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August 16, 1994 Volume 2, #152 / /\__/_/\
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The Los Angeles suburb of Rolling Hills may be the only place in
the nation where people can't even smoke in their own backyards.
The 2,000 person area is about to start enforcing a 1978 ban.
Smoking is banned in all outdoor places...even behind the wheel of
a car. Anyone caught lighting up faces a $1,000 fine and six months
in jail. The law is based on a county code that forbids smoking in
areas vulnerable to forest fires.
Carlos the Jackal Caught; Thought to Have Been Involved in Massacre
of Israelis at Munich Olympics
By Sonja Pace (Paris)
French authorities have arrested one of the world's most wanted
terrorists -- a man linked to numerous notorious terrorist acts
over the past 20 years. France's interior minister confirmed that
Illich Ramirez Sanchez, better known as "Carlos, the Jackal," was
handed over to French authorities in the Sudanese capital,
Khartoum, and then brought to France where he is to stand trial
for a long list of crimes.
Interior Minister Charles Pasqua told a news conference here that
the terrorist known as Carlos was arrested in Khartoum Sunday
morning and extradited to France. He said French intelligence
agents had been tracking the master-terrorist for years, but it was
only early this year that they received reliable information that
he had gone to Sudan under a false passport.
The list of accusations against the Venezuelan-born Carlos is
long. He is wanted in connection with numerous bombings and
killings in France, other parts of Europe and the Middle East in
the 1970s and early 1980s. In 1992, a French court sentenced
him in absentia to life imprisonment for killing two French
counter-intelligence agents during a raid on a Paris apartment
17 years earlier. The agents had been investigating attacks on
Israel's El Al Airlines at Paris' Orly Airport. Carlos is also
wanted in connection with a 1974 attack on a Paris drugstore; the
deaths of three people when OPEC oil ministers were taken hostage
in Vienna in 1975; the deaths of 10 others in two separate bombings
in France in 1982 and '83. Carlos is also believed to have been
involved in the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre in which 11 Israeli
athletes were killed.
Sudanese authorities said Carlos was arrested with a group of
people suspected of plotting attacks against foreign targets in
Sudan. Carlos was one of the world's most notorious terrorists for
hire and eluded capture for two decades.
Sudan has long been accused of harboring terrorists, an accusation
the leadership rejects. Sudan is on the US State Department's
black list as a terrorist-sponsoring nation.
The State Department has applauded the capture of accused
terrorist, Carlos, and his extradition to France. There are no
American charges pending against Carlos but the United States has
welcomed his capture in Sudan and his extradition to France to face
charges of terrorism.
State Department spokesman Michael McCurry says the capture of
Carlos serves notice to all terrorists that their crimes will not
go unpunished. While the spokesman notes Sudan's role in this
one case, McCurry says more actions are needed to take Sudan
off the American list of countries supporting terrorism.
German Judges 'Resign' Because of Health
By Evans Hays (Bonn)
Two German judges who sparked a storm of controversy for the light
sentence they imposed during the trial of a right-wing extremist
leader have been removed from their positions for reasons of
A superior court in Mannheim has announced that two lower court
judges are being replaced on health grounds. The two judges sparked
nationwide outrage last week when it was revealed they had imposed
only a suspended jail term and a small fine on Guenter Deckert for
denying that the Nazi Holocaust ever took place.
Such a denial, called the "Auschwitz lie," is a crime in Germany
and prosecutors had demanded a two-year jail term.
In their ruling, the judges said the defendant was an intelligent
man for whom denying the Holocaust was "a matter of the heart."
One of the judges involved in the ruling later apologized for
what he termed the unfortunate wording of the decision. Judge
Wolfgang Mueller said his court had not meant to condone the
views expressed by the defendant. A third judge involved in the
ruling was not a target of any criticism.
Palestinians Chided for Not Doing Enough
By Art Chimes (Jerusalem)
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has criticized the
Palestinians for not doing enough to prevent attacks on Israeli
targets. Meanwhile, Palestinian authorities in the Gaza Strip have
begun rounding up suspected members of the extremist Islamic group
Hamas, which has claimed responsibility for recent attacks on
Rabin conceded it is not possible for the Palestinians to prevent
all attacks. But he said Palestinian authorities have not made
a serious effort so far to rein-in the militants who are opposed to
the peace process.
Rabin's comments came during a visit to the Gaza Strip, and he
spoke near the site where on Sunday one Israeli was killed and
several others were wounded in an attack claimed by Hamas.
Palestinian security forces have begun rounding up suspected
Hamas members in the Gaza Strip. Arab sources say up to 30
activists have been arrested, including several described as top
Hamas is opposed to the peace process, and has claimed
responsibility for several recent attacks against Israeli targets.
The Palestinian Authority condemned the actions of Hamas as
"irresponsible," saying it would take steps to maintain security,
and Information Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo says there are plans to
confiscate illegal weapons.
The security situation has prompted Israel to cancel plans to
open the safe passage corridor between the two Palestinian-ruled
zones, the Gaza Strip and Jericho. Israel and the Palestinians
agreed on the safe passage arrangement to allow travel through
Israeli-controlled territory for Palestinians who do not otherwise
have authorization to be in Israel.
Amid the setbacks, there are also some positive developments in
the peace process. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have
resumed talks at the Israel-Gaza border on what they call "early
empowerment" -- extending limited Palestinian jurisdiction in the
West Bank. The agenda this session includes taxation and budget
matters. And in a resort hotel on the Israeli side of the Dead
Sea, Israel and Jordan continue talks on a border dispute and
sharing water resources.
PLO Chairman YasIr
Arafat personally ordered the heads of the Palestinian police to
act vigorously to prevent terrorist attacks by Hamas against
Israelis in the self-rule areas. Arafat said that the attacks
damage Palestinian national security and the peace process. The
Palestinian Authority, meeting in special session, decided to
increase security in the self-rule areas.
Rabin Spells Out Unresolved Issues in Israeli-Syrian Talks
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said during Sunday's cabinet meeting
that some "modest signals" are coming out of Damascus which show
Syria's willingness for peace. The Prime Minister told reporters
after the meeting, "I didn't sound optimistic, but we will step
forward with Syria, it will take time and it will be hard and it
won't happen tomorrow."
Rabin then enumerated four points which are still unresolved in the
talks with Syria: the depth of Israel's withdrawal on the Golan
Heights, a schedule for the withdrawal, linkage between the
withdrawal and normalization and security arrangements.
Rabin: Israel Has No Contacts with Iraq
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said that Israel does not have, and
does not intend to have, any contacts with Iraq. Speaking to
reporters, Rabin said that Israel has received no messages from
Iraq and does not intend to open negotiations with Baghdad. Rabin
added, "We will continue to support the embargo against Iraq...and
we will stand together with the United States and other countries
to bring Iraq to change its policies."
Jewish Judge Chosen to Head War Crimes Tribunal
Johannesburg--Nearly 50 years after the Nuremberg war trials, a
Jewish judge from South Africa has been appointed to serve as chief
prosecutor of the United Nations tribunal on war crimes in the
But Judge Richard Goldstone, who has long played a leadership role
in South Africa's Jewish community, feels that his Jewishness is
irrelevant to his appointment.
Rather, he sees it as a reflection of the speed with which the
world community is reaching out to South Africa in the wake of the
country's first all race elections in April.
"My being Jewish does not affect my attitude and feelings toward
the appointment," he said in a recent interview. "At the same time,
the upholding of human rights is something I regard as crucially
Goldstone, who was named to the Balkan tribunal by the U.N.
Security Council in early July, will head the first international
war-crimes prosecution since the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials were
convened after World War II.
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