- The Washington Times - Monday, June 27, 2005


Judge orders release of Dutch official, DJ

ORANJESTAD — Police freed the father of a Dutch suspect arrested in the disappearance of an Alabama teenager, the man’s wife said, hours after a party boat disc jockey held in the case was ordered released.

No immediate comment was available from officials about the release of Paul van der Sloot, 52, a justice official who is studying to be a judge on the Dutch Caribbean island.

Earlier yesterday, a judge also ordered police to release Steven Gregory Croes, the party-boat disc jockey held in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, 18, who was last seen May 30.

No one has been charged in the case, including the last person reportedly seen with her, 17-year-old Joran van der Sloot. He is still jailed along with his friends, Surinamese brothers Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and Satish Kalpoe, 18.


Labor Party brawl delays leadership vote

JERUSALEM — The Labor Party delayed a ballot for a new leader after a brawl erupted among party members at a meeting yesterday.

A debate about irregularities in signing up party members ahead of the ballot, originally set for June 28, was cut short when scuffles erupted among party members and leaders engaged in a shouting match.

Communications Minister Dalia Itzik was escorted out of the meeting by her bodyguards after something hit her in the leg, the Ynet News Web site reported.


Anti-Mubarak protest leads to scuffles

CAIRO — Scuffles broke out between protesters and riot police yesterday when about 100 people staged a demonstration against President Hosni Mubarak and accused security forces of torture, witnesses said.

Protester Safa el-Mewelly said the police, who numbered several hundred, had struck him with batons. But the authorities did not break up the latest in a series of rare street protests against the government.


U.N. envoy arrives to view demolitions

HARARE — A special envoy of U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived in Zimbabwe on an assessment trip yesterday to look at President Robert Mugabe’s crackdown on illegal shantytowns.

Anna Tibaijuka, the executive director of UN-Habitat, will spend several days observing the results of “Operation Restore Order,” a cleanup campaign that has demolished tens of thousands of homes and shops.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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