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									                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ARAB TIMES, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2011
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                                                 Man arrested at scene on suspicion of murder

Lebanese sheikh killed in UK mosque
LONDON, Sept 3, (AFP): Sheikh Maymun Zarzur, a
Lebanese imam, was killed after leading prayers at the
Muslim Welfare House in London, the Islamic centre said
                                                                                           Police investigation still ongoing
Saturday.
   Zarzour was found dead on Friday after leading the
early morning Fajr prayers at the Islamic community cen-
                                                               CPS drop case against nurse over patient deaths
tre, Muslim Welfare House said.                                LONDON, Sept 3, (RTRS): Prosecutors said on Friday                Nazir Afzal, the chief crown prosecutor for the north-
   Police said they had arrested a man at the scene on sus-    they had dropped charges against a nurse accused of            west, said the charges against Leighton had been
picion of murder.                                              contaminating saline solution after an investigation into      dropped. “The inquiries, which are still ongoing, have
   According to a Muslim Brotherhood official in               unexplained deaths of patients at a hospital in                not so far provided us with a stronger case which would
Lebanon, Zarzur is Lebanese and from the southern              Stockport. Rebecca Leighton had been charged in July           meet the test that there is sufficient evidence for a real-
Iqleem al-Kharoub region. He was in his 40s.                   with three counts of criminal damage with intent to            istic prospect of conviction,” Afzal said.                      Spanish police officers detain a man during a demonstration against
   Zarzur had been the imam at the Muslim Welfare              endanger life and three counts of being reckless as to            He said Leighton would immediately be released               a constitutional reform in Madrid, on Sept 2. Spain’s lower house
                                                               whether life was being endangered.                             from prison where she was being held on remand.                 voted overwhelmingly to put a budget deficit cap in the constitution
House in north London since 2009.                                                                                                                                                             after a stormy debate, cheering markets but infuriating many at
   “Our imam has passed away,” the centre said on its            Detectives are investigating the suspicious deaths of           Greater Manchester Police said they were investigat-
                                                               patients after a higher than normal number were report-        ing the deaths of seven patients that may be linked to          home. Lawmakers voted by 316 to five in favour of the constitution-
website.                                                                                                                                                                                      al reform, easily reaching the three-fifths support required. (AFP)
   “It is thought that he was killed inside his office. We     ed to have “unexplained” low blood sugar levels.               tainted saline drips.
would like to send our condolences to all the Muslims in
north London and the UK. “The sheikh was very friendly           The man was pronounced dead at the scene. While                 Officers are working closely with the Muslim Welfare
and never had an argument with anyone in the communi-          detectives await formal confirmation of his identity, they     House “to reassure the community during this difficult                 Priority on education, security
ty during his career in this mosque.”                          are contacting his family, who live outside Britain. A post-   time. “Inquiries continue to establish the full circum-
   Friday’s Fajr prayer is listed on the trust’s website as    mortem examination is being arranged, the spokeswoman          stances and any motive, although we believe the person
being at 04:38am.
   Scotland Yard said they had made one arrest.
                                                               said.
                                                                 “A man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of mur-
                                                                                                                              we have arrested attended the mosque.
                                                                                                                                 “This is not believed to be a race/faith hate crime.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Britain to ship $1.5 bln
   “Police were called by London Ambulance Service at          der. At this stage we are not seeking to make any further         The Muslim Welfare House was founded in 1970 and
10:21am on Friday to reports of a man seriously injured
at Muslim Welfare House in Seven Sisters Road, north
                                                               arrests.”
                                                                 Police have openened an incident room and are appeal-
                                                                                                                              functions as a community centre. It is a registered charity
                                                                                                                              with offices, two training centres, a youth centre, a library
                                                                                                                                                                                                 in banknotes to Libya
London,” a spokeswoman said.                                   ing for witnesses.                                             and prayer rooms for men and women.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 BENGHAZI, Libya, Sept 3,            money already received was
                                                                                                                                                                                                 (RTRS): Britain will ship           now in the central bank
                                                                                                                                                                                                 the remainder of $1.5 billion       vault and would soon be dis-



Murdoch and son get big
                                                                                                                                                                                                 in frozen Libyan funds to           tributed to commercial
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Benghazi within a week, a           banks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 senior official in the rebel           “We need a portion of
                                                                                                                                                                                                 government said on Friday,          money in hard currency
                                                                                                                                                                                                 helping its new rulers to pay       (non-Libyan) to open up
                                                                                                                                                                                                 public workers and restore          credit to buy oil products. At
                                                                                                                                                                                                 order in the war-torn coun-         the same time we need



bonuses, James declines
                                                                                                                                                                                                 try.                                Libyan currency for banks
                                                                                                                                                                                                    A portion of the funds           to pay government salaries,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                 amounting to around 280             said Mustafa el-Huni, NTC
                                                                                                                                                                                                 million Libyan dinars, or
                                                                                                                                                                                                 around      $234      million,      representative for Jufra in
                                                                                                                                                                                                 reached Benghazi this week          southern Libya.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 already by airplane.                   The shortage of hard cash
                                                                                                                                                                                                    The money is part of a           has been a problem through-
                                              Perkins says resignation unrelated to scandal                                                                                                      consignment of freshly              out the conflict, with long
                                                                                                                                                                                                 printed Libyan dinars worth         lines often forming outside
NEW YORK, Sept 3, (AP): News Corp awarded Rupert Murdoch                                       they could quit the media company’s board.                                                        about $1.5 billion ordered          banks as people sought to
                                                                                           James Murdoch was set to get a payout of $17.9 million, boosted by a $6 million bonus                 by Gaddafi from British             take out their money.
