- The Washington Times - Monday, August 4, 2003

NEW YORK

Del Ponte asked to make her case

The U.N. Security Council yesterday invited Carla Del Ponte to argue her case for remaining chief prosecutor of the world body’s tribunal for genocide in Rwanda, a job U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan wants taken away from her.

Miss Del Ponte, 56, is chief prosecutor for the Rwanda tribunal, based in Arusha, Tanzania, as well as the International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, based in The Hague, Netherlands. Her four-year term comes up for renewal in mid-September.

Mr. Annan wants to keep her at the Yugoslavia court and replace her at the Rwanda court.

ISRAEL

Prisoner release disappoints Palestinians

JERUSALEM — Israel yesterday published a list of 342 Palestinian prisoners it plans to free tomorrow to bolster a U.S.-backed peace plan and reformist Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, but Palestinians have cried foul.

Palestinian officials noted that 31 men were to complete their sentences this month anyway, and that Israeli officials had said 540 would be freed. Palestinians want a general release of all 6,000 of their brethren in Israeli jails.

AZERBAIJAN

Parliament approves dynastic succession

BAKU — The parliament in Azerbaijan yesterday paved the way for the first dynastic succession in a former Soviet state, electing as prime minister the son of ailing President Heydar Aliyev.

The elder Mr. Aliyev engineered the move a year ago in the oil-rich state on the Caspian Sea, but only now, as he lies in a Turkish hospital, has it been implemented. As prime minister, his son Ilham Aliyev, 41, would become interim head of state if the 80-year-old Mr. Aliyev dies in office.

RWANDA

Tribunal convicts 100 of genocide

KIGALI — A tribunal has convicted 100 persons of rape, torture, murder and crimes against humanity in the largest trial so far seeking justice for the victims of genocide in Rwanda.

The three-judge panel sentenced 11 persons to death and 71 to life imprisonment, J.M. Ntete, prosecutor for Butare province, said yesterday.

The crimes were committed during the 100-day slaughter in mid-1994, in which at least a half-million people were killed, most of them members of Rwanda’s Tutsi minority.

KENYA

Embassy says suspects were bin Laden loyalists

NAIROBI — Two terrorism suspects targeted in a raid last week, one of whom killed himself during the arrest, were part of Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network, the U.S. Embassy said yesterday.

The raid came in Kenya’s Indian Ocean port of Mombasa, sparked by the arrest early Friday of one of the suspects.

The group is blamed for attacks in November on vacationing Israelis in Mombasa, which killed three Israelis and at least 10 Kenyans, and for the 1998 car bombing of the U.S. Embassy, which killed 219 persons, including 12 Americans.

PHILIPPINES

Senator named as coup plotter

MANILA — Police named an opposition senator as a leader of a failed military mutiny last week, charging him, four senior officers and two civilians yesterday with backing the attempt to topple President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan, now in hiding, is the highest official to have been implicated in the July 27 uprising by more than 350 officers and enlisted men, who took over a ritzy apartment building and mall in the heart of Manila’s financial district.

Before being elected senator, Mr. Honasan had led several coup attempts against President Corazon Aquino.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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