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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, January 10, 1980-Page 11'
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Saudi Arabia beheads 63

convicted of

seizing mosque

PUT'EI
lUST FO

A AWAY
If you can live without
your cigarettes for one
day. you might find you
can live without them
forever.
R ADAY.o

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP)-
Saudi executioners in eight cities
yesterday beheaded 63 of the religious
zealots who seized the Grand Mosque in
Meccas, Islam's holiest shrine, last
November, the official Saudi news
agency said.
The executions were decreed by King
9haled after the country's religious
leaders issued an edict specifying the
crime of attacking the mosque was
punishable by death in accordance with
the Koran, the Moslem holy book.
Beheading is the traditional method
of execution in Saudi Arabia, and is
usually carried out in public.
THE BEHEADING of the mosque at-
tackers was carried out in a number of
areas in the vast desert kingdom in an
apparent move to show that the
0jthorities were in full control of the
situation.
Those executed included Juhaiman
Bin Seif, the military commander of the
fanatic Mahdist group which attacked
the mosque. He was a member of the
dissident southern Saudi tribe of Al
Otaiba.
The announcement said 41 of those
executed were Saudi citizens. The
others┬░ were 10 Egyptians, six South
Lemenis, three Kuwaitis and one each
rom North Yemen, Sudan and Iraqu.
EARLIER, THE Saudi government
said foreigners in the group had acted
out of religious conviction and no
foreign powers were involved in the
mosque affair.
The group's overall leader, Moham-
med Bin Abdullah Al Qahtani, self-
styled messiah of the Shiite branch of
Islam, was killed during the two-week
siege of the Grand Mosque by Saudi
oops, after its seizure by the religious
slots.
The attack- on the mosque occurred
in the early hours of last Nov. 20 as the
Moslem world was celebrating the ad-
vent of the 14th century of the Islamic
lunar calendar. The Grand Mosque is
inside a 38-acre compound housing the
Kabaa, which Moslems believe was
built by the prophet Abraham.
THE GUNMEN sneaked into the
' osque during dawn prayers; held
bout 50 hostages, including some
Dorm fo4
-ContinPed from Page 1)
food merger seems to be going
smoothly, and they add they have had
few complaints.
But at least one administrator is not
pleased. Carl Cristoph, Hill area food
service director, said he is "'not happy"
*rith the operation.
"I'm not real excited about it," he
said, "but I'm just doing my job."
RESIDENTS WHO have' to walk to
get their weekend meals appear more
upset with the system than those
residents who host the hundreds of
hungry trekkers. But several students
at Couzens were angry with their guests
from Alice Lloyd.
"They abuse the cafeteria alot,"
laimed Russ Rudd, who works in the
ouzens cafeteria.
OTHER RESIDENTS complain the
merging of the populace of two halls
makes for an uncomfortable eating at-
mosphere.
"It tends to destroy the community of
the dorm," said John Douglass, a
resident director of Alice Lloyd.

Saudi government officials, and
demanded at gunpoint that their leader
Qahtani he recognized as the messiah.
Saudi troops and special security for-
ces finally flushed the gunmen out of
their positions in the mosque's rooms
and corridors to the courtyard, then to
its underground tunnels.
The Interior Ministry gave the
following updated casualty figures for
the mosque battle:
SECURITY FORCES: 127 dead and
451 wounded.

Attackers: 75 killed in battle, 27 dead
in hospital later and 15 bodies found in
the tunnels-total dead 117.
The total number of attackers
arrested was given as 143. Of these, 63
were executed, 19 have been sentenced
to prison terms, 38 were released as in-
nocent, while 23 women and children
will be sent to corrective institutions
"to be taught how to be good Moslems."
The attack on the Grand Mosque
sparked violent anti-American riots in
several Moslem countries, after the

Iranian leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini, blamed the United States
and Zionism for it. Two Americans
were killed when a mob attacked and
set fire to the American Embassy in
Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan.
Shortly after the attack on the
mosque, the Saudi government
replaced the commanders of its
security forces and the police, apparen-
tly for their failure to anticipate the ac-
tion.

