- The Washington Times - Monday, August 15, 2005


Serb rejects war crimes warrant

BUENOS AIRES — An accused Serbian war criminal captured in Argentina last week will fight an extradition request from Belgrade, Yugoslavia, to face a murder conviction, local court officials said Thursday.

Milan Lukic, accused in some of the worst massacres in the 1992-95 Bosnian war, had told an Argentine judge that he would surrender to a U.N. war crimes tribunal at The Hague that has indicted him on charges of crimes against humanity.

But he balked when the judge notified him Thursday of a separate extradition warrant from a Belgrade court. The U.N. charges against Mr. Lukic include beatings, mass executions and barricading groups of Bosnian women and children into houses that were later set on fire, and shooting anyone who tried to escape.


Drug users arrested in professor’s killing

SAO PAULO — Three suspects arrested in connection with the killing of a U.S. anthropology professor during a robbery were high on cocaine when one of them shot him, police said yesterday.

University of Vermont professor James Petersen, 51, was shot once in the chest Saturday at a restaurant in the Amazon rain forest town of Iranduba, about 14 miles west of the Amazonas state capital, Manaus, police said.

Police said Mr. Petersen did not resist and died as the suspects were fleeing the restaurant.

An 18-year-old man has confessed to firing the shot that killed Mr. Petersen. A 16-year-old and another man have been arrested in connection with the robbery, police said.


Border declaration called uncooperative

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s government Saturday deemed New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson’s border “state of emergency” declaration as uncooperative and marred by “generalizations.”

Mr. Richardson, a Democrat and potential candidate for president in 2008, issued the state of emergency Friday along his state’s border with the Mexican state of Chihuahua, citing “recent developments … including violence directed at law enforcement, damage to property and livestock, increased evidence of drug smuggling and an increase in the number of undocumented immigrants.”


Americans face visa denials

CARACAS — American citizens could be denied visas to visit Venezuela in response to a U.S. decision to revoke the visas of three Venezuelan military officers.

Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel said Venezuela adopted a harder line after the United States pulled the visas of three officers previously involved in anti-drug efforts with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

“The Venezuelan government … will proceed quickly, with responsibility, but firmly to reciprocate in the cases of U.S. citizens who travel to our country,” Mr. Rangel said at a press conference Friday.


Condo securityto be biometric

VANCOUVER — The latest luxury condominium project on Canada’s west coast will be the first residential building in the world to replace key door locks with biometric security, the developer said yesterday.

Instead of fumbling with keys, tenants will be able to scan their fingerprints to access their apartments in a high-rise building now under construction in the tony Yaletown neighborhood in downtown Vancouver.

“This technology is usually found in financial, government or high-security applications,” said developer James Schouw. “But, it has become cheaper, more reliable, and everyone lately is concerned about security.

“Now, you never have to worry about losing your keys,” he said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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