- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 23, 2003


Photojournalist buried; Canada to recall envoy

TEHRAN — A Canadian journalist who died in custody in Tehran was buried yesterday in Iran against the wishes of her son and of the Canadian government, which said it would pull its ambassador out of Iran and consider further sanctions.

Zahra Kazemi, 54, a photojournalist of Iranian descent, died on July 10, more than two weeks after she was arrested for taking pictures outside a prison in Tehran. A government inquiry said she had died of a brain hemorrhage caused by a severe blow to the head.

Canada — which insists the body be returned to Mrs. Kazemi’s home city of Montreal — condemned the burial and said Ambassador Philip MacKinnon was being recalled. The Iranian Foreign Ministry called Canada’s behavior “unjustifiable.”


Ousted president back as deal ends coup

SAO TOME — The president of Sao Tome and Principe returned to this West African island nation yesterday under a deal giving amnesty to the military forces who ousted him last week.

Fradique de Menezes was accompanied by Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, whose country has an arrangement to share huge offshore oil reserves with Sao Tome.

The deal calls for the formation of a new government with Mr. De Menezes remaining president. Coup leader Maj. Fernando Pereira called the deal “a big step for the resolution of this crisis,” saying “the national parliament has been restored.”


Hong Kong to revive subversion-law debate

HONG KONG — Hong Kong plans to reopen in September public consultations on a challenged antisubversion law that has triggered the territory’s worst political crisis in years.

But the government stopped short of meeting demands from pro-democracy groups to scrap the original bill and start public discussion from scratch.


Vatican-linked banker was killed, probe finds

ROME — Prosecutors investigating the apparent 1982 suicide of Roberto Calvi, the Vatican-connected financier implicated in Italy’s biggest postwar banking scandal, have concluded he was slain, reports said yesterday.

Four suspects in the case, including a suspected Mafioso, have been notified of the conclusions but have not been indicted, the ANSA news agency reported. RAI state television said prosecutors believe the Mafia killed Mr. Calvi because he lost their money and knew too much about their operations.

Mr. Calvi’s body was found hanging under a London bridge in 1982 within days of the collapse of Banco Ambrosiano, of which he was president and in which the Vatican’s bank held a significant stake.


Bill sent to parliament to scrap war-crimes law

BRUSSELS — Belgium’s Cabinet sent a bill to Parliament yesterday to scrap a war-crimes law under which cases were brought against President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Scrapping the law would be one of the first acts of his nearly 2-week-old government, Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt said earlier this month.

The government said it hoped the bill, aimed at preventing abuses of the law, would be passed before Parliament goes into recess, probably sometime next week.


Young Germans see U.S. behind 9/11

BERLIN — One-third of Germans under age 30 believe the U.S. government may have sponsored the September 11, 2001, attacks, according to a poll published yesterday.

And about 20 percent of Germans in all age groups hold this view, according to a survey of 1,000 people conducted for the weekly Die Zeit.

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