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ARAB TIMES, TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011 MIDEAST 9 Guards ready to close Strait of Hormuz Iran to try 26 US officials for rights abuses: MP TEHRAN, July 4, (Agencies): Iran plans There was no immediate comment on Tehran says US-led wars in its neigh- tia in Iran would also appear to be large- linking the Gulf to international markets, surface-to-sea missiles on Tuesday. to try in absentia 26 US officials it the Iranian move by the US authorities. bours Iraq and Afghanistan resulted in ly symbolic. Revolutionary Guards commander So far, during the drills, the Guards believes violated human rights, the latest The sanctions motion, which has yet to massive human rights violations. The United States has imposed several General Mohammad Ali Jafari told Mehr have launched a range of ballistic mis- attempt to turn the tables on Western be approved by the full parliament, came “The Islamic Republic will diligently rounds of sanctions on Iran since the news agency Monday. siles that Iran says are able to hit Israel accusations about Tehran’s rights record. after the UN Human Rights Council pursue the trials of these people and will 1979 Islamic revolution. In recent years it “In light of the strategic position of the and US bases in the region. Lawmaker Esmail Kosari told appointed a special investigator to look support the legitimate rights of the has secured UN Security Council backing Strait of Hormuz, this issue has never “This means that should the enemy try Monday’s newspapers the Americans into human rights abuses in Iran. oppressed people of the world,” Kosari for sanctions aimed at the Iranian nuclear been taken off the agenda,” Jafari said, to pose a threat against the Islamic repub- would be tried in absentia and their files Lawmakers have called on the govern- was quoted as saying by Qods daily. programme that Washington says is commenting on whether Tehran was still lic from outside the Strait of Hormuz, we passed on to international tribunals. ment to ban Ahmed Shaheed, a former It was not immediately clear whether aimed at making a bomb but which Iran prepared to close down the shipping lane will have the power to retaliate in kind. He did not identify the officials but it is Maldives foreign minister, from entering the judiciary had taken a formal decision insists is purely peaceful. if threatened. This strategy is now on our agenda,” said likely they are the same people listed on the country. to prosecute the officials. Kosari said par- Last year it started blacklisting senior “We have not stopped there... we are Jafari. a parliamentary bill to be subjected to liament would vote on the sanctions bill Iranian officials it says were responsible seeking to use our defence capabilities in Tehran’s arch foes Washington and Iranian sanctions. They include former Protests in a few weeks’ time. open waters,” Jafari added as forces Israel have never ruled out the option of for human rights abuses during the crack- defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, his Iran rejects accusations about its Any Iranian sanctions are unlikely to down of post-elections protests. under his command prepared to launch military strikes against Iran to stop its deputy Paul Wolfowitz, and military human rights record and denies it used have much impact since US officials are the naval phase of the 10-day Great nuclear programme, which the West sus- commanders at US detention centres Abu excessive force to crush protests after the unlikely to have assets in the Islamic Hormuz Prophet-6 exercise, which lasts until pects masks a drive to develop weapons Ghraib in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, disputed re-election of hardline President Republic or any plans to travel there and Meanwhile, Iran is ready if threatened Friday. of mass destruction despite Iran’s insis- Cuba. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June 2009. any prosecution of a US citizen in absen- to close the Strait of Hormuz to ships Media reported the Guards will launch tance of its peaceful intentions. Bomb, gun attacks kill ten people across Iraq Baghdad open to reconciliation with anti-US fighters BAGHDAD, July 4, (AFP): Bomb and gun were killed and one wounded by an improvised bomb that attacks across Iraq on Monday killed at least also hurt three civilians, an interior ministry official said. Another suicide bomber in the Baab al-Muadham neighbour- 10 people and wounded 28, many of them hood of central Baghdad wounded five security personnel guard- policemen and soldiers, security officials said. ing a bus station, the official said. In Baghdad’s Mansur neighbourhood, three policeman In south Baghdad an improvised bomb killed one person and wounded three others. Meanwhile, in the city of Fallujah, 69 kms (43 miles) west of