- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 22, 2003

BURMA
Suu Kyi sentenced in family dispute
RANGOON A court sentenced opposition leader and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to a week in jail yesterday for an offense stemming from a family dispute, but suspended the punishment and let her go home.
Mrs. Suu Kyi was convicted of unlawful restraint for barring her cousin, Soe Aung, from the family compound in the capital, Rangoon. The offense was punishable by an $83 fine or a week in jail.
Mrs. Suu Kyi sued her cousin in May for purportedly punching her in the face during a dispute over changes the cousin made to the property while the opposition leader was serving 19 months of house arrest, party officials said. She was released from house arrest last May.
The same court yesterday ruled in Mrs. Suu Kyi's favor in the dispute over the assault and fined the cousin $166, a government statement said.

INDIA
Clinton cancels trip over security fears
NEW DELHI Former President Bill Clinton has canceled a forthcoming trip to India at the request of the U.S. Secret Service because of "serious security concerns," reports said yesterday.
Mr. Clinton was to address an international forum organized by India Today weekly magazine on March 1.
When Mr. Clinton was president, he came on an official visit in March 2000. He visited again on an unofficial trip in April 2001.

SRI LANKA
Marxists, Buddhists protest Tamil gains
COLOMBO Sri Lankan police fired tear gas into a Marxist protest march here Thursday after some 10,000 demonstrators opposed to government concessions to Tamil rebels tried to break through police lines.
The supporters of the Sinhala nationalist People's Liberation Front, or JVP, a party founded by former Marxist rebels, tried to march on the official residence of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The JVP argues he has conceded too much in peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels to end a 19-year ethnic war.

Weekly notes …
Saparmurat Niyazov, the president for life of Turkmenistan, was hailed as a prophet of God by his ministers on Wednesday to mark his 63rd birthday. "Turkmenbashi" Father of the Turkmens, as he likes to be called may run afoul of his children, mainly Muslims who believe Muhammad is the last prophet and may feel the new designation is heretical. … Afghanistan Defense Minister Mohammad Qasim Fahim, criticized for favoring fellow Tajiks from the Panjsher Valley, says he has reshuffled his ministry to make it more balanced. Mr. Fahim told reporters he had appointed 16 new officials from other ethnic groups to ministry posts, including a Pashtun as one of four defense vice ministers. Pashtuns, the largest ethnic group and traditional rulers of Afghanistan, feel left out of the government chosen after U.S.-led forces drove the Taliban from power.


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