- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 29, 2002

France to expand police authority

PARIS France will give police wide-ranging powers and curb the rights of suspects in a new draft bill on domestic security that is already worrying civil rights activists, the daily Le Monde reported.
The newspaper said it had obtained an advance copy of the bill, prepared by conservative Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, the official charged with leading conservative President Jacques Chirac's law-and-order crusade. It spells out measures Mr. Sarkozy presented to parliament in July and targets people including prostitutes, foreigners, travelers and beggars, Le Monde said.

Irish ex-minister reportedly took bribes
DUBLIN, Ireland A judge investigating political corruption in Ireland has concluded that a former justice minister took $300,000 in secret payments from businessmen.
Ray Burke, a former lawmaker representing north Dublin for the ruling Fianna Fail party, didn't immediately respond to the findings by Justice Feargus Flood following a five-year investigation.
Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, who appointed Mr. Burke justice minister in 1997, said Thursday's report detailed "very serious offenses." Mr. Burke quit within months of his appointment after corruption accusations surfaced.

Jeffrey Archer sent to closed prison
LONDON Disgraced British politician and best-selling novelist Jeffrey Archer has been transferred to a closed prison after it emerged that he went to party at a friend's house without telling his keepers.
"There has been a serious breach of trust by Lord Archer by not abiding by the terms of his license" at the light-security North Sea Camp open prison, the British prison service said in a statement.
"Lord Archer has admitted attending the party," it said. "While we consider his future location, he has been relocated to Lincoln Prison," a closed facility in the east of England. The multimillionaire writer, a former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, was convicted in July of perjury and perverting the course of justice over his relations with a prostitute.

Weekly notes
Foreign Minister Georges Papandreou said last week that Greece fully backs Turkey's efforts to join the European Union. "We want to help Turkey take its place in the European Union," Mr. Papandreou was quoted by Anatolia news agency as telling a conference in Istanbul. He said Greece's support would continue beyond the European Union's Copenhagen summit in December when Turkey, the laggard among 13 membership candidates, hopes to obtain a date for the opening of membership talks with the EU. Max Strauss, the son of a former Bavarian governor, has been charged with tax evasion for reportedly receiving undeclared payments from an arms lobbyist at the center of a scandal that tainted former Chancellor Helmut Kohl. The Augsburg state prosecutor's office said Mr. Strauss did not declare $2.6 million he received in the early 1990s from lobbyist Karlheinz Schreiber for his help in a sale of 51 Airbus planes to Canada and Thailand.


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