- The Washington Times - Friday, December 13, 2002

MALAYSIA
Indonesia not allowed to quiz bombing suspect
KUALA LUMPUR Indonesian police will not be allowed to interrogate a Malaysian thought to have received money from Jemaah Islamiyah to fund the deadly Oct. 12 bombings on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, top cop Norian Mai said yesterday.
Mr. Norian said Malaysian police are capable of questioning Wan Min Wan Mat, 42, without help. They are, however, willing to share with Indonesia whatever information they learn from their investigation, he was quoted by Bernama news agency as saying.
Meanwhile, a little-known Islamic militant group has claimed responsibility for the Bali blasts and threatened new attacks against Westerners, according to a Web site mentioned by Imam Samudra, the top suspect in the blasts.

INDONESIA
Cease-fire said to hold in breakaway Aceh
BANDA ACEH A cease-fire between Indonesian troops and separatist rebels held yesterday, but sporadic bloodshed continued in Aceh province on the tip of Sumatra, where the gunshot-riddled body of a 30-year-old woman was found.
She was the first confirmed victim of violence since the government and the Free Aceh Movement signed an agreement in Geneva to end the 26-year war.
A resident said the woman was believed to have been abducted from her home by unknown men and killed on a beach before being dumped in the Lhok Aman area of South Aceh.

AUSTRALIA
Computer glitch blamed in failed superjet test
SYDNEY A computer short-circuit caused the spectacular crash in Australia in July of a model Japanese superjet that designers hope will one day replace the Concorde, officials said .
A scientist with Japan's National Aerospace Laboratory said the computer glitch caused the supersonic scale model to separate from its booster rocket shortly after launch from the Woomera testing range in southern Australia. Japanese officials were testing the model in hopes of building a passenger jet that can travel at twice the speed of sound.

Weekly notes
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad warned Japan yesterday not to pursue rapid "Western-inspired" reforms if it wants to avoid excessive economic disruption. At a Tokyo seminar hours after his arrival on a five-day official visit, he also warned that a U.S. attack on Iraq would anger Muslims and prove "counterproductive." Former Khmer Rouge general Sam Bith, 70, appeared in a Cambodian court yesterday charged with overseeing the 1994 kidnapping and execution of three backpackers from France, Britain and Australia. He is the most senior of three Khmer Rouge commanders charged with abducting Briton Mark Slater, Frenchman Jean-Michel Braquet and Australian David Wilson after a train ambush. A dozen Cambodians died in the ambush. The backpackers were killed as government troops tried to storm the place where they were being held.

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