Baghdad, a car bomb exploded outside a hospital killing a policeman and a civilian, said police official Major Nuri al-Jumaili. Eight other people were wounded, five of them policemen. In Haditha, also in western Iraq, a suicide bomber blew up his explosives-packed belt Flames rise after an explosion near the town of El-Arish, Egypt, 30 miles (50 kms) from the border with Israel, July 4. near the city council building, Unidentified assailants blew up the Egyptian pipeline that carries gas to Israel and Jordan early on Monday, starting a fire wounding two policemen, he and disrupting the flow of the gas, security officials said. (AP) said. In southern Babil province, a roadside bomb killed one Supplies cut to Israel, Jordan soldier and wounded two civilians, and a gunman assas- sinated a policeman from the anti-crimes unit. Three chil- dren foraging through a rub- Saboteurs bomb Egypt gas pipeline bish heap also were wounded CAIRO, July 4, (AFP): Saboteurs control and that a committee had been set Strip. by a bomb. bombed an Egyptian gas pipeline in the up to investigate the explosion. There was also a failed attempt to Meanwhile, in northern Sinai peninsula on Monday for the third “The company will work to fix the attack the pipeline in March. Iraq, gunmen with silencers time since February, cutting supplies to Jordan, which buys 95 percent of its killed a member of President pipeline in Sinai as soon as the fire is Israel and Jordan. completely out,” he said. energy needs, imports about 240 million Jalal Talabani’s Patriotic Officials said a car had parked near the cubic feet (6.8 million cubic metres) of Union of Kurdistan in Diyala, Emergency services were deployed to and a soldier was killed and pipeline in the Bir al-Abd area, 80 kms the area to try to bring the fire under con- Egyptian gas a day, or 80 percent of its Iraqi Christians and Muslims pray during a Sunday mass at Virgin Mary Chaldean Church one wounded by an impro- (about 50 miles) from the northern Sinai trol, an official said. electricity requirements. in Baghdad, Iraq, July 3. (AP) vised bomb outside the city of town of El-Arish, shortly before the Witnesses said the flames reached as Jordanian officials have been in talks Mosul, security officials said. explosion. high as 10 metres (32 feet). There were with their Egyptian counterparts “to June was the deadliest They said the bomb was activated no immediate reports of casualties. determine the damage and discuss solu- Unmoved by reforms month this year for the num- remotely. North Sinai governor Abdel Wahab Attack tions,” Jordan’s state-run Petra news agency said. ber of Iraqis killed in attacks, It was the third attack on the gas according to government fig- Mabrouk condemned the bombing as “Jordan will face unusual problems pipeline since February, when an uprising Thousands protest in Morocco ures. It was the bloodiest since June 2008 for US troops, who are due to with- “terrorist act meant to jeopardise the sta- bility and security of Sinai,” the official MENA news agency quoted him as say- toppled former president Hosni Mubarak and saw power handed over to a military this summer if this issue continues,” Abdul Fattah Nsur, director of Jordan Central Electricity Generation Company, TANGIER, Morocco, July 4, draw from Iraq by the end of ing. council. told Petra. (RTRS): Thousands of people this year. A second device was found near the On April 27, the pipeline in Al-Sabil Egypt also supplies about 40 percent of protested in Morocco on Ben Ali tried in absentia A total of 271 Iraqis and 14 bomb blast “but the army has dealt with it area of north Sinai was also attacked, cut- Israel’s natural gas which is used to pro- Sunday over constitutional US soldiers lost their lives in before it exploded”, said Magdi Tawfiq, ting off international gas supplies. In duce electricity. In December, four Israeli reforms they said did not go June. the head of the Egyptian Natural Gas February, attackers used explosives firms signed 20-year contracts worth up far enough, but an official said they were out-numbered Lawyers walk out of trial Iraq has blamed al-Qaeda for the increased death toll in Company (GASCO). He told MENA the fire was now under against the pipeline in the town of Lihfren in north Sinai, near the Gaza to $10 billion (7.4 billion euros) to import Egyptian gas. by people demonstrating in June, which was up 34 per- support of the changes. TUNIS, Tunisia, July 4, (AP): The second trial of Tunisia’s cent on May. But the US mil- Morocco’s King former president opened dramatically Monday with the itary holds Iranian-backed Mohammed handed over court-appointed defense lawyers walking out after their request for a postponement was denied. Shiite militias responsible for the deadly attacks on its News in Brief some of his powers to elected Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his