WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7,2006 iMTJMUniOittl THE HAYS DAILY NEWS A9 In effort to cool tensions, Iraqi government frees nearly 600 prisoners By PATRICK QUINN lice uniforms and the shooting deaths The government said 2,000 detainees, By PATRICK QUINN ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD, Iraq — Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki released nearly 600 detainees today, making good on a pledge Intended to ease feuding between Sunni Arabs and Shiites. The detainees were the first of 2,000 prisoners whom al-Maliki promised would be freed from Iraq's most notorious prisons in an apparent effort to ease anger among minority Sunnis over allegations of arbitrary detentions and mistreatment of prisoners. Sectarian tensions surged with Monday's abductions of 50 people in downtown Baghdad by gunmen wearing po- lice uniforms and the shooting deaths of 21 Shiites north of the capital, including students pulled from their minivans. Police said today that 15 of the kidnapped people had been released, some with signs of torture, but provided no details on their identities. Al-Maliki, a Shllte who took office two weeks ago, has made security and reconciliation among Sunnis and Shiites a priority of his government. He has stressed, however that the detainee release plan excludes loyalists of ousted leader Saddam Hussein and his Sunni- dominated Baath Party, as well as "terrorists whose hands are stained with the blood of the Iraqi people." The government said 2,000 detainees, whose cases have been reviewed, will be released in the coming days in batches of about 500. The first 594 were released today from U.S.- and Iraqi-run prisons around Iraq, including Abu Ghraib. Released inmates dropped off at a bus station in Baghdad, kissed the ground and sat down and cheered. One man used crutches for support. "I was arrested from my home on Dec. 19,2004, so I was accused of kidnapping people working for Iraqna mobile company," said one released prisoner, Mohammed Jassim. Al-Maliki said Tuesday 2,500 would be released, but changed that number to 2,000 today. SMMJK'S ummft unrs AMERICANS IN ran emnn if CURT BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -r The court trying former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is not purely Iraqi but controlled by Americans who arrange meetings between the defense team and defendants and give orders to the judge, a defense lawyer claimed Tuesday Bushra al-Khalil, a Lebanese lawyer who was thrown out of the courtroom by chief judge Raouf Abdel-Rahman last month, said she believed "a team of American jurists take part hi the trial and attend all sessions from a room where they can see but not be seen." During A news conference in Beirut, she charged that the team "directs the court's judge and gives orders," by passing notes to security guards to give to the judge. A US. official close to the court said Americans advise the court but do not control its decisions. Court spokesman Raed Juhi said al-Khalll's statements are baseless because "the court is 100 percent Iraqi. The court's decisions are Iraqi, and no one can influence those decisions." Goal: Kill prime minister Terrorism suspects had plans, prosecutors say BRAMPTON, Ontario (AP) — Prosecutors have accused some of the 17 Muslim terror suspects arrested in Canada of plotting to storm Parliament, take hostages and behead the prime minister unless Canada withdrew its troops from Afghanistan, an attorney for one of the suspects said. Authorities further allege that the suspect, Steven Vikash Chand, planned to take over media outlets, including Canadian Broadcasting Corp., his attorney said Tuesday after a brief hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice outside Toronto. Specifics of the charges against the other suspects were not released, but Chand's lawyer, Gary Batasar, asked that the allegations against his client be read in court. He told The Associated Press later that others face similar accusations, but did not say who or how many An eight-page prosecution document summarizing the charges against all the suspects was not read in open court or distributed to the media, making it difficult to assess the sophistication of the alleged plot or its progress. The 17 have also been accused of plotting bomb- . . • . :'<• ~t>* Vl}^'V< ings. - -;•- :-'— The purported plot to take political leaders hostage and behead them if Muslim prison- NATHAN DENETTE/Associated Press Family members and friends are swarmed by the media Tuesday while leaving the courthouse after attending a hearing of the accused suspects in the terrorist plot case in Brampton, Ontario. ers were not freed and Canada did not pull its 2,300 troops out of Afghanistan added a chilling dimension to a case that led U.S. authorities to toughen security along the border and unsettled Canada's large Muslim community. The arrests have also stunned many Canadians, who have not experienced such a significant anti-terrorism case since security measures were . intensified after the Sept. 11, : : "2iatks ** Emerson told the CBC. "To see the homegrown nature of it is shocking to me." Other defense attorneys declined to discuss the detailed charges. Batasar said the reason he disclosed part of the allegations against his client was because Chand professes his innocence. "There's an allegation apparently that my client personally indicated that he wanted to be- .head the prime minister of *- *»^ vS* , "It's breathtaking that this is going on in Canada," International Trade Minister David a," sScBatasar. "It's a very serious allegation. My client has said nothing about that." Diplomats say Iran package gives Tehran some leeway VIENNA, Austria (AP) — World powers have compromised on a demand that Iran commit to a long-term moratorium on uranium enrichment and are asking only for suspension during talks on Tehran's nuclear program, diplomats said today. In another concession, Iran would be allowed to carry out uranium conversion — a precursor to enrichment — if it agrees to multinational talks, the diplomats said. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to divulge the contents of the offer made by six countries Tuesday in a bid to defuse the Iranian nuclear standoff. Such changes to long-standing international demands on enrichment are important, because they signal possible readiness to accept some limited form of the activity, despite fears that it can be misused to make the fissile core of nuclear warheads. Since talks between key European nations and Iran broke off in August, the United States, France, Britain and Germany have publicly said Iran must commit to a long-term moratorium on enrichment to establish confidence as a precondition for talks on the nuclear standoff. Briefs Villagers evacuate as volcano spews more lava MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (AP) — Officials evacuated 11,000 villagers from around Mount Merapi volcano as it shot out lava and superheated clouds of gas, authorities said Tuesday. The mountain's lava dome has swelled in recent weeks, raising fears that it could suddenly collapse and send scalding clouds of fast-moving gas and debris into populated areas. The government of nearby Magelang district mobilized more than 40 trucks and cars to evacuate about 11,000 villagers from three subdistricts near the foot of the mountain, said Edy Susanto, a district official. He said the villagers were taken to temporary shelters, including school buildings. "Of course it is dangerous. But we don't know for sure whether the lava dome will collapse," said Subandriyo, a government vulca- nologist who uses only one name. Red-hot lava flowed as far as a half-mile from the mountain's crater, while gas clouds, called pyroclastic flows, streamed as far as \y, miles down its southwestern slope, Subandriyo said. The 9,800-foot mountain is one of the world's most active volcanoes. Activity has risen since a 6.3-magnitude earthquake May 27 hit a region about 20 miles to the south, killing at least 5,862 people. Official says secret CIA flights stopped in Romania, Poland PARIS (AP) — The head of an investigation into alleged CIA secret prisons in Europe said today that evidence suggests planes carrying terror suspects stopped in , Romania and Poland and likely dropped off detainees there. Swiss Sen. Dick Marty's final report, however, offered no clear, direct proof that CIA detention centers were set up in Europe — an allegation made by a human rights group last year. Marty said Romania was part of what he called a "renditions circuit" and was used as a stopover by CIA-linked planes carrying terror suspects. He also said an airport in Poland was likely used as a detainee drop-off point and accused a total of 14 European countries, including Britain, Italy and Germany, of violating human rights in connection with CIA activities. 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