Ford trial jury nearly selected

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WINAMAC, Ind. (UPI) - Neither
side in the reckless homicide trial of
Ford Motor Co. would say yesterday
whether they would seek testimony
from the sole survivor of a fiery Ford
Pinto accident that killed three
teenagers.
The three teen-age girls were killed
on a road near Goshen when their
stalled Pinto was struck in the rear by a
van and burst into flames. The driver of
the van was the only survivor of the ac-
cident.
CHARGES FILED against Ford in
the case allege faulty design made the
Pinto gas tanks susceptible to ex-
plosions in rear-end collisions.
Jury selection continued yesterday in
the Pulaski Circuit Court trial of the
nation's No. 2 automaker. Three more
jurors were seated, bringing the panel
to eight.
Both sides said they hoped a jury of 12
plus three alternates might be com-
pleted by Thursday.
Elkhart County Prosecutor Michael
Cosentino declined Wednesday to say if
he would call the driver of the van,
Robert D. Duggar, 21, Goshen, as a wit-
ness.
Ford attorneys said they had not
decided whether they would call
Duggar to testify.
Earlier yesterday, one prospective
juror was dismissed by the prosecution
after she raised q'uestions about the in-
dictment of Ford and not the van

driver.
"IT SEEMS TO me that an individual
was responsible," said prospective
juror Mary Korner. "Just from what
I've heard or read, it seems like they
are suing the wrong person."
The prosecution also rejected another
potential juror, Chester Poor, who said,/

"Any car will explode if it is hit just
right."
Once testimony begins, Ford attor-
neys are expected to challenge the con-
stitutionality of a 1977 state law on
which the indictment was based. The
law allows businesses to be prosecuted
on criminal charges.

Feds giving fuel funds to
poor who pay no oil bills

WASHINGTON (AP)-Thousands
of the nation's poor who live in in-
stitutions and have no heating bills to
pay are receiving federal fuel assistan-
ce checks anyway this winter, the
government acknowledged yesterday.
Most of the poor who receive Sup-
plemental Security Income (SSI)
payments also are receiving the
checks-a onetime payment ranging up
to $250 each-under the new "energy
crisis assistance program" approved
by Congress last November.
THE RECIPIENTS are getting the
checks regardless of their living
arrangements because the government
wanted to implement the program
quickly, a spokeswoman said.
As a result, some SSI recipients-the
aged, blind or disabled poor-who live
in foster care homes or certain nursing
homes and do not pay separate fuel bills

od merger irks
One of the consequences of the The fo
program is that many people are just
skipping their weekend meals, rather was appr
than face what those students feel is the', ts, who a
inconvenience of eating at another by the stu
dormitory. Judy Messrhore, a Mosher advisory
Jordan resident, said she has only eaten students
at Markley twice because "there are residence
just too many people." evaluates
NORM SNUSTAD, associate director services
of housing, said absenteeism for Sep- housing d
tember and October for all residence measure
halls, grew an average of only .035 per bysthet
cent from the same period in 1978. Associat
But figures compiled by Carl said he w
Cristoph, the food service director of vote.
the Hill area residence halls, show that BUT T
in the first ten weeks of last semester, students
weekend meal attendance of Mosher- marknext inwee
Jordan students fell off 19 per cent from mittee w
last year. Snustead was quick to point that the v
out the figure doesn't take into con- should be
sideration the fact many Mosher- One of
Jordan's residents eat their weekend ported th
meals at Stockwell, accounting at least Mack, aj
partly for the high absence rate,.ad"ti

many
od service consolidation plan
oved last winter by the Regen-
acted upon a recommendation
udent rate study committee, an
committee comprised of four
and two staff persons from
e halls. The committee
s the cost and feasibility of
offered to students by the
department. The consolidation
was unanimously supported
rate study committee, and
e Housing Director Snustad
vas "surprised" by the student
'HE feeling of the irritated
appears to 'have. made its
a report to be made public
k, the student rate study com-
ill recommend to the Regents
weekend food service program
discontinued.
the few comments which sup-
e program came from Cheryl
junior in Mosher-Jordan, who
sa good way to save money."

still will receive fuel assistance
payments. scorsMohr O1f
Cecil Frank, a spokeswoman for the
Social Security Administration, which $5 x,<, N
administers the fuel assistance
progrram, said the checks were mailed x y''<'..a.E s4;
deliberately without regard for the
recipients' living arrangements.
'THE WORK IT would take to.........K
distinguish between SSI recipients >'' <y= _ "
would be so time-consuming that the #a ,,,g w _.r >
funds might not get to people in time to ".........Y
do any good," she said. ___ 4PLUM . .. .
The fuel assistance program is ex-
pected to cost $1.35 billion. Of the total, ULTR A1ArI-'
$1.2 billion is being distributed by the FAINE
Department of Health, Education and$FLAIR
Welfare as energy allowances and $400 . 3.
million is allotted to SSI recipients.
Estimates of the number of persons
involved who do not incur heating ex- ; 4 uy
penses of their own were unavailable. v N
MEDICAL SCHOOLxwE,'.'.
FOR YOU i.AOQ4
First year openings in Feb., May, and ;I
Sept. 1980 in a new fully accredited
English Speaking Foreign Medical
School for holders of Bachelor's Y ' '"
degrees. There are also Advanced
standing classes for holders of cer-
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and professional degrees. Some w..┬░.".# .
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For Information Call or Write:M.
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