and his son James big compensation increases, though James                               and $8.3 million in stock awards. He will now receive $11.9 million. His father’s pay was               printing firm De La Rue Plc            International powers met
declined his bonus, citing controversy over a phone hacking scandal                      boosted by a $12.5 million bonus and $8.5 million in stock awards.                                      but blocked by Britain in           in Paris on Thursday and
at the UK newspaper unit that he oversees.                                                 As head of international operations, James Murdoch has been under media and govern-                   March after he began a vio-         agreed to make $15 billion
                                                                                         ment scrutiny since the hacking scandal erupted at the London tabloid News of the World                 lent crackdown on protests.         immediately available to
   The annual bonus, announced Friday, would have bumped James Murdoch’s com- on July 4.                                                                                                            Many of the delivered            the new leaders, putting to
pensation by 73 percent. His father got a 47 percent increase, bringing his compensa-      There has been speculation that he would have to step down, especially after former News              notes still bear the face of        the test their ability to gov-
tion to $33.3 million. The awards came on the same day that two longtime directors said Corp executives challenged the accuracy of his testimony to a UK Parliamentary commit-                   the deposed leader, whose           ern and restore order in a
                                                                                                                                                   tee on the phone hacking case.                image elsewhere in the east-        country with beleaguered
                                                                                                                                                      “While the financial and oper-             ern city of Benghazi is open-       public services and a glut
                                                                                                                                                   ating performance metrics on                  ly mocked in graffiti.              of heavy weapons. It is not
                                                                                                                                                   which the bonus decision was                     “Most of it is coming by         clear yet how the money
                                                                                                                                                   based are not associated with                 sea to Benghazi. It will            will be transferred to
                                                                                                                                                   this matter, I feel that declining            come in a week’s time and it        Libya.
                                                                                                                                                   the bonus is the right thing to               will be the rest of the $1.5           “Education and security
                                                                                                                                                   do,” Murdoch said in a state-                 billion,” Fathi Baja, head of       — these will take a large
                                                                                                                                                   ment.                                         the National Transitional
                                                                                                                                                      Compensation for Deputy                                                        chunk of the money,” said
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Council committee for polit-        Baja, referring to the $15
                                                                                                                                                   Chairman Chase Carey, News                    ical and international affairs
                                                                                                                                                   Corp’s highest-paid executive                 told Reuters.                       billion.
                                                                                                                                                   last year, rose 16 percent to                    “We need lots of                    Libya’s schools are due to
                                                                                                                                                   $30.2 million.                                finances.”                          start on Sept 17, despite
                                                                                                                                                      News of the raises may                        Now that NTC forces              bombed-out        classrooms,
                                                                                                                                                   prompt new questions about the                have overthrown Gaddafi,            scarce transport and a cur-
                                                                                                                                                   board’s oversight in light of the             Britain is releasing the            riculum based on Gaddafi’s
                                                                                                                                                   hacking scandal.                              money to ease a cash                green book — an account of
                                                                                                                                                      James Murdoch said he will                 crunch. The remainder will          his views of the world.
                                                                                                                                                   consult with the board’s com-                 be delivered shortly, Foreign          A portion of the money
                                                                                                                                                   mittee about whether a bonus                  Secretary William Hague             would be allocated to giving
                                                                                                                                                   may be appropriate later.                     said.                               medical care and limb
                                                                                                                                                      The compensation commit-                      A second NTC member              replacements to victims of
                                                                                                                                                   tee’s members are independent                 told Reuters that the British       land mines.
