- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 6, 2001

Court move eases N. Ireland crisis
BELFAST Northern Ireland's political crisis eased yesterday after a court swept aside a legal obstacle to David Trimble's return as head of the province's Protestant-Catholic ruling coalition.
But re-election of Protestant Mr. Trimble, who backs power-sharing, was delayed by 24 hours amid acrid debate.
Northern Ireland's erratic peace process boosted recently by the Irish Republican Army's (IRA) disarmament but marred by a car-bombing in England Saturday that was blamed on Republican renegades had lurched into fresh political feuding and legal wrangling.
However, Mr. Trimble's re-election as first minister was virtually assured after a court dismissed a challenge by the hard-line Democratic Unionist Party, seeking to force new province-wide elections. Mr. Trimble quit his post in July in protest over failures by the IRA to disarm.

Libyan officials jailed for corruption
TRIPOLI, Libya The finance minister, a senior economic adviser and a number of Central Bank employees were convicted and sentenced to prison terms in Libya's biggest-ever corruption trial, newspapers reported yesterday.
A total of 47 defendants were found guilty in the case, connected to loans worth $300 million that were illegally given by the Central Bank to businessmen in Benghazi, 400 miles east of Tripoli.
The People's Court in Tripoli ruled the defendants guilty Sunday on various charges including bribery, forgery and damaging public property. The court handed down prison terms ranging from one to 16 years, reports said.

Setback in Macedonia's peace process
SKOPJE, Macedonia A key ethnic Albanian party yesterday demanded revision of a part of the Western-brokered peace agreement for Macedonia, causing a new setback in the Balkan country's difficult peace process.
The Party for Democratic Prosperity said it could not accept one of the 15 constitutional amendments called for in the Aug. 13 peace accord meant to end clashes between ethnic Albanian insurgents and government forces.
Lawmakers representing the rival sides had been expected to pass the amendments in parliament this week. The reforms could be passed without the support of the dissenting party, but a wide consensus is considered essential for long-term peace.

S. Korean claims bribe of Kazakh president
SEOUL A South Korean tycoon testified that he ordered a subordinate to give $10 million in bribes to Kazakhstan's president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, to promote business in the former Soviet republic, court officials said yesterday.
There was no immediate reaction from Mr. Nazarbayev's office.
Choi Soon-young, 62, former chairman of Shindongah group and Korea Life Insurance Co., made the claim before a Seoul appeals court on Oct. 26, said his lawyer, Hwang Sang-hyun.
The court was reviewing Mr. Choi's 1999 conviction for fraud and illegally sending capital out of South Korea. He was sentenced to five years in prison and fined $165 million.


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