- The Washington Times - Friday, July 15, 2005


Radical Muslims could be deported

MADRID — French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said yesterday he would call for the deportation from France of any Muslim clergymen who call for murder.

“I shall ask for the systematic expulsion of the imams present in France whose sermons are radical,” he said in Madrid after a meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

“The [French] republic is not a weak regime, and it does not have to accept speech which on the pretext that it is happening in a place of worship calls for hate and murder,” Mr. Sarkozy said.


Italian bishop killed in shooting attack

NAIROBI — An Italian Roman Catholic bishop was killed in an overnight attack in central Kenya, police and church officials said yesterday.

Bishop Luigi Locati of the Isiolo diocese, about 120 miles north of Nairobi, was shot in the head and neck late Thursday and died shortly before he was airlifted out, said Robert Kipkemoi Kitur, the assistant commissioner of police in Kenya’s Eastern Province.

Police said in a statement that the bishop, who came to Kenya in 1962, was attacked by six armed men.


Groups accuse U.N. of killing civilians

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Opposition groups and residents of two Port-au-Prince slums say dozens of innocent people were killed during anti-gang raids by U.N. troops and Haitian police last week. U.N. and police officials denied the accusations.

The Lawyers Committee for Individual Rights (CARLI), seen as one of the most independent rights groups operating in Haiti, said U.N. peacekeepers and Haitian police killed unarmed residents in the slums of Bel Air and Cite Soleil, strongholds of supporters of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.


Police capture cocaine trafficker

BOGOTA — Colombian police have captured fugitive cocaine trafficker Jose Aldemar Rendon, who was recognized while jogging in Medellin despite plastic surgery to conceal his identity, officials said yesterday.

Mr. Rendon, one of the U.S.’ eight most-wanted drug traffickers with a $5 million reward on his head, is believed to have smuggled 500 tons of cocaine to New York through Mexico since 1990.

Known by the nickname Mechas, Mr. Rendon is wanted in New York for narcotics trafficking, conspiracy and money laundering.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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