- The Washington Times - Friday, December 12, 2003


Kim Dae-jung aide convicted of bribery

SEOUL — A confidant of former President Kim Dae-jung was convicted and sentenced to 12 years in jail yesterday for taking $12.5 million in bribes from a major conglomerate and illegally remitting money to North Korea ahead of a 2000 inter-Korean summit.

Park Jie-won, a former Kim chief of staff, was also fined nearly $12.3 million.

Park was accused of playing a key role in remitting $500 million to North Korea in violation of the South’s strict foreign-currency regulations.

The money was sent ahead of former President Kim’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in 2000, which helped the South Korean leader win that year’s Nobel Peace Prize.


New rebellion flares in commercial capital

ABIDJAN — State security forces repulsed an assault near Ivory Coast’s state television station yesterday after a two-hour battle that left 18 persons dead, the defense minister said.

Bloodied bodies lay in the streets of Abidjan, the commercial capital. It was the latest in a string of rebellions, military revolts and other violence that have plagued once-stable Ivory Coast since a 1999 coup.


Judge orders suspect blinded with acid

MULTAN — A judge has ruled that a Pakistani man convicted of attacking his 17-year-old fiancee with acid be blinded with acid himself, police said yesterday.

Mohammed Sajid, 19, poured acid on the face of his fiancee Rabia Bibi, permanently blinding her on June 24, during what police said was a minor dispute between the couple.

“This is an Islamic way of doing justice,” the judge wrote in his verdict.


Pakistan extradites terrorism suspects

JAKARTA — Six Indonesian terror suspects, including the brother of Southeast Asia’s top militant, arrived yesterday in Jakarta on a flight from Pakistan.

The suspects — all students at an Islamic boarding school in Pakistan — arrived late Thursday and were whisked to the city police headquarters.

The six include Rusman Gunawan, the younger brother of the senior Jemaah Islamiyah operative Hambali, who is in U.S. custody.


Sir Mick Jagger takes a bow

LONDON — He’s 60, still singing, and now he’s Sir Mick.

That pouting, posturing icon of rock rebelliousness Mick Jagger officially joined the British establishment yesterday — accepting a knighthood from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

Times have changed since 1965, when some outraged dignitaries returned their gold medals in protest after the Beatles were made Members of the Order of the British Empire.


Ebola medicine ready for human tests

LONDON — The first treatment to show any promise against the deadly Ebola virus has cured one-third of the monkeys it was tested on — raising hopes that a lifesaving therapy for people may be on the horizon.

World Health Organization doctors said they plan to try the drug on humans during the next outbreak. The death rate varies from about 50 percent for milder strains of the virus to about 90 percent.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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