- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 7, 2003

CANADA

Canadian claims torture in Saudi jail

OTTAWA — A Canadian man who spent more than 2 years in a Saudi jail under the threat of execution had been tortured repeatedly by his jailers, he said in an article published yesterday.

William Sampson was arrested in December 2000 and accused of involvement in a fatal Riyadh bombing.

He and six other Westerners accused of similar crimes eventually were released last month after they were granted royal clemency.

Mr. Sampson, writing in the National Post newspaper, said that he had been chained, punched, kicked, hung upside down from a metal bar and beaten with a bamboo cane on the soles of his feet.

“I was tortured until I confessed to crimes I did not commit,” he wrote.

COLOMBIA

Troops storm Marxist camp

BOGOTA — Colombian troops backed by helicopters stormed a Marxist rebel camp in the country’s northeast, killing 16 guerrillas, the army commander said yesterday.

Troops, following orders to crack down on Colombia’s confusing array of illegal armed groups, also gunned down six paramilitary militiamen in Santander province, Gen. Carlos Alberto Ospina said on local television.

Troops overran a camp used by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia — a Marxist rebel army known as FARC — in Chita, Boyaca province, about 200 miles northeast of Colombia’s Andean mountain capital, Bogota.

LIBERIA

Government halts interior deployment

MONROVIA — Liberia’s government halted plans to deploy West African peacekeepers to the war-wracked country’s unruly interior yesterday, saying more time was needed to pull back fighters loyal to ousted President Charles Taylor.

The Nigerian-led force, already protecting the capital Monrovia, had planned to move into central Liberia after reported rebel attacks this week drove tens of thousands of people from homes and refugee camps.

Peacekeepers clearly were frustrated by the obstacle to a deployment that previously had been delayed by a lack of troops and given added urgency by the reported clashes involving Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) rebels.

KASHMIR

At least seven die in car bombing

SRINAGAR — A car bomb aimed at an army convoy killed at least seven persons and wounded 37 at a fruit market in Kashmir, where a surge of recent violence is threatening peace moves between India and Pakistan.

The pro-Pakistan Hizbul Mujahideen group claimed responsibility for the blast.

Police said a senior army officer and five soldiers were among the wounded in the explosion in Kashmir’s main city, Srinagar.

They said an army convoy, which was passing through on the highway near the market, was the target of the blast.

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