- The Washington Times - Friday, December 5, 2003


Bosnian Serb general gets 20-year jail term

THE HAGUE — Judges at the war crimes tribunal sentenced a former Bosnian Serb general for 20 years yesterday for deliberately shelling and shooting civilians during the siege of Sarajevo in the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

Stanislav Galic, 60, is the first suspect to be tried by the U.N. war crimes tribunal exclusively in connection with the 44-month siege of the Bosnian capital. Prosecutors said Bosnian Serb forces had plunged the city into a “medieval hell.”

Serb forces rained sniper and shell fire down on buses, trams, gardens and funerals, killing men, women and children. Television images of the city’s shattered buildings and the corpses of children who had been playing in the snow shocked the world.


Naked students protest cutbacks

BERLIN — Dozens of naked students braved freezing temperatures to streak through the center of the German capital yesterday to protest plans to cut spending for universities.

About 40 students wearing little more than shoes, smiles and slogans surprised festive shoppers with a series of sprints through a Christmas market near the central western Berlin business district.

Chanting “We’re here, we’re naked and cutting funds for education is stupid,” the students were protesting roughly $90 million in proposed cuts.


Government releases opposition members

RANGOON — Burma’s military government has released 16 opposition party members who were arrested alongside pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi six months ago, an official said yesterday.

The members of Mrs. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy were freed Wednesday from Khamti prison in northern Burma, said Brig. Gen. Than Tun, a military intelligence officer.

Some 14 other opposition members remain behind bars at two other prisons, the general said. Mrs. Suu Kyi herself remains under house arrest.

The Nobel Peace laureate has said she will not accept freedom until all those detained with her are released.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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