- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 8, 2001

Family seeks release of American in China
NEW YORK — Chinese authorities have been holding a 66-year-old American for the past 11/2 years on suspicion of gathering state secrets, an attorney for his family said yesterday.
Fong Fuming, an electrical engineer from West Orange, N.J., was imprisoned in early 2000, said New York City lawyer Jerome Cohen.
"We would like to get him out of detention," Mr. Cohen said. "He's being held in blatant violation of China's criminal procedure law."
Mr. Fuming's case is the latest of several involving the arrest of Chinese-born Americans on security grounds.
Mr. Cohen said the family of Mr. Fuming, a naturalized American, is breaking 18-months of silence in an effort to gain his release.
Most American families of Chinese descent who have relatives being held by Chinese authorities tend to remain quiet for long periods in the hope that the relative will eventually be released, Mr. Cohen said. But Mr. Fuming's family has lost patience and decided to go public in an effort to bring the case to the attention of Chinese leaders, he said.
Mr. Cohen said Mr. Fuming still hasn't been indicted.

Suspect in slayings commits suicide
OJAI, Calif. — The man suspected of killing three members of a Simi Valley family apparently fatally shot himself as law officers closed in yesterday evening in Los Padres National Forest, a sheriff's deputy said.
The body of Reynaldo Herrera Rodriguez was found about three hours after forest rangers saw him running from a parked sport utility vehicle, said Steve Mayorga, a Ventura County sheriff's deputy.
Simi Valley police and county sheriff's deputies had been looking since Wednesday for Mr. Rodriguez, 35, a state highway department civil engineer they say targeted the family of a young woman with whom he once had a relationship.

Fugitives wanted in assaults captured
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — Two suspected fugitives wanted for assaulting a Minnesota couple were arrested yesterday evening, six miles from a popular campground that was evacuated during a search and standoff with a SWAT team, park officials said.
Park rangers and the SWAT officers had surrounded a stolen truck near the campground about 6 a.m. and watched it for seven hours, thinking the men and an unidentified woman were inside.
After waiting most of the day, police approached the truck to find it empty.
The trio was arrested about 6 p.m., park spokeswoman Marsha Karle said. She did not have details.

Brothers jailed in spy case
Two Pakistani brothers, one of them a naturalized U.S. citizen, have been sentenced to prison for attempting to illegally ship spy cameras to Pakistan, the U.S. Justice Department said yesterday.
The men, who pleaded guilty earlier this year, were arrested by the U.S. Customs Service in January following a two-month undercover operation. They were trying to export pan tilt-zoom cameras that can be used for military surveillance and reconnaissance when installed in unmanned aerial vehicles known as drones.
Tauquir Khan, 36, a Pakistani citizen who has been in the United States on a student visa at Iowa State University, was sentenced to 30 months' imprisonment. He faces two years of supervised release once he leaves prison and most likely will be deported to Pakistan, the Justice Department said.
His brother, Tanzeem Khan, 34, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was sentenced to two years in prison followed by two years of supervised release.

Faircloth declines run for Helms' seat
RALEIGH, N.C. — Former Sen. Lauch Faircloth has decided he will not run for the Senate seat that will be vacated by Republican Jesse Helms next year, the Greensboro News & Record reported yesterday.
In a story on its Web site, the newspaper said a source close to Mr. Faircloth confirmed that the Republican will not seek Mr. Helms' seat.


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