- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 18, 2006

SWEDEN

Russian spy suspect to remain in custody

STOCKHOLM — A Russian man suspected of espionage against Sweden was remanded in custody for another two weeks by a Stockholm court Thursday, a day after Russia demanded his immediate release.

Andrei Zamyatnin, a 29-year-old research student at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, was arrested on Feb. 15 in Uppsala.

Swedish prosecutor Tomas Lindstrand said last month that Mr. Zamyatnin, who studied plants and plant viruses, had been spying on Sweden since January 2005 and that the espionage had harmed Sweden’s “overall defense.”

FRANCE

Man cremates frozen parents

RENNES — A Frenchman who kept his parents’ bodies in deep-freeze caskets for years in hope of one day bringing them back to life, said Thursday he had finally cremated them after the freezer system broke down.

Remy Martinot had been fighting a legal battle to keep his parents’ corpses frozen, in line with the wishes of his father, Raymond Martinot, a doctor and fan of cryogenic theory.

Remy Martinot’s father had kept wife Monique’s body frozen since she died in 1984 at age 49, and showed off her crypt to tourists for a fee. The father died in 2002, and Remy Martinot placed his body also in the freezer.

GERMANY

Hotel charges guests by their weight

BERLIN — A hotel in the northern German town of Norden, close to the Dutch border, has started charging its guests by their weight for an overnight stay.

Guests now have to step onto the scales before moving into their rooms and fork out 61 cents per kilogram, or 2.2 pounds.

Juergen Heckrodt, owner of the three-star hotel, said he hoped his initiative would inspire Germans to become leaner and healthier.

Weekly notes …

A British horror-film fan who wanted to be “Freddy Krueger [of ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’] for the day” was sentenced to life in prison Friday for the 2004 murders of four strangers during a rampage through southern England. Daniel Gonzalez, 25, likened the killings to murders in the film “Halloween.” … Police in Romania are investigating nine cases of Gypsy marriages involving children as young as 9 years old, which took place in the past few weeks in central Romania, officials said Thursday. The marriage of a 12-year-old Gypsy princess, Ana-Maria Cioaba, caused an outcry in Romania in October 2003. The government separated her from her 15-year-old husband after an investigation ruled that the marriage was illegal.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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