- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 16, 2005


6 sentenced in plot to bomb U.S. Embassy

PARIS — A French court sentenced a French-Algerian man to 10 years in prison yesterday for plotting a suicide attack on the U.S. Embassy in Paris and jailed five accomplices for one to nine years.

Djamel Beghal, 39, received the toughest term possible under French law as the ringleader of the foiled plot in 2001. Kamel Daoudi, 30, a computer specialist, received a nine-year sentence after being accused of running logistics and communications.

The six men, all of Algerian origin, are suspected of having links to al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, but denied the charges of criminal conspiracy designed to commit an act of terrorism.


Raid leaves 30 dead, thousands homeless

NAIROBI — At least 30 persons were killed and thousands forced to flee during a village raid by militiamen yesterday, police and aid workers said.

Police said most of the 22 villagers killed in the early morning attack on the remote El Golicha village outside Mandera on the Somali border were women and children. Eight militiamen also were killed.

The area has been the scene of fierce fighting between Somali clans, which locals say have been fueled by disputes over resources and politics.


4 convicted of rape released on bail

ISLAMABAD — Four of six men sentenced to death for raping a woman on orders from a village council were released on bail yesterday, pending an appeal of their case to Pakistan’s Supreme Court, attorneys and jail officials said.

The men walked out of a jail in Dera Ghazi Khan, 310 miles southwest of Islamabad, nearly three years after being convicted of raping Mukhtaran Mai, 33.

The release was ordered by a local judge a day after the Supreme Court agreed to hear the men’s appeal amid conflicting rulings from two lower courts.


$10 million paid for tip on Chechen

MOSCOW — Russia paid $10 million for information that helped it track down a Chechen rebel leader who was killed last week in a special forces operation, its security service said yesterday.

The Federal Security Service said it would offer the same reward for Shamil Basayev, the Chechen warlord who took responsibility for September’s school siege in southern Russia that killed 330 and who is seen as the most powerful rebel figure after the death of rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov.


Kosovar presidentescapes bomb attack

PRISTINA — Kosovar President Ibrahim Rugova survived an apparent attempt on his life yesterday when a bomb exploded as his convoy passed through central Pristina.

The bomb went off as Mr. Rugova was on his way to a meeting with the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Javier Solana. At least one person was injured.

Mr. Rugova, a pacifist leader, was elected as Kosovo’s president in 2002. He was re-elected in December lwhen his party formed a coalition with the much smaller Alliance for the Future of Kosovo of former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj.


Cannibal gets life for two slayings

LONDON — A self-confessed cannibal who killed three persons, dismembering one victim and eating part of his brain, was sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday.

Peter Bryan, 36, a paranoid schizophrenic, pleaded guilty at London’s Old Bailey court to two counts of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

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