The Salina Journal Saturday, January 18,1986 Page 12 Officials: Libya can continue sending students to U.S. WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a freeze on Libya's assets in the United States, the government of Col. Moammar Khadafy will be allowed to continue subsidizing its students at American colleges, U.S. officials said Friday. And, they said, new students from the North African country will be permitted to come here. Of about 3,200 Libyans legally in the United States, some 1,200 are students — many of whom are supported by the Khadafy government through a U.S. bank account, said Treasury and State Department officials. "We have decided to license their receipt of Libyan funds and to allow the students who are here to continue their education," an official said. "It's a policy decision that's been taken by the executive branch. "We have not tried to aim the sanctions we've taken to date at Libyan persons," the official said. "It's not at the Libyan people; it's not at Libyan students." He said the decision was "not inconsistent with the intent and purpose" of economic sanctions the Reagan administration took earlier this month against the Libyan government. The sanctions followed U.S. accusations that Khadafy provided bases for the terrorist group that killed five Americans and 10 other people in attacks on the Rome and Vienna airports. Earlier this week, Khadafy threatened to train suicide squads to attack Americans if the United States launches retaliatory raids on Libya. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said last week that most Libyans in the United States are under surveillence and that some terrorist actions had been averted by law enforcement authorities. A Lugar aide, Mark Helmke, said that while some Libyans here are legitimate students, some are agents of their government. Like other Libyan assets in the United States, the bank account through which the students are paid has been frozen. Under a special license, however, the bank has been authorized to pay checks not exceeding $2,000 for such expenses as a student's tuition, one official said. No more than $500,000 in total may be drawn from the account through the end of January, "while we have the opportunity to discuss what arrangements will be made from that time on," he added. If more money is needed to support the students, Libya could "make arrangements with us to license the influx of fresh funds," the official said. He did not name the bank or divulge the full amount of the account. The official said the rules were roughly similar to those devised after Iranian assets were frozen in response to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. At that time, there were thousands of Iranian students in America and many of them took part in demonstrations supporting their government and leader. Bethany College Lindsborg, Kansas 67456-1897 Free lecture "Technology and Change* JAMES b BURKE TBS and BBC Television Host Mon., Jan 20, 7:30 p.m. Presscr Auditorium (Funded in part by n grant from the Kansas Committee for the Humanities.) Molestation charges dropped against 5 people LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors citing insufficient evidence dropped charges Friday against five of the seven defendants in the McMartin Pre-School child molestation case, and some outraged parents called for the state to take over the case. "I would never get involved in any vigilante-type activity (but) ... from what I hear other parents say, I wouldn't want to be one of those defendants walking the street," said Arvin Collins, who claimed two of his children were molested at the school. "They'd be better off with the trial," said Robert Currie, a parent whose two children attended the now- closed McMartin school in suburban Manhattan Beach. "Otherwise, I don't think they're going to live." Parents promised to appeal to the state attorney general's office to take over the case and prosecute all seven defendants. They originally were charged with more than 300 counts of rape, sodomy and other abuse involving 41 children from 2 to 8 years old. Two-thirds of the counts were dropped during an 18-month preliminary hearing, many because parents were unwilling to allow children to testify and others because of contradictory and bizarre testimony from younger children. The children testified about rape, sodomy, satanic rituals and mutilation of animals. Animal bones were dug up in a lot next to the school, but were never conclusively linked to the case. District Attorney Ira Reiner said Friday that only the two main defendants would be tried — Raymond Buckey, 27, grandson of the school's founder, and his mother, Peggy McMartin Buckey, 59. "For five of the seven defendants in the McMartin case, the evidence was so slim it was mere allegations," Reiner said. Chemical tank explosion kills 2, injures 18 ASHTABULA, Ohio (AP) — A tank containing 2,000 pounds of a caustic chemical exploded Friday, killing two people, injuring at least 18 and sending a green chemical cloud into the air. The late-morning explosion in the Diamond Shamrock Corp. plant's processing area caused a small fire and released a chemical cloud. Rain and wind from the south, however, helped break up the cloud and carry it over Lake Erie, where it posed no danger, said Allan Franks, chief of the public interest center for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. He said he was unaware, of any evacuations in the industrial area of Ashtabula Township. "It's a pretty serious thing, but it's totally on their property. It's affecting no one else," Franks said. The Diamond Shamrock plant makes paint pigment, said Donald Fletcher, emergency room attending physician at the Ashtabula County Medical Center. 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