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February 13, 2004 |
Jozef Lenart, 80, a former Czechoslovak prime minister who was cleared of treason charges brought over his alleged role in the 1968 Soviet-led invasion that crushed the country's democratic movement, died Wednesday in a Prague hospital after heart surgery. Lenart served as prime minister of Czechoslovakia from 1963 to 1968 and headed the Slovak Communist Party until 1988.
December 4, 2003 |
A special Myanmar court at Insein prison, on the outskirts of Yangon, has sentenced nine people to death for high treason, including the editor of a sports magazine, legal sources said. The government has said the suspects were accused of plotting to overthrow Myanmar's military junta through bombings and assassinations. It has denied the arrests concerned a story in the magazine edited by Zaw Thet Htwe, 37, that raised questions of official corruption.
December 2, 2003 |
An appeals court has overturned the treason conviction of Abu Bakar Bashir and reduced his sentence from four years to three -- a key victory for the best-known Islamic radical in the world's largest Muslim country. However, defense lawyer Achmad Michdan on Monday denounced the court's decision to uphold a conviction on lesser charges of forging identity documents and said his client would appeal to the Supreme Court.
November 30, 2003 |
A central figure in the suicide bombing of an Istanbul synagogue was captured while trying to slip into Iran, police said Saturday. He was charged with trying to overthrow Turkey's "constitutional order" -- an offense equivalent to treason and punishable by life in prison. The suspect, whose name was not released, is believed to have given the order to carry out the Nov.
September 3, 2003 |
Radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir was found guilty Tuesday of taking part in treasonous activity but was acquitted of a more serious charge that he headed the Jemaah Islamiah terrorist network. A five-judge panel, which also found Bashir guilty of forging an immigration document, sentenced the 65-year-old Indonesian cleric to four years in prison, less the 10 1/2 months he spent in jail awaiting trial.
August 4, 2003
Re "In TV and Politics, Americans Will Buy It if It's Extreme," by Norah Vincent, Commentary, July 31: Congratulations. You managed to publish the one-hundred-zillionth diatribe on Ann Coulter's book "Treason." You also discovered yet another "conservative" who doesn't see eye to eye with Coulter. And just like the umpteen denunciations before it, not a shred of information is offered by Vincent to discredit Coulter's litany of well-supported facts or even the overarching premise of the book.
July 20, 2003 |
Alberto Fujimori peers into his laptop computer, quietly plotting a return to power half a world away -- all but oblivious to being a wanted man who can't leave the confines of Japan for fear of arrest. The disgraced former president of Peru downloads public opinion polls, news reports and even an audio clip from a Peruvian radio commentator that all testify, he says, to a mounting mandate for his return.
July 13, 2003 |
Ann Coulter is a trailblazer. In the 1990s, she paved the way for a bevy of blond, leggy Torquemadas in miniskirts to earn notoriety on television by denouncing feminists and Bill Clinton. "It's enough" to be impeached, she declared in her 1998 bestseller "High Crimes and Misdemeanors," "for the president to be a pervert." Now that George Bush is president, she's widened her assault on liberalism to include the last 50 years of American history.
June 7, 2003 |
Police arrested Zimbabwe's main opposition leader and charged him with treason Friday as hundreds of security forces took control of the streets of the capital and prevented marches demanding the resignation of President Robert Mugabe. Morgan Tsvangirai was arrested just after he vowed to continue protests. "From now onwards we will embark on rolling mass action at strategic times of our choice and without any warning to the dictatorship," he told reporters. "More action is certainly on the way."
May 1, 2003 |
Accused terrorist leader Abu Bakar Bashir warned the judges at his treason trial Wednesday that God will punish them if they deliver an unfair verdict in his case. The militant Muslim, opening his own defense, told the five-judge panel that he answers only to God and called on the court to ensure that his trial was free from political pressure. "I testify that there is no other absolute ruler, there is no protector, there is no judge except Allah," he said.