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Pakistan detaining al-Qaida men NEWSIBRIEF
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) - Pak- rogation that his name was Abdullah. mark, German Interior Minister Otto was apprehended during the raid JERUSALEM
istan confirmed Saturday it was holding Pakistani authorities were awaiting Schily said Saturday he will ask for Wednesday - the anniversary of the "
about a dozen foreigners arrested this details about the man's family origins Binalshibh's extradition. Schily said Sept. 11 terrorist attacks - at an Bush says Palestinians need statehood
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members, including one who U.S.
authorities say was a key planner of the
Sept. 11 attacks in the United States.
A government official, speaking on
condition of anonymity, said there
were "very, very strong suspicions"
that the group included Ramzi Binal-
shibh, a roommate of hijack leader
Mohamed Atta in Germany. The FBI
believes Binalshibh was to have been
the 20th hijacker but was denied entry
into the United States.
In Washington, U.S. officials, speak-
ing on condition of anonymity, said
they were convinced the man was
Binalshibh. The Pakistani official said
the suspect kept insisting under inter:
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Speaking to reporters, Interior Min-
ister Moinuddin Haider did not come
out and say that Binalshibh was in cus-
tody. However, when told that media
reports from the United States identi-
fied the man as Binalshibh, Haider
said the reports "must be right."
The government statement said the
foreigners were apprehended and two
were killed during raids here Monday
night and Wednesday morning. "Two
out of those arrested are suspected to
be high-level al-Qaida men and their
identity is being confirmed," the state-
Interviewed at a conference in Den-
lied like to see tum tried in Germany,
where he was believed to be part of a
Hamburg-based cell of hijackers that
plotted the Sept. 11 attacks.
German Justice Minister Herta Dae-
bler-Gmelin said German authorities
will cooperate with other countries
who may want custody of Binalshibh.
Should the United States seek to
gain custody of Binalshibh, which
seems likely, an extradition to Ger-
many beforehand could raise serious
legal snarls. Germany, like other Euro-
pean Union partners, customarily has
refused to send prisoners in its custody
to countries where they could face the
The man believed to be Binalshibh
apartment house in an upscale neigh-
borhood of this teeming city of more
than 12 million.
Those in the apartment fired
grenades and automatic weapons at
police, triggering a four-hour gunbattle
which left two of the Islamic militants
dead and seven policemen wounded.
A senior army officer said he visited
the interrogation center Saturday
where the captives were being held.
The officer, speaking on condition of
anonymity, said prisoners were
strapped to chairs and blindfolded dur-
The man believed to be Binalshibh
was uncooperative and kept insisting
"my name is Abdullah."
Germany seeks extradition of suspects
In his first-ever discussion with a Palestinian Authority official, President Bush
said statehood is a prerequisite for ending Palestinian suffering, the official said
Bush met several times with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon but has
refused to meet with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat or his aides, calling his
regime corrupt and linked to terror. In a June speech, Bush called for Arafat's
The conversation between Bush and Nabil Shaath, the Palestinian minister for
international cooperation and planning, occurred Thursday during a reception
Bush held for heads of state and representatives in New York, where the U.N.
General Assembly is meeting.
Shaath said the two spoke for about seven minutes. He said Bush reiterated his
support for an independent and economically viable Palestinian state.
"He (Bush) told me he meant every word, that this was the minimum that the
Palestinian people deserved, that there can be no end to the suffering of the Pales-
tinian people without achieving this independent state," Shaath said.
Shaath and the Palestinian representative to the U.N., Nasser el Kidwa,
received a last-minute invitation to attend the reception, Shaath said.
Congress to pass Homeland Security bill
The Senate majority leader said yesterday that Congress will pass legislation
before the November elections creating a Homeland Security Department despite
a dispute over the president's power to hire and fire agency workers.
President Bush is threatening to veto the bill, which the GOP-led House passed
and the Democratic-controlled Senate is considering, unless it gives him flexibili-
ty over the estimated 170,000 employees that would become part of the Cabinet
"I can't believe he'd veto a bill over the issue of accountability," said Sen. Tom
Daschle, (D-S.D.). "I can't believe he'd veto the bill over the issue of politicization
of the federal work force."
Daschle has called Bush's proposal "a power grab of unprecedented magnitude"
that would undermine the government's nonpolitical civil service system and
threaten labor union rights and protections for one-third of the workers.
The White House says the new department needs broader powers to hire, fire,
promote or demote and pay employees, and to waive union rights in matters of
national security, to meet emerging terrorist threats.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - Germany will
seek the extradition of a key al-Qaida suspect from
Pakistan - a move that could cause conflict with the
United States, a top German official said Saturday.
