- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 3, 2006


Brother gets life for ‘honor killing’

ANKARA — A young Turkish man was sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday for killing his unmarried teenage sister to avenge the family honor after she became pregnant, Anatolia news agency reported.

The court in Gaziantep, southern Turkey, classified the murder as an “honor killing” and gave Selahattin Sezgin, 22, a life sentence, though he had argued that he killed his sister in a fit of anger during an argument, the report said.

Press reports said he shot his sister Meryem, 16, in the chest and head, in July after learning she had become pregnant after running away from home. The father of the siblings, who was suspected of instigating the murder, was acquitted.


U.N. envoys fault Israel, Hezbollah

GENEVA — Both Israel and Hezbollah were guilty of serious violations of international humanitarian law during the monthlong Lebanon war, four U.N. human rights envoys said yesterday.

Israel did not distinguish between military and civilian targets, failed to apply the principle of proportionality, and did not take all precautions to limit injury and damage to civilians during the July 12 to Aug. 14 conflict, they said.

Hezbollah guerrillas, whose seizing of two Israeli soldiers triggered the fighting, violated human rights law by firing Katyusha rockets loaded with lethal anti-personnel ball bearings at civilian areas in northern Israel, the investigators said in a report to the United Nations Human Rights Council.


Saddam’s verdict awaits more airing

BAGHDAD — The verdict in the first trial of Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity will not be issued as expected on Oct. 16, the chief prosecutor said yesterday.

The session on that date instead will hear more defense arguments, prosecutor Jaafar al-Mussawi announced. Saddam and seven co-defendants, including his half brother Barazan Ibrahim, are on trial for the killing of about 140 Shi’ites in the town of Dujail in 1982 after a failed assassination attempt against Saddam.

Court spokesman Raed al-Jouhi refused to say whether the trial would hear a verdict Oct. 16, but a senior court source said a verdict is expected to be announced no later than 10 days after the court review. Saddam, also on a trial for genocide against ethnic Kurds, faces death by hanging for his role in the 1982 killings.

Weekly notes …

Jordan recalled its ambassador from Qatar yesterday because of a diplomatic dispute over Doha’s support of the South Korean candidate rather than Amman’s to succeed U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Jordan’s state-run Petra news agency reported. A senior Jordanian official confirmed the report, but told Agence France-Presse there were additional reasons: “Qatar has made it difficult for Jordanians [in Qatar] to renew residency permits or to obtain visas, and is always acting against Arab positions.” … Retired literature professor Robert Faurisson was convicted of Holocaust denial by a Paris court yesterday involving remarks he made on Iranian television, and given a three-month suspended prison term. Mr. Faurisson, 77, known for his revisionist views, was fined the equivalent of $9,500. Speaking on the Sahar 1 satellite channel in February 2005, he said there “was never a single execution gas chamber under the Germans. … So all those millions of tourists who visit Auschwitz are seeing a lie, a falsification.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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