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Kissinger meets with
Costa Rican officials

The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 12, 1983 - Page 7

Publicity delays murder
trial of feminist leader

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) - Henry
Kissinger said yesterday the United
States is dedicated to democracy in
Central America and hinted he may
recommend increasing U.S. aid to the
area.
"We are dedicated to democracy,
social justice, economic progress and
security for all the peoples of this
area," the former secretary of state
said in a brief arrival statement.
BEFORE LEAVING Panama earlier
in the day, he said Central America "is
an area in which a relatively small sum
of money can make a difference."
He said U:S. officials will seriously
consider Panama's request for more
aid, which the government says is
needed to keep rebel violence in neigh-
boring countries from spreading.
Costa Rica, a peaceful democracy
that fears being drawn into the political
violence engulfing its neighbors, is
the second stop on a six-day trip by the
bipartisan commission Kissinger
heads.
PRESIDENT REAGAN appointed
the 12-member panel to make recom-

mendations on U.S. policy in Central
America. The group, which is staying
about one day in each of the six coun-
tries it is visiting, will turn in a report
to the White House Jan. 1.
"We are dedicated to the proposition
that the long-term objectives of the
United States as well as the long-term
objectives of our friends in Central
America cannot change with political
forces," Kissinger said. "It is in this
spirit that we have come here to learn
and it is in that spirit that we will write
our report."
Kissinger said the commissioners
will "not be meeting in any countries
with any people engaged in guerilla
warfare," but they may meet with
some Nicaraguan exiles not engaged in
rebel activities.
ON MONDAY, Panamanian
President Ricardo de la Espriella told
Kissinger the violence is "getting
closer" and might start in Panama if
conditions deteriorate. He asked for
more U.S. aid, and Kissinger told
reporters at Panama City airport
before leaving for San Jose that the,

Kissinger
...aid makes a difference
commission would consider the
request.
Monge said his country, which
abolished its army in 1948, is having a
difficult time staying out of a bloody
dispute in neighboring Nicaragua.
Nicaragua claims the United States is
helping one group of rebel exiles, based
in Honduras, and another based in
Costa Rica in their fight to overthrow
the ruling leftist Sandinista junta.

From AP and UPI
GRETNA, La. - The trial of Califor-
nia feminist leader Ginny Foat on
charges of committing murder 18 years
ago was postponed for a month yester-
day by a judge who cited pre-trial
publicity and lost time for legal
preparation.
State District Judge Robert Burns
said recent newspaper articles
questioning the availability of a witness
in the 1965 killing could prejudice poten-
tial jurors. He also said attorneys had
to spend time recently preparing pre-
trial motions, leaving them with little
time to prepare their cases.
"I THINK there would be an injustice
to both sides if we were to go to trial
today," said Burns.
He ordered the trial to start Nov. 7.
Foat, 42, of Los Angeles, a past
president of the California chapter of
the National Organization for Women,
is charged with murdering Argentine

businessman Moises Chayo in 1965
when she worked as a "go-go girl" at a
bar in nearby New Orleans.
SHE REMAINS free on $125,000 bond.
Foat refused to comment as she
walked out of the courthouse with her
attorneys, but friend and fellow
California feminist leader Kay Tsenin
said Foat was disappointed.
"In Ginny's mind, the quicker she
can get her case in front of the jury, the
quicker she can be acquitted," she said.
BURNS SAID there have been just
six working days for defense lawyers to
concentrate on preparing for the trial
since the state Supreme Court on Sept.
30 rejected a move to quash the indic-
tment.
The justices refused to overturn a
ruling that the six years between 1977,
when Foat was charged with murder,
and last January's indictment did not
violate her right to a speedy trial.
In citing pretrial publicity, Burns did

not specify any particular report.
HOWEVER, THE defense had com-
plained about a report in Monday's The
Times-Picayune, The States-Item. The
lawyers' primary objection was the
headline, "Prosecution can't find wit-
ness who heard Foat talk of slaying."
The prosecution's key witness,
brought here last Saturday, is Foat's
former husband. John Sidote, a convict
with a history of violence and
alcoholism. He is serving time in -ta
Nevada prison in Carson City.
According to Sidote, Chayo was the
first of two men killed by Foat during
robberies they staged to finance their
travels in 1965.
The other was Donald Fitting, a
vacationing San Francisco hotelman
whose body was found on a roadside
near Lake Tahoe, Nev., on Dec. 19, 1965,
eight days after Chao's body was found
in Metairie, just outside New Orleans.

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