- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 21, 2002

Peru orders new trial for Shining Path leader
LIMA, Peru A high court ordered a new civilian trial for a former Shining Path guerrilla leader, ruling her 1992 life sentence by a military tribunal on treason charges was unconstitutional.
The Constitutional Tribunal's order was announced Tuesday in response to former No. 2 rebel leader Elena Iparraguirre's appeal to overturn her conviction by a masked military tribunal.
The ruling could open the way for a new trial for jailed Shining Path founder Abimael Guzman, her lover, who was also sentenced to life imprisonment.

French court OKs Fallaci book
PARIS A French court yesterday threw out on a technicality a bid by anti-racist groups to ban a book by Italian writer Oriana Fallaci assailing Islamic fundamentalism after last year's September 11 attacks.
"The Rage and the Pride," which has become a top seller in Italy and has sold thousands of copies in France since its release in May, has been accused of being racist after a weekly magazine published some extracts.
The book contains a number of provocative statements, such as a claim that Western civilization is superior to Islamic society and that Muslim immigrants in the West had "multiplied like rats."

Muslims burn office over Miss World article
LAGOS, Nigeria Muslims burned down a newspaper office yesterday to protest an article suggesting Islam's prophet might have chosen a wife from among contestants in the Miss World beauty pageant being hosted by Nigeria.
The local office of ThisDay in the northern city of Kaduna was destroyed, police and newspaper officials said. No one was in the building, Editor Eniola Bello said.
"The Muslims thought it was immoral to bring 92 women to Nigeria and ask them to revel in vanity. What would Muhammad think? In all honesty, he would probably have chosen a wife from among them," the newspaper said in an article, published along with profiles and pictures of more than 60 Miss World hopefuls.

U.N. body decries torture in Egypt
GENEVA A U.N. human rights body said yesterday there was "widespread evidence" of torture of detainees by Egyptian security officials and urged Cairo to ensure all cases were promptly investigated.
The Geneva-based Committee against Torture, reviewing a periodic report on Egypt, also urged the Egyptian government to allow all convictions by military courts in terrorism cases to be reviewed by a higher court.
Egypt has arrested hundreds of reputed Muslim militants since last year's September 11 attacks in the United States and they face trial with no right of appeal.


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