- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 14, 2004


Rights panel seeks end of emergency laws

CAIRO — A state-sponsored human rights council will recommend that the government lift emergency laws in place for more than two decades in its annual report in February, the council’s vice president said yesterday.

The laws, implemented after Islamist militants assassinated President Anwar Sadat in 1981, allow the state to detain people without charge and try civilians in military courts.

The government says it uses the laws to fight terrorism and drug trafficking, but human rights activists have long demanded abolition of the laws, which they say curtail political activity.


Critics of monarchy seized by police

RIYADH — Saudi security forces detained a cousin of one of three political reformists on trial for demanding a constitutional monarchy, a family member told Agence France-Presse yesterday.

“Mohana al-Faleh was led away by security forces from outside his house in the town of Sakaka” in al-Jawf late Sunday, the relative said. He said police searched Mr. al-Faleh’s house Monday and confiscated a personal computer.


Hard-liners seek to succeed Khatami

TEHRAN — A top adviser of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said yesterday he will run for president in elections next year, a vote analysts expect will consolidate the grip of conservatives on power.

Former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati joined former Revolutionary Guard chief Mohsen Rezai as the first two candidates to announce they will seek to replace reformist President Mohammed Khatami when his second term expires in mid-2005.

Weekly notes

France-based Eutelsat has been ordered to stop broadcasting an Arabic television network because of anti-Jewish comments, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported yesterday. The court gave Eutelsat 48 hours to stop transmitting Lebanese station Al Manar, saying it had shown itself incapable of conforming to French law against incitement to racial hatred. Al Manar, backed by Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement, still can be picked up in France from at least two non-French satellites, over which the court lacks jurisdiction. … Police in Kenya are holding an Algerian-born Muslim preacher on suspicion of having links with terrorist groups, an Islamic leader said yesterday. Ustadh Ahmed Mohammed Haji, 50, a teacher at Twahid Islamic Center in the Kwale district, was arrested December 7, Sheik Mohammed Dor, secretary-general of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya, told Agence France-Presse.



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