- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 21, 2002

France writes 'finis' to ANC exile's murder

PARIS France has definitively closed the murder case of Dulcie September, a representative of South Africa's African National Congress fatally shot in Paris in 1988, the lawyer for her sister said Thursday.
French authorities are now no longer able to reopen an investigation into the killing because there has been no new information in the 10 years since July 17, 1992, when a judge ruled the case not prosecutable, the lawyer said.
The murder of Miss September, 42, on March 29, 1988, outside her office provoked speculation she was the victim of hit men hired by the South African apartheid regime, possibly with the complicity of the French secret service.

Slovenian bank exit still issue in Bosnia
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina Slovene President Milan Kucan made a one-day official visit here last week clouded by a dispute over bank deposits that were withdrawn before the Bosnian war.
Mr. Kucan met Thursday with the members of Bosnia's collective presidency: Croat Jozo Krizanovic, Serb Zivko Radisic and Muslim Beriz Belkic. As in all his previous four visits, Bosnia pressed demands that funds deposited by Bosnian citizens be returned to them.
About $180 million was withdrawn by Slovenia when its state-owned Ljubljanska Banka ceased operations in Bosnia at the beginning of the 1992-95 war. Slovenia insists the issue of the bank deposits should be resolved as part of negotiations on dividing up the assets of the former Yugoslavia.

Ukraine to honor Sevastopol lease
KIEV Ukraine intends to abide by an agreement allowing Russia use of its Black Sea naval base until 2017, despite its intention to apply for membership in NATO, Foreign Minister Anatoly Zlenko has announced.
"This issue is not relevant today. We have 15 years ahead of us," Mr. Zlenko told the news agency Ukrainsky Novyny in a report carried Thursday.
Some 16,000 Russian sailors and 380 Russian warships are based in the autonomous Ukrainian republic of Crimea, where Ukraine rents 80 percent of the port of Sevastopol's military facilities to the Russian navy. A 1997 agreement allows the Russians to lease the naval base for 20 years.

Weekly notes
A Dublin court has convicted a man of raping his wife in 1997, the first such ruling in the history of the Irish republic. Court officials said a jury of eight men and four women returned the unanimous guilty verdict Thursday against the 46-year-old builder from Sligo, who cannot be named. The man will be sentenced in October. A Russian appeals court threw out Thursday an attempt by the government to have the Church of Scientology banned in Moscow, the organization's lawyer said. It rejected the Justice Ministry's appeal of a similar lower-court ruling. Scientology, regarded in some countries of Europe as a sect of dubious legality rather than a religion, claims 10,000 members in Moscow.

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