As top German and U.S. justice officials discussed
ways to streamline anti-terrorist activities, German
Interior Minister Otto Schily said he will seek the
extradition of Ramzi Binalshibh, who was caught in
Pakistan earlier this week along with a group of al-
Schily said he would like to see Binalshibh tried in
Germany, where he was believed to be part of the
cell of hijackers that plotted the Sept. 11 attacks in
the United States.
It was not immediately clear how Germany's extra-
dition request would affect U.S. plans for Binalshibh.
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft also was in
the Danish capital for the meeting of 15 European
Union justice ministers. It was the first time an
American attorney general has met with his EU
Ashcroft declined to comment when asked about
the arrest and whether the United States wants to
extradite Binalshibh as well. In a speech, he did not
address the developments and instead cited increased
cooperation with EU countries on terrorism.
"We're discussing the possibility of an unprece-
dented agreement on extradition and mutual legal
assistance between the EU and the United States,"
Trying to highlight the spirit of cooperation
between the United States and the EU, Schily said
the request for extradition would come second to
joint efforts to combat international terrorism.
"If there are competing claims then we are going
to sort them out," Schily said.
Binalshibh is known to have had close contact
with Sept. 11 hijackers Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-
Shehhi and Zaid Jarrah, and lived with Atta in an
apartment in Hamburg, where the Sept. 11 cell is
believed to have plotted. German Federal Prosecutor
Kay Nehm has said Binalshibh was to have piloted a
fourth plane on Sept. 11, but was unable to get a visa
to the United States.
Should the United States seek to gain custody of
Binalshibh - which seems likely - an extradition
to Germany beforehand could raise serious legal
snarls. Germany, like other EU partners, customarily
has refused to send prisoners in its custody to coun-
tries where they could face the death penalty.
Two weeks ago, Germany told Washington it will
not share evidence on Sept. 11 suspect Zacarias
Moussaoui unless it is assured that it will not be used
to secure a death penalty.
Despite the potential problems, German Justice
Minister Herta Daebler-Gmelin fully backed the
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Journalists lose right
to cover suspects
The U.S. government has tight-
ened restrictions onmedia covering
the 598 terrorism suspects being
held at the Navy base at Guantanamo
Interviews with U.S. military person-
nel are being monitored by media
escorts, who accompany journalists to
most places on the base, including
bathrooms and vending machines. The
media also has been barred from speak-
ing without authorization to civilians
working on the base.
"During times of war, we give up
certain rights," Lt. Col. Joe Hoey, the
spokesman for the detention mission,
Before a four-day media trip to cover
Sept. 11 ceremonies on the remote U.S.
base in eastern Cuba, American and
foreign journalists were told they would
be allowed to photograph services but
were then barred from filming or taking
Ni erian adulteress
to be stoned to death
When her time to die comes, con-
victed adulteress Amina Lawal will be
buried up to her neck in sand. When
only her head remains exposed, those
watching will be invited to throw
stones until the 30-year-old single
mother is dead.
"As they throw, they will be calling
'God is great,"' court official Ibrahim
Abdullahi says, outlining procedure for
the first in a string of executions by ston-
ing in Nigeria's Islamic northern states.
. Lawal and others of a growing num-
ber of men and women on Nigeria's
Shariah death row have emerged as
pawns in a political battle for power in
Nigeria - one that high-ranking civil
and religious figures feel has gotten out
The rush in Nigeria's north to impose
the harshest possible sentences under
Islamic law has laid bare the split
between Nigeria's predominantly Muslim
north and predominantly Christian south.
Bod lremains date
tO poleonic wars
The skeletal remains of 100 more
soldiers from Napoleon's ill-fated army
that invaded Russia in 1812 have been
uncovered at a site in Lithuania, archae-
The latest bodies were found about
100 yards from the mass grave. acci-
dentally discovered a year ago by
road construction crews at a new
housing development in central Vil-
nius, the capital of this ex-Soviet
"This time we were quite sure we'd
find something. It was expected," Arunas
Barkus, a Lithuanian archaeologist said
Friday by cell phone from inside the
excavation pit. He said bones and skulls
were poking through the sand.
Shards of French soldiers' uniforms
and buttons also were found at the
site, which Barkus said is in the shad-
ow of a new apartment building.
At least 3,000 other skeletons could be
in the new grave - about the size of a
large swimming pool - which was
found as scientists resumed searching the
area this week.
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