- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 8, 2005


Reporter posts bail on incitement

CAIRO — Egypt’s state security prosecutor yesterday ordered the release of a journalist detained for anti-regime activities after he posted bail equivalent to $170, judicial sources said.

Ibrahim al-Sahari, a reporter with the financial daily Al-Alam Al-Youm, was arrested during last week’s Cairo International Book Fair during unprecedented protests against President Hosni Mubarak. Mr. al-Sahari was accused of inciting the public, assaulting a police officer and possessing anti-establishment leaflets.


Turks to release 8 in slayings

NICOSIA — Turkish-Cypriot judicial authorities said yesterday they would release eight suspects held in the slayings of a fugitive banker, his wife and daughter, citing insufficient evidence to charge them.

The chief prosecutor of the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Akin Sait, told the local TAK news agency that the decision stemmed from lack of cooperation by authorities in the internationally recognized Greek-Cypriot south of the island, where the slayings were committed last month.

The material Turkish-Cypriot authorities possess in connection with the case is not sufficient to press charges, Mr. Sait said.


40 arrested trying to sneak into Europe

ALGIERS — Gendarmerie police in Algeria have arrested 40 persons, mainly Asians and some Africans, without papers and seeking to get to Europe as clandestine immigrants, the National Gendarmerie said yesterday.

The 15 Indians and 18 Bangladeshis were arrested Saturday in the Adrar region of the Sahara Desert, 930 miles south of here, hoping to be smuggled to Europe, police said.

Weekly notes

Absheet Juntkam, a Thai man convicted of drug trafficking, was beheaded in Jidda yesterday, the Saudi Interior Ministry announced. On Monday, the ministry said a Saudi woman, Noura bint Khalaf bin Suleiman al-Harbi, had been beheaded for murdering her mother-in-law. The executions bring to 14 the number of beheadings announced by Saudi authorities this year; 35 were beheaded in Saudi Arabia in 2004, according to a tally of official statements. … Japan will provide Turkey with loans worth more than $941 million to build an 8.7-mile undersea rail tunnel across the Bosporus. The tunnel, the construction cost of which is estimated at more than $2.86 billion, is scheduled to be completed in 2009, and a deal will be signed formally with Turkey as early as next month, Asahi Shimbun reported yesterday.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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