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Giuliani's firm
lobbied for group
U.S. calls a threat

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Administration:
Ethiopian party
hurts anti-terror
efforts
By ERIC LIPTON
and RUSS BUETTNER
The New York Times
WASHINGTON - Although
Rudolph W. Giuliani is campaign-
ing as President Bush's staunch
ally in the war on terror, his law
office has lobbied Congress on
behalf of legislation that the Bush
administration calls a threat to
anti-terrorism efforts in the Horn
of Africa.
Giuliani was not personally
involved in the lobbying last year
on behalf of the company's client,
the American wing of a dissident
Ethiopian political party known
as the Coalition for Unity and
Democracy, leaders of the group
said.
But the firm, Bracewell & Giu-
liani, used Giuliani's name in its
pitch to win the assignment, and
his clout was a reason it landed
the job, said Seyoum Solomon, an
Ethiopian-American from Mary-
land who helped negotiate the
deal.
"He is a popular Republican, a
good friend of the president, and
he might have some influence on
the State Department," Solomon
said to explain the hiring decision.
The legislation sought by the
dissidents proposes restrictions in
American aid if Ethiopia does not
agree to share power with opposi-
tion parties and take other steps
promoting democracy. As part of
its work, the Giuliani group set up
a meeting at the White House last
year, at which the administration
was urged to consider the view-
point of a consortium of Ethiopian
political parties that included
Solomon's group as well as a more
militant rebel organization.

The Ethiopian effort demon-
strates the complications Giuliani
confronts as he simultaneously
runs for president and remains a
name partner in a law firm that
lobbies in Washington. He is the
only Republican candidate who
remains engaged in business pur-
suits.
The Bush administration sup-
ports the government in Ethiopia
as a bulwark against terrorism
and has characterized the legisla-
tion as a liability in that effort.
A White House spokesman
declined comment on Bracewell
& Giuliani's role. A State Depart-
ment official described the legis-
lation that the firm helped to push
as detrimental. "The reality is, in
fact, it does harm a relationship"
with an ally, the official said.
The Ethiopian opposition has
many supporters in Congress, in
part because of concerns about
the existing government's reputa-
tion for repression. Even the Bush
administration is not critical of
the coalition as an organization
and has refrained from classify-
ing as terrorists the more militant
opposition parties in the consor-
tium that some coalition leaders
helped establish.
Buttheadministrationbelieves,
said one State Department official
who was not authorized to speak
on the record about the matter,
that the existing government is
making progress toward creat-
ing a democratic government and
has helped to combat an extremist
Islamic insurgency in neighboring
Somalia, where it has sent troops
and worked to aid American oper-
ations against Qaida suspects.
Maria Comella, a spokeswom-
an for the Giuliani campaign, said
Giuliani's views were not neces-
sarily consistent with the lobby-
ing stands taken in Washington
by Bracewell & Giuliani.
"At the end of the day, the may-
or's position and ideas on the cam-
paign trail are his own," Comella
said.

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ibbons had been of Lords met with al-Bashir and the
teacher sent the president a state-
ailed for letting ment saying she didn't mean to
offend anyone with her class proj-
dents name bear ect.
"I have a great respect for the
Islamic religion and would not
knowingly offend anyone," Gib-
ARTOUM, Sudan (AP) - A bons said in the statement, which
teacher jailed for letting was released by al-Bashir's office
udents name a teddy bear and read to journalists by British
mmad as part of writing proj- Baroness Sayeeda Warsi.
aded home yesterday after "I am looking forward to seeing
pardoned - ending a casethat my family and friends, but I am
an international outcry and very sorry that I will be unable to
ed many moderate Muslims. return to Sudan," Gibbons wrote.
incident was the latest in Al-Bashir insisted Gibbons had
e relationship between the a fair trial, in which she was con-
nd Sudanese President Omar victed of insulting Islam's Prophet
hir, an Islamic hard-liner Muhammad, but the president
as been accused by the United agreed to pardon her during the
is of dragging his feet on the meeting with the British delega-
'ment of peacekeepers to the tion, said Ghazi Saladdin, a senior
-y's war-torn Darfur region. presidential adviser.
ian Gibbons, jailed for more The 54-year-old Gibbons flew
week, was freed after two out of the country Monday eve-
m members of Britain's House ning, landing several hours later in

Dubai. She was expected in Lon-
don this morning.
Gibbons slept for much of the
flight, telling reporters: "I just
want to relax, I don't want to say
anymore. I'm too tired," according
to The Times of London, whose
reporter was on the plane.
HerfamilyinLiverpool,England,
waited withbeer, wine and flowers,
readyto welcome herhome.
"It's been a strange old week,
very stressful and particularly bad
for the family, but now she's com-
inghome, fingers crossed,"herson,
John Gibbons, told reporters. "If
this week has taught me anything,
it is that anythingcan happen."
Riot police deployed around
Khartoum's airport terminal as
the Lords delegation arrived,
apparently accompanying Gib-
bons on the flight, with the British
ambassador on hand to see them
off. She had been held at a secret
location since protesters marched
Friday demanding her death.

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