- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 3, 2003


U.S. revokes visa of general

GUATEMALA CITY — The United States revoked the visa of Guatemala’s former head of the joint chiefs of staff for his reported involvement in the 1990 murder of anthropologist Myrna Mack, the victim’s sister said yesterday.

Guatemalan courts had absolved the general from charges in May.

The visa was revoked “not only for his participation in human rights violations but also because there is information that he may be involved with organized crime,” said Hellen Mack, a humanitarian activist.

Washington already had revoked the visas of a dozen other Guatemalans, including former military staff, businessmen, former ministers and officials of the ruling Guatemalan Republican Front (FRG).


Body of warlord arrives for burial

FREETOWN — The body of former rebel warlord Sam Bockarie has been handed over to the Sierra Leone government for burial, the U.N.-backed Special Court in Sierra Leone said yesterday.

Government pathologists said Mr. Bockari had died of a hemorrhage caused by gunshot wounds.

Mr. Bockarie was a leading member of Sierra Leone’s Revolutionary United Front (RUF). Many in Sierra Leone said it was Mr. Bockarie who pushed for amputations of civilians to be carried out in order to spread terror during the 10-year civil war in the country.


Inquiry of abuse in child care suspended

DUBLIN — A major inquiry into decades of reported physical and sexual abuse at child care institutions run by the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland has suspended its investigations, and its chairman is to resign in the wake of a government decision to streamline its work.

Groups representing abuse victims criticized the developments yesterday, describing the situation as “devastating” and a “scandal.”

A statement from the commission said its investigation committee had decided for “legal, practical and financial reasons” to suspend gathering evidence as it seemed clear that the Irish government planned significant changes to its terms of reference.


Bishop’s home raided in search for Karadzic

BANJA LUKA — Bosnian-Serb police raided the home of an Orthodox bishop looking for top war-crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic yesterday, but failed to find him, a senior police officer said.

Mr. Karadzic and his wartime military commander Ratko Mladic, two of the world’s most wanted men, were indicted twice by the U.N. war-crimes court for genocide for their roles in Bosnia’s 1992-95 war in which 200,000 people, mostly Muslims, died.

Western officials suspected Orthodox priests in Bosnia, and Serbia and Montenegro were sheltering Mr. Karadzic in monasteries.


Work set for museum honoring ties with U.S.

PARIS — The French culture ministry and the American Friends of Blerancourt Inc. set aside tensions yesterday and signed an agreement to extend and renovate a museum dedicated to more than 200 years of mutual Franco-U.S. friendship.

The deal provides for $4.7 million of work to renovate and extend the National Museum of Franco-American Cooperation housed since 1931 in the 17th-century Chateau de Blerancourt in northern France.

The museum has a collection of art and sculptures highlighting the ties between France and the United States since the 18th century.

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