- The Washington Times - Friday, July 12, 2002

Ex-dictator arrested in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES Former junta leader Gen. Leopoldo Galtieri was arrested yesterday in connection with the abduction, torture and execution of 20 leftist guerrillas and others during Argentina's military dictatorship.

The 72-year-old general, who led Argentina to war with Britain over the Falkland Islands in 1982, was arrested on the orders of a federal judge prosecuting human rights abuses.

His arrest revived public scrutiny of a dark chapter, in which some 9,000 leftist dissidents were officially reported as killed or missing after what prosecutors called a systematic state crackdown. Human rights groups put the toll at up to 30,000.

Milosevic predecessor to testify at trial

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia Former Yugoslav President Zoran Lilic was detained yesterday and flown to The Hague to testify at the trial at the International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia of his successor, Slobodan Milosevic.

Mr. Lilic served as figurehead president of Yugoslavia from 1993 until 1997, when Mr. Milosevic, his political patron, took over as president.

Mr. Lilic was subpoenaed by the tribunal to testify as a prosecution witness against Mr. Milosevic, who was indicted on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity in three Balkan wars.

3 Lebanese security men killed during raid

SIDON, Lebanon Three Lebanese security officers were shot dead yesterday during a raid on the home of a member of a Palestinian Islamic group in the southern port city of Sidon.

Security sources said they were targeting a member of Osbat al-Ansar, an obscure Palestinian group based in the nearby Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh.

Osbat al-Ansar is headed by a Palestinian Islamist who is a fugitive from a death sentence in Lebanon. The United States has ordered a freeze on its assets for suspected links to the al Qaeda network of Osama bin Laden.

Armed Saudi man seeks Qatari asylum

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia Saudi police arrested an armed Saudi man who had entered the Qatari consulate in the city of Jidda yesterday to seek asylum.

Qatari Consul-General Ebrahim al-Maghaisib said the man in his early 30s said he was seeking political asylum.

The consul said the man did not have a beard and there was nothing else in his appearance suggesting he may be an Islamic militant.

Portuguese detain uranium trafficker

LISBON A man suspected of trafficking enriched uranium, a material that could be used in the manufacture of a "dirty" nuclear bomb, has been detained in Portugal, police said.

The 46-year-old Portuguese man was detained in Porto, Portugal's second-largest city, early yesterday. Police believe he is part of an international network that smuggled enriched uranium out of Eastern Europe.

Venice police on alert over al Qaeda threats

VENICE, Italy Venice was on high alert yesterday with small submarines patrolling the city's lagoon and police sealing off its ancient Jewish ghetto after reports of a likely al Qaeda attack.

"There's an alarm in general," Venice Chief of Police Domenico Bagnato told the ANSA news agency.

On Wednesday, Italian newspapers reported that Italian investigators had uncovered a plot by al Qaeda operatives who last year planned to attack targets such as a church in Venice, St. Peter's Square in Rome and U.S. diplomatic missions in Europe.

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