                                                                                                                                                   directors. One is Viet Dinh, a
                                                                                                                                                   former Justice Department assis-
                                                                                                                                                   tant attorney general, also is one
                                                                                                                                                   of the leaders of an internal com-
                                                                                                                                                   pany probe into the hacking
                                                                                                                                                   scandal.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          News in Brief
                                                                                                                                                      Another is Silicon Valley ven-
                                                                                                                                                   ture capitalist Thomas Perkins,
                                                                                                                                                   who is leaving the board.
                                                                                                                                                      Perkins said Friday that said             Police make new arrest:                    New memoir
                                                                                                                                                   he is not leaving the board                  British police arrested a 30-year-
                                                                                                                                                                                                old man on Friday in connection
                                                                                                                                                   because of the hacking scandal,
                                                                                                                                                   and said he supports Rupert
                                                                                                                                                                                                with the probe into phone hack-      Darling attacks
                                                                                                                                                                                                ing at the now-defunct Rupert
                                                                                                                                                   Murdoch and the board.
                                                                                                                                                      Perkins, a director since 1996,
                                                                                                                                                                                                Murdoch-owned tabloid the
                                                                                                                                                                                                News of the World.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ‘stupid’ bankers
People protest against a planned demonstration by the right-wing EDL (English Defense League), group in Tower Hamlets, east London, on
                                                                 Sept 3. (AFP)                                                                     said in an interview that he told               The suspect was questioned        LONDON, Sept 3, (AFP):
                                                                                                                                                   Murdoch earlier in the year he               on suspicions of                     Britain’s former finance minis-
                                                                                                                                                   did not want to stand for reelec-            phone hacking                        ter Alistair Darling has
                                                                                                                                                   tion this October.                           and perverting                       attacked “arrogant and stu-
                                          ‘Unduly lenient sentence quashed’                                                                           “I said I don’t think the board           the course of
                                                                                                                                                                                                justice after he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     pid” bankers in his new mem-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     oir of life during the most tur-
                                                                                                                                                   should have two 80-year olds                                                      bulent period of the financial
                                                                                                                                                   unless one of them owns the                  reported to a
                                                                                                                                                                                                London police                        crisis.

Court criticises Blair’s wife for leniency                                                                                                         company,” said Perkins, who
                                                                                                                                                   turns 80 later this year. Murdoch
                                                                                                                                                   turned 80 earlier this year.
                                                                                                                                                      Perkins said he offered to stay
                                                                                                                                                                                                station.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Police did not
                                                                                                                                                                                                identify the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Darling was particularly crit-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ical of some senior bankers,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     saying the former chief exec-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     utive of Royal Bank of
LONDON, Sept 3, (KUNA): The barrister working as a lawyer — and replaced it with                passed by Mrs Blair had been “unduly                                                            man, who is the
                                                                                                                                                   for a year if needed, but then               15th suspect                         Scotland        (RBS),     Fred
wife of former Labour prime minister Tony a three-and-a-half-year jail term. Lord lenient” and a “startling result.” The appeal helped recruit fellow Silicon                                                          Kuttner       Goodwin, “deserved to be a
                                                                                                                                                                                                detained on sus-
Blair was criticised by the Court of Appeal Pitchford, who sat in London with two court heard that Mrs Blair had imposed the Valley venture capitalist Jim                                      picion of phone hacking.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     pariah” for refusing to give up
Friday evening for not sending a cocaine other judges ordered Williams, 43, of suspended sentence after hearing argu- Breyer, 50, of Accel Partners, to                                            “The man, aged 30, was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     his pension after the bank
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     required a huge state bailout.
smuggler to jail when sitting as a judge at a Hanwell, west London, to surrender to ments from barrister Matthew Morgan, stand for election.                                                    arrested by appointment at a            In “Back From The Brink:
                                                                                                who represented Williams. “I don’t know                                                         North London Police Station,” a
Crown Court. Appeal judge Pitchford sug- police.                                                what spell you were casting in the Isleworth          Perkins’ decision not to stand                                                 1,000 Days At No 11”, Darling
                                                                                                                                                                                                Scotland Yard spokesman said.        said: “My worry is that they
gested that Cherie Blair’s decision to             Appeal judges quashed the sentence Crown Court,” Lord Pitchford told Morgan appeared controversial in light                                  He was released on bail until        (the bankers) were so arro-
impose a 12-month suspended sentence on imposed by Mrs Blair, who had been sitting at today’s hearing. “But this is a remarkable of the scandal at News Corp,                                   January.                             gant and stupid they might
Lee Williams, following a trial at Isleworth as a recorder — a part-time judge, after sentence is it not?”                                         especially when cast against                    The arrest came days after the    bring us all down.”
