capital for former President Suharto's youngest son, now just a common criminal on the run.

The disgraced former leader himself faces being back in the dock after a high court yesterday overruled another court's decision to drop a corruption trial against him because he was too ill.

Police searched the huge central Jakarta estate of the Suharto family in their so-far fruitless hunt for Hutomo "Tommy" Mandela Putra, on the run since last week from an 18-month jail term.

'Birth bonus' ruled racial discrimination

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France A court convicted the mayor of the town of Vitrolles and her top aide of racial discrimination yesterday for instituting a "birth bonus" restricted to French and European families.
The court handed out three-month suspended sentences and fines and barred the two from running for public office for two years.
Catherine Megret, wife of far-right leader Bruno Megret, and her aide, Hubert Fayard, said they would appeal.
Mrs. Megret and Mr. Fayard were charged with "discrimination and inciting and provoking racial hatred" with the measure that rewarded French and European families in the southern town with $715 for each birth. Non-European immigrant families were barred from receiving the "birth bonus."

Vietnam diplomat asks war-related U.S. aid

HANOI Vietnamese Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien called for more U.S. aid to deal with the consequences of the Vietnam War yesterday just days before President Clinton's landmark visit here next week.
Mr. Nien acknowledged that Washington had launched several humanitarian projects in Vietnam since the establishment of diplomatic relations five years ago, particularly in the field of flood relief.

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