Russian wanted by U.S. sent home
ZURICH — Switzerland will extradite Russia’s former nuclear energy minister, Yevgeny Adamov, to his homeland, a Swiss court said yesterday in a ruling that irked the United States, which wants him to face fraud charges.
The decision by the Lausanne-based Federal Court upholds an appeal by Mr. Adamov against an earlier ruling by the Swiss Justice Department to extradite him to the United States.
Mr. Adamov was arrested while visiting Switzerland in May on a U.S. extradition request, under which he faces charges of embezzling $9 million that Washington sent to Moscow to help fund nuclear safety projects.
Berlusconi probed on graft charge
ROME — Milan prosecutors have placed Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi under investigation amid accusations that he bribed a lawyer to give false testimony in court cases against the leader, attorneys for both men said yesterday.
Mr. Berlusconi’s attorney denied the accusations, and charged that they were made public to damage the prime minister ahead of national elections in April.
Prosecutors have accused Mr. Berlusconi of ordering the payment of at least $600,000 to British lawyer David Mills in 1997 to persuade him to give false testimony in two of Mr. Berlusconi’s trials on bribery, false bookkeeping and other charges, the newspaper Corriere della Sera reported, citing court documents.
Evidence cited of counterfeiting
TOKYO — A former official at the U.S. National Security Council has indicated the likelihood of North Korea counterfeiting the U.S. dollar, the Japanese yen and Chinese yuan notes, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported today.
Michael Green, who retired as director for Asian affairs at the NSC earlier this month, said North Korea is purchasing in the international marketplace inks of the same colors as those for use in U.S. dollar notes as well as yen, yuan and euro bills.
Clarification sought on uranium proposal
TEHRAN — Iran said yesterday that it needs Moscow to clarify what it called “ambiguities” in a proposal that Iran enrich uranium in Russian territory.
Iran said it was considering the European- and U.S.-backed proposal, a relatively conciliatory stance after weeks of outright rejection of moving enrichment abroad.
The proposal aims to ensure that Iran cannot build nuclear weapons.
“The Russian proposal about Iran’s nuclear activities has problems and ambiguities that need to be clarified in further talks,” Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, told Igor Ivanov, the head of the Russian Security Council.
Artists withdraw offending images
VIENNA — Depictions of the U.S., French and British heads of state naked and engaged in a sexual act will be removed from hundreds of billboards across Vienna after causing a national uproar, the artists decided yesterday.
Besides two images showing nude models wearing masks of President Bush, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and French President Jacques Chirac, another work also will be yanked, the Austria Press Agency reported.
The work of Europart, an independent artists group, had embarrassed the government just days before the country assumes the European Union’s rotating presidency Sunday.
Serb convicted in videotaped killings
ZAGREB — An ethnic Serb seen killing Muslims in a nationally televised video was convicted of war crimes yesterday and sentenced to 15 years in prison, with the judge saying he had shown “no mercy or compassion” for his victims.
Serbian paramilitary member Slobodan Davidovic was seen in the video — shown by prosecutors at the trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic and then broadcast across the former Yugoslavia — helping kill six young Bosnian Muslims who had their hands tied behind their backs.
The images shocked Serbs, many of whom were in denial about the actions of Serb troops who overran the enclave of Srebrenica and killed 8,000 Muslim men and boys after separating them from the women.
From wire dispatches and staff reports