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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 6, 2002 - 7

Pearl's killer faces trial in Pakistan

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) - A Pakistani court yes-
terday set aside a petition to prevent the handover of
the key suspect in the slaying of Wall Street Journal
reporter Daniel Pearl to the United States, after the
government promised not to do so in violation of the
law, the prosecutor said.
The government promise appeared to leave the
door open to handing over British-born Ahmed
Omar Saeed Sheikh through means in accordance
with Pakistani law.
Interior Ministry spokesman Abdul Rasheed Khan
said the law requires defendants facing charges in Pak-
istan to be tried at home first before being transferred

to any other country.
In the capital, Islamabad, President Gen. Pervez
Musharraf's spokesman said the United States had
been formally notified of Pakistan's decision to try
Saeed here first. The spokesman, Maj. Gen.
Rashid Quereshi, said the notification had been
conveyed to the U.S. Embassy, which declined to
comment.
With no extradition treaty between the United States
and Pakistan, officials have been trying to find a legal
way to hand over Saeed, believed to have planned the
kidnapping of Pearl, South Asia bureau chief for the
Wall Street Journal. The government here has made no

unequivocal pledge to do so.
Pearl was kidnapped here Jan. 23 while researching
links between Pakistani extremists and Richard Reid,
who was arrested in December on a Paris-Miami flight
he allegedly boarded with explosives in his sneakers. A
tape received Feb. 22 showed Pearl dead. His body has
not been found.
Sadia, the wife of Saeed, asked the court Friday
to block moves to hand over her husband. Yester-
day, the government lawyers assured the court that
Saeed won't be handed over to any "foreign
authority or officer" in violation to the law, chief
prosecutor Raja Quereshi said.

WHITE
Continued from Page 1
Schwartz Sax said she wanted to get
White's personal perspective on why
the University is taking a long time to
settle their negotiations with the GEO.
Education graduate student and Stu-
dents of Color of Rackham member
Xavier Coro a said he wanted to
"meet President White so we can start
working together to promote student
success ... and bypass the middle man
in communicating student concerns."
Students Were interested in having
input in what the new president should
be like.
"I'd like to see some sort of com-

mitment from the administration
with sustainability issues," Schwartz
Sax said. "We have an enormous
ecological footprint on our area and
a great responsibility to foster our
environment."
"(White's) really in tune with stu-
dents," Panhellenic Association Presi-
dent and LSA junior Monica Rose
said. "It's really refreshing that he
replies individually to e-mails. His
actions speak a lot louder than words."
Some other students wanted to
know what White does outside of the
president's office.
"I hope he's a runner and I want to
find out if he does the 5K fun run,"
said LSA sophomore Dustin Oswald.

CONYERS
Continued from Page 1
a federal immigration judge have
been ordered closed to the public
after his case's classification by the
Justice Department as a "special
interest" case, which refers to cases
connected to the government's inves-
tigations into the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks.
Conyers, along with the Detroit
Free Press and the Michigan branch
of the American Civil Liberties
Union, have sued the government to
open up the case on First and Sixth
Amendment grounds. They are also
asserting that closing the hearings is
unconstitutional.
The government has fought the
suit, arguing that there is no constitu-
tional right of access to a removal
hearing and that, even if there were,
UNITED WAY
Continued from Page 1
White noted that many faculty,
staff and students had voiced con-
cern to him about the matter. Despite
community pressure, the University
did not withdraw from the charity,
although they did apply significant
pressure to the organization.
Many students have pressured the
University to withdraw from the
United Way.
The Michigan Student Assembly
GEO
Continued from Page 1
that," GEO Secretary and Rackham
student Dan Pugh said. "Proving that it
happened is a lot harder than prevent-
ing it from happening."
Also at last night's bargaining ses-
sion, the GEO issued a counter-pro-
posal on contract language which
would specify how to post jobs so that
they are available to all qualified grad-

national security warrants a closed
hearing.
"The closure directive is amply jus-
tified by the exigent circumstances
presented by the unprecedented Sep-
tember 11 attacks on United States
soil and the (Justice) Department's
compelling need to avoid disclosures
about immigration detainees appre-
hended through its terrorism investi-
gations which could convey
important information about the
investigations' focus and status," U.S.
Attorney Jeffrey Collins of the East-
ern District of Michigan wrote, along
with attorneys from the Justice
Department's Office of Immigration
Litigation, in a brief filed in the U.S.
District Court in Detroit.
Dance said national security is the
only reason he has ever heard cited as
a reason for closing an immigration
hearing.
passed a resolution last semester
encouraging the University to look
for alternative charities because
they thought the Boy Scouts actions
conflicted with the Universities
nondiscrimination policies.
"I was very pleased with White's e-
mail, considering how well the United
Way supports local activities, and how
difficult it was to find other organiza-
tions that do the same work in the
community," said Ben Conway, Co-
Chair of MSA's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
and Transgender Affairs Commission.
uate students.
Both sides agreed they are close to
agreeing on that issue. If they did
reach an agreement, it would be the
fifth agreement between the GEO and
the University since negotiations start-
ed in October.
The other agreements include a fam-
ily-care provision allowing GSIs to use
their sick time to care for family mem-
bers and an update in the contract lan-
guage.