family fled to Saudi officials in a referendum troops. Arabia on Jan 14 after a monthlong popular uprising viewed in other Arab monar- against his rule. He is now being tried in absentia by the Reconciliation chies as a test case for new government for a range of crimes, including corrup- Meanwhile, Iraq’s govern- whether reform can hold back tion, embezzlement and ordering the death of protesters. ment said Monday it would Turkey elects speaker: Turkey’s Two dead, another wounded the wave of “Arab Spring” Ben Ali has foreign attorneys, but Tunisian law says not reconcile with members parliament elected a new speaker uprisings sweeping the lawyers from other countries cannot represent clients of al-Qaeda or anyone who Monday as the opposition maintained a boycott over jailed lawmakers after region. The king’s reforms were endorsed by 98.5 percent of being tried in absentia. As a result, the former president is being represented by court-appointed defenders Hosni Beji and Bechir Mahfoudhi. has killed Iraqis, but suggest- ed it was open to talks with those who had fought Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan dismissed calls for reconciliation. Armed men clash with police people who voted in the refer- As they left the court, the lawyers were booed by onlook- Cemil Cicek, a senior member of American forces. Erdogan’s ALGIERS, July 4, (AFP): A police- Meanwhile, an Algerian journalist endum on Friday, according ers, who shouted they should resign. Reconciliation Minister “Good riddance, you would have done better defending Islamist-rooted man was killed and another wound- accused of breaching the law with to the interior ministry, but Amir al-Khuzai made the Justice and ed during a clash with armed men a report on a high profile murder opponents say the figures the victims of Ben Ali rather than be the lawyers for a tor- turer,” said Ali Laayouni, a young unemployed graduate comments at a news confer- Development Party in the Kabylie region east of Algiers investigation said on Monday the were inflated. ence after US forces, in Iraq (AKP), was elect- on Monday, officials said. charges against him had been lift- Protesters marched through from the center of the country where the rebellion first broke out. since the 2003 US-led inva- ed speaker in the They said armed men targeted a ed. a working class district of sion, suffered their deadliest third round of vot- policeman directing traffic in the Hamid Yacine, who works for the Ben Ali’s fall inspired similar pro-democracy uprisings Tangier, about 450 kms (280 against the region’s autocratic rulers that is now being month in three years in June. ing with support centre of Ain El Hammam, in the daily El Khabar newspaper, said he miles) north of the capital, called the “Arab Spring.” Monday’s trial on charges of gun- Fourteen soldiers were from 322 deputies Tizi Ouzou area. received a fax telling him the pro- chanting “The Interior killed, most in rocket attacks, in the AKP-domi- One of the assailants was ceedings initiated last month had running and drug smuggling has already been delayed Minister is a liar!.” as the nearly 50,000 nated 550-seat par- gunned down by police who lost been dropped. twice, first until June 30 at the request of defense attorneys liament. They also carried empty American troops remaining in one man while another officer was Yacine published an article in who said they needed more time to study the file. It was Members of the boxes and shouted “Empty, Iraq prepare to pull out at the rushed to hospital with serious March 2010 revealing details of the delayed again due to a lawyers’ strike. main opposition empty, the ballot boxes were end of this year. Erdogan injuries, one official said. testimony of Chouaib Oultache empty!” Republican Security forces then traded fire who was accused of killing national June also was the bloodiest People’s Party (CHP) were present in for 20 minutes with the assailants police chief Ali Tounsi. A Reuters reporter esti- The Feb 20 opposition did not go far enough because month so far this year for the general assembly but were unable to who disappared into a crowd, sow- “I think it is Justice Minister mated the protesters, in the movement — inspired by they left the palace in control Iraqis, with 271 killed in vio- vote, having refused to take the oath ing widespread panic. Belaiz Tayeb who ordered the Beni Mekada suburb of uprisings which ousted lead- of security, defence and reli- lence. “Reconciliation will since the new parliament started work Kabylie and other parts of east- proceedings to be dropped after Tangier, numbered about ers in Tunisia and Egypt — gious issues and did not tack- not include those whose last week. ern Algeria have been hit by studying the case file,” said 10,000. But an interior min- has been holding regular le graft in the government. hands are