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									                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ARAB TIMES, TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011
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                                                                                                      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)
                                                                                                               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
   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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