- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 15, 2003

IRAN
Death sentence on professor revoked
TEHRAN Iran's Supreme Court lifted the death sentence ordered in the case of a university professor whose sentencing provoked nationwide demonstrations.
Hashem Aghajari, a history professor at Tehran's Teachers Training University, had been condemned to death for insulting Islam and questioning clerical rule during a speech in June.
Ayatollah Mohammed Sajjadi, one of the judges who heard the appeal in the Supreme Court in Qom, told the Associated Press that three out of four justices voted to revoke the death sentence.

CANADA
2 Pakistanis held on Rainbow Bridge
NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario Two men with Pakistani passports were detained at the Canadian border yesterday after leaving the United States with what authorities said might be bomb-making materials. Cpl. Michele Paradis of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the two walked separately into Canada across the Rainbow Bridge from Niagara Falls, N.Y. They were being questioned by a U.S.-Canadian border-enforcement team.

BRITAIN
Six arrested in airport security sweep
LONDON British police said yesterday they have arrested six persons during a major anti-terror security operation at airports around the country.
Four men were held in west London directly under the flight path of Britain's busiest airport, Heathrow, while two others were arrested Thursday near the perimeter fence of Leeds Bradford Airport in northern England.
Heathrow has been ringed by police and troops for the past four days amid intelligence-led fears that al Qaeda extremists may target the capital. Part of a terminal was evacuated and later reopened yesterday after the discovery of a suspicious package.

THAILAND
Court orders extradition of American
BANGKOK A Thai court yesterday approved the extradition a Florida millionaire wanted in the United States in connection with the 1987 killing of his socialite wife. James Vincent Sullivan, 61, is accused of paying another man $25,000 to kill Lita McClinton Sullivan to avoid losing property in a divorce. She was killed Jan. 16, 1987, at her Atlanta home by a man posing as a flower-delivery man. Mr. Sullivan was arrested in Thailand after surveillance of his condominium in Chaam, 100 miles south of Bangkok.

ZIMBABWE
Activist seeks warrant for Mugabe arrest
LONDON A British human rights campaigner announced plans yesterday to take out a French warrant for the arrest of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who is to attend a summit in the French capital next week.
In a statement to Agence France-Presse, Peter Tatchell said he would seek the warrant Monday from a Paris magistrates court, in time for Mr. Mugabe's expected arrival for the Franco-African summit that starts Wednesday.
The European Union is expected shortly to renew sanctions against Zimbabwe's leadership.

NETHERLANDS
Tribunal indicts Serb nationalist
THE HAGUE The U.N. war-crimes tribunal yesterday indicted Serbian ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj, a key ally of former President Slobodan Milosevic, for suspected war crimes in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Mr. Seselj said he would go on his own before the tribunal.
The indictment charges Mr. Seselj, 48, with eight counts of crimes against humanity and six counts of violations of the laws or customs of war.

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