Crown Court, west London, earlier this lawyers                representing      Conservative                                                       another spying episode. In                   News of the World’s former              Darling            compared
                                                                                                  Lord Pitchford said cocaine smuggling
year, was “remarkable.”                          Attorney General Dominic Grieve asked had a “public dimension” and should nor- 2006, he Packard inboard of
                                                                                                                                                   Hewlett
                                                                                                                                                                quit the
                                                                                                                                                                              protest
                                                                                                                                                                                                managing editor Stuart Kuttner
                                                                                                                                                                                                was re-arrested as part of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Goodwin’s attitude to the cri-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     sis with someone “off to play
   The appeal court quashed the “unduly for a review. Bill Emlyn Jones, for the mally attract “lengthy” jail terms. “There is after the company spied on                                        long-running investigation.          a game of golf”, according to
lenient” sentence imposed by Mrs Blair — Attorney General — the Government’s a deficiency, in the respect of the recorder, directors and journalists to find                                       Murdoch shut the 168-year-        extracts from the book report-
who uses her maiden name Booth when chief legal adviser, argued that the sentence in her reasoning,” said Lord Pitchford.                          information leaks.                           old paper in July amid public        ed on the Labour Uncut web-
                                                                                                                                                                                                outcry after it emerged that a       site.
                                                                                                                                                                                                private investigator working for        The former finance minis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                the tabloid had hacked into the      ter, or Chancellor of the
   UN expresses regret at decision                                           Far-right activists                                                                                                voicemail of Milly Dowler, a         Exchequer, describes Andy
                                                                                                                                                                                                missing teenage girl who was         Hornby, chief executive of the
                                                                             protest in London                                                                                                                                       stricken HBOS, as “looking
‘Halt travellers eviction’
                                                                                                                                                                                                later found dead.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Questioned by a parliamentary     like he was about to explode”
                                                                            LONDON, Sept 3, (AP): Far-                                                                                                                               when confronted with the
                                                                            right protesters have clashed                                                                                       committee the same month,
                                                                                                                                                                                                Murdoch said he was “shocked,        scale of the banks’ difficulties.
GENEVA, Sept 3, (AFP): The            which would disproportionately        with London police during a                                                                                                                                 The book, which is to be
                                      affect the lives of the Gypsy and                                                                                                                         appalled and ashamed” when he
British government should halt                                              demonstration held despite a ban                                                                                    heard about the case, but denied     serialised by a Sunday news-
the planned eviction of members       Traveller families, particularly      on marches in six parts of                                                                                          he was personally responsible.       paper, will also give an insight
of the travelling community from      women, children and older peo-        Britain’s capital.                                                                                                     Police began investigating        into former prime minister
an unauthorised site, the UN said     ple,” the committee said in a            Home Secretary Theresa May                                                                                       phone hacking in 2006, a probe       Gordon Brown’s “brutal and
on Friday.                            statement.                            imposed the 30-day ban late last                                                                                                                         volcanic” demeanour.
                                                                                                                                                                                                which resulted in the jailing of a      Darling was finance minis-
   The       United       Nations        “We urge the authorities to find   month over fears of unrest at a                                                                                     private detective and the News       ter from 2007 to 2010, when
Committee on the Elimination          a peaceful and appropriate solu-      march planned by the English                                                                                        of the World’s royal editor the      Brown’s Labour government
of      Racial     Discrimination     tion, including identifying cultur-   Defense League on Saturday.                                                                                         following year. Despite a steady     was voted out of power.
expressed its “deep regret” at        ally appropriate accommodation,          But hundreds of members                                                                                          stream of new claims, police did
the decision to remove the trav-      with full respect for the rights of   went ahead with a so-called                                                                                         not reopen the probe until
ellers from Dale Farm in Essex,       the families involved.”               “static demonstration” in the                                                                                       January this year.                   and the News of the World’s for-
eastern England, where they              The group said the evictions                                                                                                                              A series of high-profile fig-     mer editor Andy Coulson, who
                                                                            Tower Hamlets area.                                                                                                 ures have been arrested, includ-
began settling about a decade         may breach articles 2 and 5 of the       Some threw bottles and            Members of the right-wing EDL (English Defense League), chant                                                       later became Prime Minister
                                                                                                                                                                                                ing former News International
ago.                                  International Convention on the       scuffled with police officers        slogans as they enter Kings Cross underground station in central               chief executive Rebekah Brooks       David Cameron’s press chief.
   “We call on the government to      Elimination of All Forms of           surrounding them to keep con-        London after gathering at the station ahead of their protest in                                                     (AFP)
suspend the planned eviction,         Racial Discrimination.                trol.                                           Whitechapel, east London on Sept 3. (AFP)

								
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