covered with Iraqi Lawmakers from a Kurdish-backed attacks on security forces by Yacine. istry official said there were protests for months, but “A farmer needs to clear blood, al-Qaeda, or members bloc did not show up at all. Islamists claiming to be loyal to al- Tayeb had said he would person- only 1,000 opposition Sunday’s demonstrations stones and weeds before he of the Baath party” of Saddam The two groups are protesting court Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the ally look into the affair following a demonstrators in the city were the first since the refer- ploughs the land. With this Hussein, the dictator ousted rulings in the wake of June 12 polls that extremist network’s north African strong reaction from the journalists’ while 3,000 protested in endum. reform, we plough without by the invasion. refused to free eight of their colleagues branch. union. favour of the reform. Backers of the constitution- ridding the country of corrupt “Reconciliation does who were elected while in jail awaiting “We wanted to send a mes- al changes said they were a people,” said Abdelali, a 42- include those who said, ‘we trial for alleged anti-government plots sage that even after the fraud- model for democratic reform year-old real estate entrepre- resisted the occupiers for or links to Kurdish rebels. General elections are to be held in the sides since the 1967 Six Day War. ulent referendum, we are still in the Arab world. The result neur in Tangier. seven years, and today they Adding to the controversy, the elec- Tunisia on October 23. The remains are those of Palestinians here,” said Khalid Laasri, of the referendum was wel- The majority of Moroccans are on their way to withdraw toral board stripped one of them, a The minister said people had been killed in armed conflict since the 1967 who was taking part in the comed by the European revere the king and the protest at the end of 2011, so we have prominent Kurd, of his parliamentary worried about the rise of Islamism in war when Israel occupied the West to return to our lives,’” seat and handed it to the AKP, adding to countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Bank and Gaza Strip as well as east opposition march. Union and former colonial movement has failed to gather the party’s already solid majority. (AFP) Jerusalem, he said. Khuzai added, referring to US or Turkey, but that it had not happened There was no sign of uni- power France, which said it the momentum or widespread formed police officers around was “historic.” support that toppled leaders in forces as “occupiers,” as ❑ ❑ ❑ there either. Israel’s public radio said many of many Iraqis do. “Even if the Ennahda (the Islamist them carried out suicide attacks against the march. Opponents said the changes Egypt and Tunisia. Islamist threat downplayed: party) gets 18 to 20 percent (of the Israeli civilians, such as a 2003 restau- Tunisian Foreign Minister Mohamed vote), they will still have to form a rant bombing in Haifa in which 21 peo- Mouldi Kefi on Monday sought to allay coalition to work with the others parties ple were killed, aside from the bomber. Arrests urged in Hariri killing fears abroad over the rise of Islamists in his country, saying they will have to coop- and the other political forces, so I believe that today not a single party on Security officials confirmed that talks were under way over a release of bodies erate with other parties to make a mark. the left or on the right will be able to as a “goodwill gesture” to Palestinian BEIRUT, July 4, (AP): Lebanon’s pro-Western political fac- “I believe the Islamists will have to president Mahmud Abbas, but that so tion has called on the government to respect an international run Tunisia or to form a government” adapt to the modern world and to adapt by itself, he added. (AFP) far there had been no agreement over tribunal calling for the arrest of four Hezbollah members in to the values of democracy, of freedom, whose remains were to be repatriated. the assassination of a former prime minister. of alternance, or they will have no ❑ ❑ ❑ The bodies are currently interred in Hezbollah’s leader denies his group had any role in Rafik choice but to disappear,” Kefi told a Militants’ bodies to be returned: numbered, rather than named, graves in news conference in Berlin after talks A Palestinian minister on Monday said Israel and will have to be identified Harri’s 2005 killing and has vowed to protect suspects from arrest. with German counterpart Guido But the pro-Western bloc known as March 14 said in a Israel is to release the bodies of 84 before they can be returned to their Westerwelle. Palestinians killed in the conflict between families. (AFP) statement late Sunday that Hezbollah is holding the country hostage by making it choose between justice and stability.
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