December 16, 2005 |
One of the most prominent authors in Turkey was set to go on trial today in an internationally publicized case widely seen as a further test of the nation's commitment to free expression as it seeks membership in the European Union. Orhan Pamuk, 53, was expected to appear in court in the Istanbul district of Sisli, charged with "public denigration of Turkish identity."
August 14, 2005 |
"IF this be treason," said that great American Patrick Henry, "make the most of it." Now another great American has breathed new life into Henry's quip. Translator Gregory Rabassa has made us a gift of innumerable Latin American writers, including Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Julio Cortazar and Jorge Amado. Rabassa was the moving force behind the "Latin American boom" that began in the late 1960s and revolutionized our reading habits -- and our way of seeing the world.
July 14, 2005 |
A prominent Islamic scholar who exhorted his followers after the Sept. 11 attacks to join the Taliban and fight U.S. troops was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison. Ali al-Timimi was convicted in April of soliciting treason, inducing others to aid the Taliban and to use firearms in violation of federal law. "I will not admit guilt nor seek the court's mercy," the Fairfax cleric said before sentencing. "I do this simply because I am innocent."
December 17, 2004 |
Five Islamic teachers suspected of being key figures in a separatist insurgency in Thailand's Muslim-dominated south have been charged with treason, security officials said. Four suspects were arrested this week, but the fifth suspect fled during a raid and has been charged in absentia, said Gen. Sirichai Thanyasiri, the regional security commander. The suspects face a maximum penalty of death if found guilty. More than 550 people have been killed in an explosion of violence this year.
October 16, 2004 |
Leading opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was acquitted of treason charges Friday in a surprise court ruling in a nation whose longtime president has been widely accused of crushing dissent. But even as he expressed relief, Tsvangirai, who was arrested two years ago, warned that it was premature to celebrate in the face of what he called continuing repression and abuse by President Robert Mugabe's government.
October 14, 2004 |
A court charged an Islamic radical with treason for allegedly masterminding a failed 1998 plot to crash an airplane into the mausoleum of the founder of secular Turkey, Kemal Ataturk. Metin Kaplan was returned to Istanbul late Tuesday, hours after a court in his longtime home of Germany approved his extradition. His group, the Caliphate State, calls for the overthrow of Turkey's secular government to replace it with an Islamic state.
September 27, 2004 |
A senior Iraqi national guard commander has been arrested on suspicion of having ties to insurgents, the U.S. military said Sunday. In the wake of the restoration of Iraqi sovereignty in June and just four months before parliamentary elections, U.S. troops have been trying to transfer more authority for security to Iraqi forces. But the commander's arrest -- which follows the detention of an Iraqi police chief -- raises questions about the allegiance of Iraqi security services. Brig. Gen.
September 24, 2004 |
Chinese authorities have arrested a New York Times news assistant on charges of leaking state secrets and the newspaper has appealed to the "highest levels" of the U.S. government to help secure his release, a senior editor at the paper said Thursday. Zhao Yen, 42, a researcher in the paper's Beijing bureau, was arrested Sept. 17.
September 2, 2004 |
A soldier accused of trying to pass military secrets to Al Qaeda suffers from bipolar disorder and other mental health problems, a psychologist testified at his court-martial Wednesday. "He has been an outsider, a social misfit, most of his life," Jack Norris said of Spc. Ryan G. Anderson. Norris, a psychologist at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash., said he began evaluating Anderson in mid-July, eventually diagnosing him with bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression.
September 1, 2004 |
A soldier accused of trying to pass military information to Al Qaeda was shown in a videotape at his court-martial Tuesday detailing weaknesses of the Army's primary battle tank to undercover federal agents. The audio was muted on segments of the tape, and at times a gray blur obstructed Spc. Ryan G. Anderson's mouth. Prosecutors said Anderson believed the men were members of Al Qaeda. "I have no belief in what the American Army asked me to do," Anderson said on the video. "They sent me to die."