- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Pinochet spy chiefs charged with murder
SANTIAGO Five top officers in ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet's secret police were arrested yesterday and charged with plotting the 1974 slaying of a dissident army general in a move hailed as "historic" by human rights groups.
The car-bomb killing of Gen. Carlos Prats, Gen. Pinochet's predecessor as army chief, and his wife, Sofia Cuthbert, in Buenos Aires, was the first assassination reportedly carried out by the dictatorship outside Chilean borders.
Chilean Judge Alejandro Solis told reporters he indicted retired Gen. Manual Contreras, head of the dreaded DINA secret police at the time; his second-in-command, Pedro Espinoza; and three other high-ranking spies on charges of masterminding the double homicide.

Foreign fish pollute imperial palace moat
TOKYO Workers in chest-high waders hauled bicycles, deflated tires and an electric fan from the moat at Japan's imperial palace yesterday, the start of a two-week cleanup aimed at ridding the waters of foreign fish.
The Environment Ministry plans to drain one 1,320-foot section of the stone-lined moat in Tokyo to kill bluegill and black bass, which are threatening to wipe out indigenous fish, ministry spokeswoman Motoyo Tsuneki said. The project is expected to cost about $20,000.

Parliament picked for new country
BELGRADE The creation of a parliament for the newly established state of Serbia and Montenegro moved a step closer yesterday with the election of its 126 deputies.
Serbia and Montenegro is a loose union of the two republics that once formed the rump Yugoslavia.
The Serbian parliament elected 91 representatives to the new central assembly and its counterpart in tiny Montenegro elected the remaining 35. Most seats in the new central parliament are held by the reformist ruling coalitions in the two republics led by Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic and Montenegran President Milo Djukanovic.

Pope will publish sixth poetry volume
VATICAN CITY "Roman Triptych," a sixth volume of poetry by Pope John Paul II, will be published next week in a Vatican ceremony, officials here said yesterday.
The pontiff's poetry, begun a year ago and undertaken alone, will be presented on March 6 by German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, and several poems will be read aloud by an actor, the Vatican said.
The 82-year-old head of the Roman Catholic Church is also a best-selling author, publishing numerous literary works including plays and poetry.

Former army chief indicted for war crimes
DILI The United Nations yesterday indicted the former Indonesian armed forces chief and seven others for crimes against humanity that it said were aimed at thwarting the country's bid for independence.
Indonesia vowed it would ignore arrest warrants for the eight, making it unlikely they will face justice in the East Timorese capital of Dili. Indonesia and East Timor have no extradition treaty, and Indonesia has ignored all such previous indictments.
Topping the list of indictments was ex-Indonesian armed forces commander Gen. Wiranto, who has been accused of having ultimate responsibility for violence that swept East Timor ahead of its 1999 independence vote. Gen. Wiranto, like the others, remains free and has been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2004.

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