- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 31, 2006


Sadat nephew jailed for insult

CAIRO — A military court sentenced opposition lawmaker Talaat Sadat, a nephew of the late President Anwar Sadat, to a year in jail yesterday for insulting the armed forces, his spokesman said.

The lawmaker, who also was convicted of spreading disinformation, was taken into custody immediately after the verdict was announced, his brother Mohammed-Anwar Sadat said. He was also fined the equivalent of $35.

The Ahrar (Liberals) party lawmaker caused an uproar when he said the 1981 assassination of Mr. Sadat was an international conspiracy in which senior Egyptian military officials were involved. An Islamic militant fatally shot Mr. Sadat as he watched a military parade. The gunman was tried and executed.


Algeria rejects autonomy ‘mirage’

MADRID — Algerian Foreign Minister Mohamed Bedjaoui said yesterday that Morocco’s proposal for autonomy in the Western Sahara was a “mirage.”

“For the moment, the plan is a mirage” and the sole solution to resolve the conflict remains a referendum on Sahrawi self-determination as sought by the United Nations, the minister told reporters in Madrid after meeting his Spanish counterpart Miguel Angel Moratinos, who refused to comment because the plan has not been officially announced.

Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony, was annexed by Morocco in 1975. The separatist Polisario Front has rejected the Moroccan proposal and demands self-determination.


Custody extended on five Muslims

COPENHAGEN — A court extended the custody of five young Danish Muslim men held since September on suspicion of planning terrorist acts, judicial sources said.

The men were among a group of nine — all 18 to 33 years old — arrested after a Sept. 5 police raid in an Odense neighborhood with a large immigrant population after a lengthy period of surveillance.

Two were released shortly after their arrest and two others were freed Friday. According to the men released last week, a Danish man had attempted to infiltrate their group. The man said he had converted to Islam while a soldier in Bosnia and wanted the group to discuss holy war and terrorist attacks. He attended their local mosque for six months before disappearing shortly before their arrest.

Weekly notes …

Israeli warplanes staged mock raids over Hezbollah strongholds in south Beirut yesterday in the heaviest show of air power over Lebanon since an August cease-fire ended heavy fighting between Israel and the guerrillas. The warplanes swooped low over the southern suburbs at least six times before roaring back into the sky. … Barakat bin Saadun bin Raja al-Utaibi, a Saudi man convicted of murdering a compatriot, and Nigerian Amina Ammuri Mohammed, caught smuggling cocaine into the country in her stomach, were beheaded by sword yesterday, Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry announced.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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