- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 1, 2002

6 get death in gang rape

DERA GHAZI KHAN, Pakistan A Pakistani court today sentenced six men to death for the gang rape of a woman on the orders of a traditional village jury.
Defense attorney Mohammed Yaqub said eight other men were acquitted in the trial before a special anti-terrorism court in the Punjab provincial town of Dera Ghazi Khan. Mukhtar Mai, the 30-year-old victim, was not present when the court announced the decision.
She said she had gone to the jury after her 12-year-old brother was kidnapped and sodomized by members of Mastoi family as a punishment for having an illicit affair with one of their relatives.
Mr. Yaqub said four men were sentenced to death for committing the rape and two others were sentenced for serving on the village jury that authorized the crime. All six also were ordered to pay a fine of $675, he said.

Malaysia halts migrant evictions
SANDAKAN, Malaysia The Malaysian government announced yesterday it would temporarily stop expelling illegal Filipino immigrants and let Philippine officials inspect deportation camps in a bid to defuse tensions over reported mistreatment at the camps.
Malaysia's monthlong crackdown on illegal immigrants threatening them with caning, fines or imprisonment has led about 300,000 migrants to leave and sparked flag-burning protests in Indonesia and the Philippines, home to most of the migrants.
Some deportees complained of overcrowding and inadequate food and water, and 27 Indonesian deaths and three Philippine deaths were blamed on conditions during deportation.

Germany refuses to release evidence
BERLIN Germany has told the United States it will withhold evidence against September 11 conspiracy defendant Zacarias Moussaoui unless it receives assurances that the material won't be used to secure a death penalty against him, Justice Minister Herta Daeubler-Gmelin said in an interview with the Der Spiegel news weekly.
Investigators suspect Moussaoui, who is awaiting trial in Virginia on charges of conspiracy to commit terrorism and murder federal employees, was training to become the pilot of one of the airliners hijacked for the attacks when he was arrested.
German prosecutors say he received money for flight school fees from a member of the terrorist group based in the northern city of Hamburg. But the government insists it can't bend laws forbidding the extradition of suspects to countries with the death penalty or supplying evidence that could incriminate someone facing execution.

Gadhafi says Libya not a rogue state
CAIRO Eager to shake off his pariah image, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said yesterday his country is no longer a rogue state and even has detained some Islamists suspected of links with the al Qaeda terror network.
In a two-hour speech on Libyan national television to mark the anniversary of his 1969 coup, Col. Gadhafi condemned the September 11 attacks, saying: "We have never seen such a horrific and terrifying act performed in such an exhibitionist manner."
He said Libya's policy toward the United States and Israel now will follow the policy of the African Union a new grouping of African nations to which Libya belongs.

Zambian police raid ex-president's home
LUSAKA, Zambia Zambian police broke into the home of former President Frederick Chiluba yesterday, saying they were looking for drugs, but his lawyer said all they took away was shredded paper and two licensed firearms.
Police said Mr. Chiluba, a former clergyman who has been out of office only since January, had been dealing in drugs from his home. Mr. Chiluba denied the charge.
The Zambian High Court on Friday upheld a parliamentary decision in July to revoke Mr. Chiluba's immunity from prosecution and charge him with corruption, but a judge suspended the order and gave Mr. Chiluba 30 days to appeal.

Sharif quits election race
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Exiled former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said yesterday he was bowing out of the Oct. 10 elections after officials rejected the nomination of his rival-turned-ally Benazir Bhutto.
Mr. Sharif, who is living in exile in Saudi Arabia, said he was deeply saddened by the rejection of Mrs. Bhutto's nomination papers on Friday and wanted to show solidarity with the people of Sindh, her home province.

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