The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 3, 1998 · Page 8
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AS FRIDAY. APRIL 3. 1998 INTERNATIONAL THE SALINA JOURNAL T MIDDLE EAST TEURO Palestinians mourn death of bombmaker Germany clears Top Hamas man called terrorist by Israel, hailed as martyr on West Bank By The Associated Press RAMALLAH, West Bank — Shaking their fists in rage, thousands of mourners marched in a funeral procession Thursday for a top Hamas bombmaker hailed by Palestinians as a martyr and condemned by Israel as a terrorist. Hamas militants rejected Israel's denial of responsibility for the death of Mohiyedine Sharif and vowed to avenge him with attacks bloodier than the string of suicide bombings that followed another bombmaker's assassination two years ago. Israel "paid with 60 coffins" then, "and we are telling them now to prepare for more," a Hamas leaflet warned Thursday. Israeli troops went on heightened alert, with thousands of officers manning West Bank roadblocks and patrolling markets, bus stations and shopping malls. In Jerusalem, officers were posted on rooftops with binoculars and stopped Palestinians to check their identity cards. Prime Minister Benjamin Ne- tanyahu, speaking Thursday night in Herzliya, warned Palestinians against blaming Israel for Sharif s death and said Israel would hold the Palestinian Authority responsible if there was an attack as a result of its inflaming the public. T^PAPON TRIAL Palestinians carry the body of chief Hamas bombmkker Mbhiyec slon Thursday In Ramallah. ed "revenge, revenge" and i r __________ . Thousands of jenrdg *d Palestinians ^o'blamelsra shook their fists. ' : f; :f" :h ^|| jp,'[;; "They knowithe truth, andithey :, Hamas bomfr factory in t*ale;s't|n- : know very wejl that we were not involved in this," he said. ; Israel said Sharif, 32, |,who topped Israel's most-wanted i list, died when a car bomb exploded prematurely Sunday night i jn a I French court convicls ex-Vichy ciyil servant Official in World War II regime declared guilty in aiding the Holocaust By The Associated Press BORDEAUX, France — When Maurice Papon left Bordeaux on Thursday, convicted of crimes against humanity but still a free man, his lawyer was talking appeals. But others were talking about the future: concluding an ugly chapter of France's history, dissolving long-held myths about its wartime behavior and declaring old wounds healed. "The trial is over. Now it's time for France to turn the page," said Alain Jakubowicz, a lawyer representing Holocaust victims and their families. "We know the truth about Vichy now. We can move on." Papon, 87, a former official of the pro-Nazi Vichy regime, was convicted early Thursday of complicity in crimes against humanity for arresting and deporting 1,690 Jews from Bordeaux during World War II. But in a verdict as mixed as the emotions swirling around the marathon trial, he was absolved of guilt in their deaths at Auschwitz. The jury appeared to accept his defense that while he knew the de- pbr^ees would meet a cruel fate, he was unaware of the "Final Solution"— the Nazis' systematic extermination of Jews. ' The jury of nine civilians and three judges sentenced Papon to 10 years in prison, less than the 20 years the prosecutor had asked for, or the life term most civil party lawyers wanted. Asked Papon's feelings about the verdict, his lawyer, Jean-Marc Varaut, said: "Contempt, contempt. He expected it." 1 Papon was freed from prison at the:beginning of his trial for health reasons, and he will remain free through the appeals process, which could take up to a year. His lawyer said Thursday that if he failed in French courts, he'd take the 'case to the European Court of Human Rights. , The six-month trial — the longest in French history — was Photo by The Associated Press Maurice Papon leaves a cemetery outside Paris Thursday after visiting his wife's tomb. Hours earlier he was sentenced to 10 years In prison for complicity In crimes against humanity. seen as France's last chance to confront its painful collaboration with Nazi Germany, at least in a courtroom. But it was also a first: the first time a Vichy civil servant has been convicted for aiding the Nazis. Papon's opponents took comfort in that, though some were disappointed he wasn't convicted on all charges. "It is a condemnation of a French administration always willing to follow orders," i Klarsfeld, a civil party lawyer; "French people want an admin-; istration with a conscience apd a soul," Klarsfeld said. j ian-c6ntl-olle|dRarfaallah..]' ?,',ttM fretitlf> bla| ^ : : Palestiniap [police said ShaYij: > Palestinian Md been shot atid killeji before j Ij^a^wanft this explosioh,'arid the expkisioi| < '^jafAi'^Ai-. :Was intended to odyeriup thesljaw',;; Ssiiii it'.WiisTdb 1 The pojide, !|hdh Pa]!estinir m: 'J'-ii-i^-i'-'-i:- '--l|eddei :< IfaisJ ir« !"!•: ..'? ! .': Barghouti suggested Netanyahu might have planned the slaying to trigger a violent response by Hamas and sabotage the peace process. "It is not far-fetched for Ne- tanyahu to use this in order to have an excuse not to implement the (Israel-Palestinian) agreements," he said. Netanyahu and other Israeli officials have categorically denied any Israeli role in Sharif s death. In past assassinations believed carried out by Israel, the govern- m^rtt usually refused to confirm 'or jdeny its involvement. At least 6,000 people, many carrying green Islamic flags, joined the funeral procession for Sharif as lit snaked through Ramallah on Thursday. Sharif s body, wrapped inja white-and-green blanket, was catried on a stretcher. His blackened face and upper body were exposed, much of the Skin peeled aWay. "We want to hear explosions in Tel .Aviv. Blow them up! Blow th£m up!" chanted a group of women, slapping their faces in grief. Young men, some crying and others shaking their fists; shouted "Revenge, revenge!" another obstacle • *to new currency By The Associated Press BONN, Germany — Germany's highest court on Thursday rejected two lawsuits seeking to block the "euro," clearing some of the last obstacles in Europe's drive for a common currency to rival the dollar. Chancellor Helmut Kohl's government said the ruling by the Federal Constitutional Court viiv dicated its push to introduce the euro as scheduled on Jan. 1 with 10 other countries. At the same time, opposition leaders voiced support in parlia: ment for the euro, making it near certain that both chambers will approve replacing the German mark with the new currency at sessions on April 23-24. As the court declared both constitutional complaints "clearly, unfounded," Kohl was appealing to lawmakers in Bonn to vote for euro, calling it a historic opportuX nity to unite Europe, boost its' economy and create jobs. "The conditions for a stable European currency were never as good as today," Kohl said in his speech to parliament. 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