- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 2, 2004

MALAYSIA

Former official freed on appeal

PUTRAJAYA — Former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim today won his final appeal against a conviction for sodomy and was set free from jail.

The surprise decision was handed down by the country’s highest court, the Federal Court.

SUDAN

U.N. report seeks increase in monitors

NEW YORK — A U.N. report yesterday called for a quick increase in the international monitoring force in Sudan’s western region of Darfur, saying the government has not stopped attacks against civilians or disarmed marauding militias.

On July 30, the council gave the government 30 days to demonstrate that it was taking action to curb Arab militias accused of attacking, raping and killing thousands of black villagers in Darfur, and improve security and humanitarian access. It threatened punitive economic and diplomatic measures if Khartoum didn’t move quickly.

NORTH KOREA

Jenkins plans to surrender to U.S.

TOKYO — Accused U.S. Army deserter Charles Robert Jenkins said yesterday he would surrender to U.S. military authorities to face charges he deserted his post along the demilitarized zone dividing North and South Korea in the 1960s.

Separately, in an interview published in the Hong Kong-based magazine Far Eastern Economic Review, Mr. Jenkins was quoted as saying he detested the North Korean government and tried to escape shortly after he arrived.

BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

Ex-official sentencedin war-crimes trial

THE HAGUE — Former Bosnian-Serb Deputy Prime Minister Radoslav Brdjanin was sentenced to 32 years in prison by The Hague war crimes tribunal yesterday for his role in ethnic cleansing during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

Brdjanin, 56, who was a prominent member of the Serbian Democratic Party of Bosnia and Herzegovina (SDS), was convicted of backing killings, torture and persecution of Bosnian Croats and Muslims in 1992 but cleared of the gravest charges against him of genocide and complicity in genocide.

PAKISTAN

Musharraf swears in expanded government

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf swore in an expanded 32-member Cabinet headed by new Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz yesterday.

The Cabinet included all 20 members of the previous Cabinet and 12 new full ministers.

Officials said Mr. Aziz, credited with turning around Pakistan’s economic fortunes in the past five years, would retain the finance portfolio. Foreign affairs would stay in the hands of Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri, who has led peace talks with nuclear-armed rival India.

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