- The Washington Times - Friday, August 2, 2002

Suharto son won't appeal conviction

JAKARTA, Indonesia The youngest son of former dictator Suharto announced yesterday that he will not appeal his conviction and 15-year prison sentence for ordering the assassination of a judge, saying his family's opponents had made Indonesians hate him.

"Public opinion has formed to create hatred against me," Hutomo Mandala Putra, better known as Tommy Suharto, 40, told reporters at a Jakarta prison where he was being held.

He was found guilty last Friday of ordering the killing of Supreme Court Judge Syafiuddin Kartasasmita.


Greece arrests another November 17 suspect

ATHENS Police arrested another man suspected of belonging to Greece's most notorious terrorist group yesterday, a day after a statement attributed to November 17 said the group was still active and could stage reprisals.

The latest suspect, identified as 41-year-old Sotiris Kondilis, is accused of taking part in several high-profile heists and attacks, including the slayings of two Turkish diplomats in the 1990s.


U.S. denies attack on Afghan village

KABUL, Afghanistan Afghan officials yesterday said a U.S. helicopter attacked a village 75 miles south of Kabul, killing a civilian and wounding two others.The U.S. military denied the report.

A commander of Afghan forces in Zormat said an American helicopter fired what could have been a bomb or a rocket on the village of Khomi Baghicha.

A Pentagon spokesman said there were no U.S. helicopters in the air at the time of the reported attack.


Mexicans back Fox's kissing of papal ring

MEXICO CITY Almost two-thirds of Mexicans give a thumbs up to President Vicente Fox's kissing of Pope John Paul II's ring, an unprecedented display of reverence to the Roman Catholic leader in a nation with a long tradition of separation of church and state.

A poll published yesterday in the Reforma newspaper said that 60 percent of those questioned approved of Mr. Fox's kiss at an official ceremony Tuesday night on the pope's arrival. Another poll found 63 percent support.


Iranian schoolgirls allowed to lift veils

TEHRAN Schoolgirls and teachers in Iran's capital have been allowed to lift their veils for the first time since the 1979 Islamic revolution and despite criticism from hard-liners, who oppose anything deemed Western.

The Education Ministry has issued a directive to schools in Tehran, asking them not to force the country's strict Islamic dress code on students and teachers in girls' schools, which are staffed by women.


Romania, U.S. agree on criminal court

BUCHAREST, Romania Romania signed an agreement with the United States yesterday promising not to surrender U.S. citizens to the newly operational International Criminal Court, becoming the first country to make such a pledge.

The pact was signed by Romanian Deputy Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu and Undersecretary of State John Bolton, the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest said.


Colombian guerrillas free mayor's daughter

BOGOTA, Colombia Rebels have released a mayor's 3-year-old daughter after kidnapping her in an attempt to force her father to resign, officials said yesterday.

The release of Francy Lorena Erazo had been a condition reportedly demanded by President Andres Pastrana for an exchange of imprisoned rebels for hostages being held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Rebels kidnapped Francy, the daughter of Colon Mayor Libardo Erazo, and her nanny on July 18 as they went to a preschool.


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