NATO arrests man accused of Bosnian atrocities ISEGRAD...

Foreign Digest

January 26, 2000

NATO arrests man accused of Bosnian atrocities

ISEGRAD, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- NATO peacekeepers arrested a war crimes suspect yesterday under a United Nations tribunal indictment charging him with "extermination" of Muslim men, women and children and other atrocities.

Visegrad Police Chief Vuceta Sipcic identified the arrested man as Mitar Vasiljevic, 45. His alleged crimes were committed between May 1992 and October 1994 as a member of the paramilitary unit "White Eagles" operating in the municipality of Visegrad and the surrounding area.

A NATO statement said Vasiljevic was being processed for transfer to the war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. It gave no details of where the arrest took place or which troops took him into custody.

Bogota man convicted in shooting of drug agent

BOGOTA, Colombia -- A judge convicted a Bogota man of shooting to death a U.S. drug agent after a November 1998 barroom argument and sentenced him to 30 years in prison, the man's attorney said yesterday.

Jorge Figueroa, 25, also was convicted in the death of a 20-year-old bystander and ordered to pay $45,000 to the survivors of both men, said his lawyer, Jaime Rodriguez. He said a Bogota judge returned the conviction and sentence on Monday.

The Drug Enforcement Administration agent, 37-year-old Frank Moreno of Edinburg, Texas, was killed after he had argued with Figueroa in a discotheque. U.S. officials said Moreno's death was unrelated to his job.

Congo peacekeeper plan advances at United Nations

UNITED NATIONS -- Security Council members began drafting a resolution yesterday that could send U.N. troops to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. African leaders insist the troops are necessary to restore peace.

Seven presidents and three foreign ministers from African countries pledged at an exceptional Security Council meeting Monday to bolster a faltering cease-fire but insisted it would fail without peacekeepers to help enforce it.

Secretary-General Kofi Annan proposed 500 military observers and some 5,000 troops as a possible forerunner to an even larger U.N. force.

Japanese hackers link government sites to Playboy

TOKYO -- Computer hackers penetrated Japanese government Web sites for the first time, officials said yesterday.

In the first incident, the Science and Technology Agency discovered Monday that its home page had been linked to the Web site for Playboy magazine.

Computer systems at Japan's Management and Coordination Agency also were raided on Monday. Derogatory messages criticized the Japanese government's position on the 1937 Nanjing Massacre in China. The government refused to stop a conference Sunday by ultra-rightists who claim the massacre never occurred.

Strike at Mexico campus hits another stalemate

MEXICO CITY -- Wading into a sea of protesters, the head of Latin America's largest university confronted hard-line strike leaders yesterday and told them he won't negotiate until they reopen the barricaded campus.

Juan Ramon de la Fuente, the rector of the National Autonomous University, had planned to present the striking students with the results of last week's university-wide vote which overwhelmingly approved initiatives to end the 9-month-old strike.

Strikers reiterated that they would welcome dialogue -- but not on campus.

Former Tehran mayor gets government pardon

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's supreme leader has pardoned the popular, reform-minded former mayor of Tehran after seven months in prison -- a move seen as part of an effort by hard-liners to project a more moderate image ahead of parliamentary elections.

Gholamhossein Karbaschi was imprisoned on corruption charges he denied and sentenced to two years in prison. He plans to launch a daily newspaper.

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