The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 6, 2001 · Page 10
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AID FRIDAY. APRIL 6. 2001 WORLD THE SALINA JOURNAL T SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC Serbia demands arrest warrant Justice minister says tribunal needs an indictment first By KATARINA KRATOVAC Tlie Associated Press BELGRADE, Yugoslavia — Tensions rose Thursday between Yugoslav authorities and the U.N. war crimes tribunal, which is pressing for the swift extradition of Slobodan Milosevic to face trial for alleged crimes against humanity in Kosovo. Serbia's justice minister, Vladan a tribunal envoy in Belgrade to present a warrant for Milosevic's arrest, insisting that the U.N. court indict the leader of Kosovo's Albanians "because crimes were committed by everybody." "The tribunal must show it is not dispersing justice selectively" Batic said, complaining that the top Balkan politicians indicted by the tribunal so far have all been Serbs. The tribunal should indict leaders who "ordered the killings of Serbs ... and demand their urgent extradition," he added. "This is the only way to prove that justice, however slow, is attainable." Hans Holthuis, who brought the warrant and the original indictment to be served to Milosevic, was told by Batic to present it to Momcilo Grubac, the federal justice minister overseeing Yugoslavia's own case against the former president. Serbia is the main Yugoslav republic. Holthuis planned to meet with Grubac today "I want to be sure the indictment and arrest warrant are served to Mr. Milosevic," Holthuis told reporters. Holthuis' visit underscores the tribunal's determination that Milosevic stand trial in The Hague for atrocities allegedly committed by his forces against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo in 1998 and 1999. But Yugoslavia wants to try him here first for alleged corruption, abuse of power and other offenses allegedly committed against his own people. There have been signs that the United States and its European allies may be softening their resistance to the Yugoslav plan. Batic claimed Holthuis' visit itself was "transparent proof" that the Belgrade government was cooperating with the tribunal. "This is a symbolic gesture of direct contact between the Yugoslav authorities and The Hague tribunal," Batic said. "We need time ... handing over Milose­ vic to The Hague is not the word of The Holy Testament. We have already done many things to show our cooperation." • PHILIPPINE REBELS BRIEFLY Congo president takes assertive role KINSHASA, Congo — Congo President Joseph Kabila moved Thursday to assert control over the corrupt and war_ battered government he inherited from his assassinated father, saying he would name a new Cabinet within the week. Congolese hopes grew for a new start from the 29-year-old leader after he abruptly dismissed his father's old Cabinet and suspended top public financial officials nationwide. Kabila, in Germany in search of international support to end the 21 /2 -year-old, six-nation war in his country, declared that Congo's people expected "peace, development and responsibility within the government." Control of Russian TV up for grabs MOSCOW — The two companies dueling over control of Russia's only nationwide independent television network held their first public talks Thursday and agreed to create a commission to try to settle their differences. The heated discussion at NTV's frenetic studios largely eclipsed journalists' excitement over the announcement by U.S. media mogul Ted Turner that he would step into the struggle between NTV's journalists and state-connected gas giant Gazprom by buying into the station. Thursday's talks, at times shown on closed-circuit television in the studios, often degenerated into a shouting match between disputed new chairman Alfred Kokh and ousted director Yevgeny Kise- lyov. Palestinian militant killed in explosion JERUSALEM - A leading Palestinian militant was blown up Thursday when a booby-trapped public phone exploded as he used it on the street outside the West Bank jail where he was held on-and- off by Palestinian authorities. Palestinians immediately blamed Israel for the killing, which came a day after the sides held heated and inconclusive talks on ending more than six months of Mideast violence. Israelis and Palestinians also traded angry accusations over an incident in which Israeli soldiers fired on a four-car convoy carrying Palestinian security chiefs as they returned to Gaza at 2 a.m. Thursday after the talks inside Israel. The Palestinians charged that Israel was trying to kill the officials. 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T HUlUIAN SMUGGLING MANILA, Philippines — Muslim rebels backed off on a threat to behead a U.S. hostage Thursday as thousands of soldiers, bolstered by helicopters and cannons, descended on a southern Philippine island in search of the insurgents' hideouts. Minutes before a self-imposed evening execution deadline, Abu Sabaya, the leader of the Abu Sayyaf guerrilla group, told Jeffrey Schilling's mother during a conversation on the local Radio Mindanao Network he would not behead the 25-year-old from Oakland, Calif. Sabaya made the announcement directly to Carol Schilling in an on-air conversation organized by Radio Mindanao Network. Carol Schilling, a 51-year-old YMCA accountant in Oakland, had come to Manila to appeal for her son's life. She asked Sabaya to repeat his words, straining to hear as he spoke over a crackling satellite phone from a jungle hideout. "The execution has been suspended sfl- ready," Sabaya repeated. "If you want to solve this problem, just call (on President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo) to back off the military operations, otherwise we might be provoked to execute Jeffrey Schilling." After a brief pause, Carol Schilling said: "I'm helpless in the ways of government, but I will do whatever I can." Abu Sayyaf, which says it is fighting for a separate Muslim homeland in the southern Philippines, had promised to behead Schilling Thursday to mark Arroyo's 54th birthday. There are thought to be some 1,200 members of the group on Jolo, an island some 560 miles south of Manila. The Philippines is mostly Christian. The Abu Sayyaf became famous last year after seizing dozens of hostages, including many foreigners. Most were released, reportedly for multimiUioh-doUar ransoms negotiated by Libyan officials. Thousands of troops fanned out across the southern island of Jolo earlier Thiu-s- day in a massive operation aimed at rescuing Schilling. Smuggler convicted in deatlis of 58 Dutch driver watched movies while Chinese immigrants suffocated By BETH GARDINER Tlie Associated Press . LONDON — A Dutch driver who watched movies and ate dinner while 58 Chinese immigrants slowly suffocated in the back of his sweltering tomato truck was convicted Thursday of manslaughter and sentenced to 14 years in prison. The case exposed a murky underworld of smuggling gangs, known as "snakeheads," who profit from immigrants' hopes for new lives in the West. Justice Alan Moses laid much of the blame for the tragedy squarely on the shoulders of driver Perry Wacker, 32. "You took no care for the people in the trailer in that confined space," Moses told Wacker, Rotterdam, as ^„.^,^_„ he sentenced WAl*l\.t:M him at Maidstone Crown Court. "When you closed the vent, you deprived them of the air they needed to stay alive. You did not once check on them." Wacker, also convicted of four counts of conspiracy, swallowed hard but otherwise showed no reaction. Ying Guo, 29, of South Woodford, England, a Chinese interpreter who served as the victims' British contact, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to smuggle immigrants and sentenced to six years in prison. Prosecutors said 27 of the dead were carrying Guo's telephone number. "They looked to you for guidance, (and) you failed them," the judge said. Wacker and Guo had pleaded not guilty The dead — 54 men and four women — had paid tens of thousands of dollars each for the chance to begin a new life in the West. Only two migrants survived. Claude Moraes, former director of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, said hundreds risk their lives each week trying to enter Europe. "The smuggling of humans has become as profitable as drugs," prosecutor Karen Wiseman said. 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