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Blanca Morales of East Chicago, Ind., left, and Lou Costello of Steubenville,
Ohio, take part in a United Steelworkers Union rally In support of the steel
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Presi-
dent Bush slapped hefty tariffs of up
to 30 percent on a range of steel
imports yesterday, suggesting it
would help ailing U.S. steelmakers
get back on their feet. The action
could raise prices on products
including cars and appliances and
drew sharp criticism from U.S. trad-
ing partners.
Bush stopped short of giving the
industry the 40 percent across-the-
board tariffs it sought and declined
to support an industry-proposed
$10 billion bailout of pension and
health care benefits for retired
steelworkers whose companies
have gone bankrupt.
Still, his three-year package was
generally applauded by both the steel
industry and its workers.
"It's some light at the end of a very
dark .tunnel," said Leo Gerard, presi-
dent of the United Steelworkers of
America.
Acting on long-running com-
plaints from domestic steel pro-
ducers and steelworkers' unions,
Bush imposed a three-year plan of
tariffs of 8 percent to 30 percent
on imported steel, depending upon
the type.
He said his decision would "help
give America's steel industry and its

workers the chance to adapt to the
large influx of foreign steel."
Foreign steel exporters immediate-
ly protested.
"The U.S. decision to go down the
route of protectionism is a major set-
back for the world trading system,"
European Union Trade Commission-
er Pascal Lamy said.
He told reporters the EU would
challenge the decision before the
World Trade Organization.
Asked about the prospects of trade
wars over his actions, Bush told
reporters that international trade
rules permit such temporary tariffs to
protect battered industries.
"We're a free trading nation and
in order to remain a free trading
nation we must enforce law. That's
exactly what I did," he said. Bush
said steel imports "were severely
affecting our industry, an important
industry."
Steel prices are at a 20-year low
and more than 30 U.S. steel mills
have filed for bankruptcy protection
in the past four years.
The action will inevitably bring
some price increases to U.S. con-
sumers, even its defenders
agreed.
But the administration said it
could not calculate by how much.

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MSA
Continued from Page 1
to say that we should not be
involved in political discussion is
ridiculous," Harris said.
"Even the University is taking a
stance on (affirmative action), so it
only follows that we should," Harris
added.
But MSA President Matt Nolan
said that when he was elected he
promised his constituents he would
deal with issues directly important
to them.
"That does not include political
issues," Nolan said. "Debating polit-
ical issues, no matter how promi-
nent on campus, accomplishes
absolutely nothing."
Harris said the resolution sup-
porting affirmative action will show
the administration that students
support the issues the University is
fighting for.
Interim President B. Joseph White
also addressed MSA at last night's
meeting, discussing his general pri-
orities during his term.
White said his goals include sus-
APA
Continued from Page 1
We are here to see in what ways we
can contribute and leave a legacy
for those who follow us," Weng
said.
Weng spoke about her experience
as a child growing up in war-torn
China and her transition from
teacher to activist. Until her retire-
ment two years ago, when she first
began to take an active part in the
Asian community, Weng said she
rarely faced the issue of racism.
"Activism and empowerment took
on a new meaning for me once I
moved into the community to con-
tinue what I had been teaching in
the classroom," she said.
"If you don't give out in a posi-
tive manner, then you stagnate and
fall behind. You will become a very
self-centered and very sad person,"
Weng added.
Ishmael Ahmed, co-founder of
the Arab Community Center for'
Economic and Social Services, also
spoke at the kickoff, reminding stu-
dents of the importance the Univer-
sity plays in the Asian rights
movement.
APA "has been really on the fore-

taining former President Lee
Bollinger's programs, especially the
Life Sciences initiative and improv-
ing the University's facilities with-
out significantly raising tuition.
White also said he would like to
provide a safe campus during this
"unsettling period in our nation's
history."
White said that the affirmative
action lawsuits are a top priority for
the University, adding that "whatev-
er the outcome, we need to continue
our commitment to a very diverse,
talented student body."
He also said that while he is opti-
mistic that the labor negotiations
between the University and GEO are
resolvable, both sides are losing
time and need to commit themselves
to reaching a solution.
Nolan said White's guest appear-
ance helped MSA realize how much
it can achieve at the University.
"Over the past two months we've
had many different administrators
come to the meetings," Nolan said.
"The more we do that ... we can
understand our relationship with the
University."

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important part of our lives at the
University," APA member Avani
Kothary said.
"We want people to recognize
that we have a history in the U.S. as
well."
The celebration of Asian heritage
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Jeanie Jew, who claimed that Asian
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