- The Washington Times - Friday, September 10, 2004


Accused deserter surrenders to U.S.

CAMP ZAMA — Accused U.S. Army deserter Charles Jenkins surrendered at a U.S. military base near Tokyo today to face charges that he left his Army unit in 1965 and defected to North Korea.

Mr. Jenkins, 64, turned himself in at the U.S. Army’s Camp Zama accompanied by his Japanese wife

“He’ll be treated with dignity and fairness, and he’s innocent until proven guilty,” said Army spokesman Maj. John Amberg.

Mr. Jenkins is charged with defecting to the North, where he lived for 39 years, and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted. While in the reclusive communist state, he made propaganda broadcasts and played demonized Americans in anti-U.S. films.


Al Qaeda leader reported killed in Iraq

ANKARA — Turkish television yesterday broadcast a video from militants saying the suspected leader of a Turkish al Qaeda cell blamed for suicide bombings in Istanbul was killed by U.S. air strikes in Iraq.

The video showed a body of a bearded man with a bloody face said to be that of Habib Akdas. A man, apparently a Turkish militant, was heard in the video saying Akdas was killed in a bombing raid this week in Iraq’s Anbar province.

Akdas is suspected of leading the al Qaeda cell that carried out suicide attacks in November against two synagogues, a London-based bank and the British Consulate.


Hurricane rips off roof of prison

ST. GEORGE’S — Scores of inmates climbed out of Grenada’s crumbling 17th-century Richmond Hill Prison when howling winds tore away the roof and parts of the walls. But former Deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard stayed put, along with 15 others convicted of killings in the 1983 palace coup that led the United States to invade.

“I’m only leaving here when my name is cleared and I get a court order,” Coard told the Associated Press yesterday. He and other former politicians and soldiers are awaiting appeals before the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal and Britain’s Privy Council, saying their life sentences were improperly imposed after the coup.

About 150 of the prison’s 325 inmates fled after the storm, the acting superintendent said. Many have since returned, though as many as 75 remain at large.


30 preachers held for anti-U.S. sermons

AMMAN — Jordan’s moderate Muslim Brotherhood said yesterday the authorities had arrested about 30 Muslim clerics whose sermons attacked U.S. policies.

Abdul Majeed Thunaibat, the head of the powerful group, said two members of the Brotherhood’s political leadership, Ahmed Kafaween and Ahmed al-Zarqan, were among those detained in overnight raids on homes of mosque preachers and clerics.

Interior Ministry officials have said the government would not tolerate Muslim preachers whose sermons incite violence.


Computer virus writer hides job ad in worm

LONDON — Times must be getting tough for computer virus writers.

Technicians at British anti-virus firm Sophos PLC said yesterday they discovered a plea for work inserted deep in the lines of code for two new computer worm outbreaks, “MyDoom-U” and “MyDoom-V.”

“We searching 4 work in AV [anti-virus] industry,” read the message. Because it was inserted in the code, the message was only visible to anti-virus professionals.

The anti-virus community was not impressed.

“There is no way that anybody in the anti-virus industry would touch them with a barge pole,” said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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