- The Washington Times - Friday, May 10, 2002

Brussels group faults Timor prosecutions
JAKARTA, Indonesia Prosecutors in Indonesia's human rights trials are hiding the role of high government and army officials in orchestrating the militia bloodshed in East Timor in 1999, an international research group charged.
The International Crisis Group said the court's limited mandate "and the very weak indictments against the accused raise doubts that the trials will reveal the true extent of the military's institutional responsibility."

Hijacker to Taiwan sentenced in China
SHANGHAI A court in eastern China has sentenced a man to 13 years for hijacking an airliner to Taiwan, state media report.
Zhang Wenlong, 38, was repatriated last year after serving nearly six years in Taiwan for the 1993 hijacking, the online edition of the People's Daily reports. The Changzhou Intermediate People's Court issued its ruling and sentence on April 16, the report said.
Zhang used a knife to commandeer the Xiamen Airlines flight on June 24, 1993, the report said.

Ex-justice to run for S.Korea president
SEOUL Lee Hoi-chang, a former Supreme Court judge, yesterday secured the nomination of South Korea's main opposition party for the presidential election.
Mr. Lee won 68 percent of the vote, besting Choi Byung-ryul with 18.3 percent, in nationwide primaries of the Grand National Party. "I will score a victory in the election," said Mr. Lee, 66. "I will make a new, clean country with a government of the people and a government respected by the world."
His main opponent in the Dec. 17 election will be Roh Moo-hyu of the ruling Millennium Democratic Party.

Cambodian demands action on land reform
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia Opposition leader Sam Rainsy led more than 200 protesting farmers to the World Bank office here at midweek, demanding that international donors force the government to implement land reforms.
He said the World Bank must address inequitable land distribution and land-grabbing by the powerful at a meeting of international donors here next month.
"The protesters want the donor meeting to realize that unless there is land reform, there is no way to reduce poverty," Mr. Sam Rainsy told Reuters outside the World Bank office.

Weekly notes
Indonesian officials and Aceh separatist rebels began two days of talks in Switzerland yesterday seeking to end decades of fighting in the resource-rich province. It is the seventh round of talks under the auspices of Geneva-based mediators between Jakarta officials and exiled members of the Free Aceh Movement, who seek independence for the oil-rich northern tip of Sumatra. Thailand used durian, the pungent fruit known as the "skunk of the orchards," to cement relations with visiting Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo this week. Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra threw a special "durian buffet" for Mrs. Arroyo, who loves the delicacy, offering her three types of durian, durian-stuffed moon cakes and durian ice cream.


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