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Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - At the end of the
"30-day Jewish mourning period for slain
1"Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin yester-
day, Israell prosecutors formally
'charged his confessed assassin, Yigal
Amir, with premeditated murder.
" Israel's Justice Ministry announced
that the 25-year-old Jewish law stu-
dent, his brother Hagai, and their friend,
Dror Adani, also were charged with
-conspiracy to kill Rabin and to attack
't Arabs, illegal arms possession, manu-
-facturing arms and other crimes.
The charges were filed as Rabin's fam-
ily, political leaders and army officers
visited his grave in Mount Herzl cem-
etery for a final emotion-filled farewell.
"Yitzhak, you were murdered be-
cause you were right," Prime Minister
Shimon Peres said in a eulogy. "The
bullets which tore through your chest
did not kill the fruits of your labor....
The dawn of peace has broken 'and it
shall never be eclipsed by anyone."
Amir has saidthathekilled Rabin in an
'effort to halt the turnover of West Bank
landto Palestiniancontrol undertheprime
minister's 1993 peace agreement with
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
Instead, the murder has prompted
?eres to pick up: the pace of Israeli
troop withdrawal from Arab cities in
the West Bank, which religious Jews
like Amir believe is holy land that they
call by the Biblical name of Judea and
The unrepentant Amir also has in-
sisted he acted alone in killing Rabin
and the indictment says that although
Amirplotted the murder with his brother
and friend, in the end he did act alone on
Nov. 4 in the fatal shooting after a Tel
Aviv peace rally.
The three men allegedly had debated
a variety of ways to kill Rabin, includ-
ing with a car bomb, blowing up the
Rabin home in Tel Ayviv and firing an
,anti-tank rocket at the apartment, ac-
cording to the charge sheet.
They also reputedliy had the idea to
shoot Rabin during an interview with a
'gun hidden in a microphone or tape
Amir, his brother and Adani are
scheduled to appear in Tel Aviv Dis-
trict Court today to hear the charges
:gainst them.
Although Amir originally said no one
could defend him bett than he could
defend himself, heapparently has agreed
to be represented by defense attorney
Jonathan Ray Goldenberg, a resident of
the West Bank settlemenit of Emanuel.
fGoldenberg said in a tlephone inter-
view that Amir's family had hired him
' and that Amir has asked for consider-
aable control over his defense.
According to the indictment, Amir
had tried to kill Rabin at three previous
public appearances this year.
Prosecutors have asked that the Amir
brothers and Adani be tried before a
panel of three judges because of the
severity of the charges. They said they
had 43 witnesses for their case.
Altogether, police arrested nine reli-
gious Jews in their 20s ii connection

with the assassination. The only other
one to be charged so far is Sgt. Arik
Schwartz, a soldier accused of giving
army explosives to the Amir brothers for
'use in planned attacks on Palestinians.

The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, December 6, 1995 - 5
Al itration
agrees to GOP
budget demands

A relative of one of the victims in the 1980 Kwangju military massacre grieves and another relative lies on the hood of a car
carrying a lawyer for former President Chun Doohwan in front of the Ahnyang Prison outside Seoul, South Korea, yesterday.
Former S. Korean president
indicted19i bribery scandal

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - The
scene has become all too familiar: A
prosecutor takes to live television with
an announcement that shakes public
confidence in the country's most pow-
erful people.
This time, it was expected, but no
less shocking. Former President Roh
Tae-woo, four aides and a dozen top
businessmen were indicted yesterday
in a bribes-for-favors scandal.
The aftershocks began immediately
with the No.2 man in the ruling Demo-
cratic Liberal Party offering to resign
- a move that was a virtual revolt
against President Kim Young-sam and
threatens to break apart the rulingparty.
The potential defector, Kim Yoon-
hwan, leads a strong regional faction
and is a friend of both Roh and former
President Chun Doo-hwan, who was
jailed Sunday in an unrelated case.
After meeting with the president, Kim
Yoon-hwan withdrew the offer, but it
likely only delayed the split.
His followers reportedly have asked
him to quit with them. One is expected
to announce a breakaway today, with
others to follow suit. To fill the gap, the
ruling camp is reportedly inviting some
opposition members to join it.
In the long run, it is unclear whether'
a shakeup would help or hurt the ruling
party. After a debacle in local elections

in June, it faces important parliamen-
tary elections in April.
President Kim, a former opposition
leader who in 1993 became the first
civilian president in 32 years, has been
trying to distance himselffrom his mili-
tary-backed predecessors.
The threatened defection offers a
chance to make a clean break - the
party is changing its name today to the
New Korea Party - but the scandal
threatens to envelop him as well.
When senior prosecutor Ahn Gang-
min began his live announcement about
Roh's indictment at 2 p.m., people
crowded around televisions in offices
and restaurants.
The announcement carries serious
,implications for the country's booming
economy, since the list of indicted busi-
nessmen reads like a Who's Who of the
corporate world, including heads of the
Samsung and Daewoo conglomerates.
They were not arrested but could face
up to five years in jail.
Rob was arrested last month after
admitting tearfully on live television
that he amassed a $650 million slush
fund during his 1988-93 term. He
claimed the money came from dona-
A day later, Roh's former chiefbody-
guard, Lee Hyon-woo, was detained,
charged with managing $230 million

that the ex-president still had left in
secret bank accounts.
Roh faces 10 years to life in prison if
convicted of corruption, and prosecu-
tors are seeking forfeiture of his esti-
mated $350 million inassets-includ-
ing the money left in the slush fund.
"The investigation was conducted
with a national call to cut off tradi-
tional collusive ties between politics
and business," prosecutor Ahn said.
He said 35 businessmen were found
to have given Roh bribes of up to $32
million, but legal action was taken
against only 12 whose criminal activ-
ity was evident.
Ahn, who heads a 37-member in-
vestigative team, said the probe will
continue to check whether Roh di-
verted any money to secret foreign
bank accounts.
An opposition legislator alleged that
Roh took up to $150 million in kick-
backs in connection with a $5.2 billion
deal to buy 120 F-16 jet fighters from
General Dynamics Corp. ofthe United
States, which has denied the claim.
In 1992, Roh's daughter, Roh So-
young, and her husband were convicted
in a U.S. court of violating currency
laws after depositing nearly $200,000
in 11 California banks during Roh's
presidency in 1990. The money report-
edly came from a Swiss bank.

The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - The Clinton ad-
ministration has agreed to Republican
demands that it prepare a new plan to
balance the budget in seven years, and
President Clinton plans to release the
proposal by the end of the week to get
budget talks back on track.
Negotiations between White House
and congressional leaders broke offagain
yesterday after Republicans said they
don't want to resume talks until they can
compare details of Clinton's new seven-
year plan with their own plan.
White House Chief of Staff Leon
Panetta yesterday offered to negotiate
with Republicans one part of the new
plan, the line-by-line details of Clinton's
proposal to cut Medicare spending
growth by $124 billion. Republicans
have proposed to cut Medicare spend-
ing by $270 billion, but GOP leaders
say they don't want to negotiate any
part of the plan until they can see all of
its elements. It is the third budget plan
Clinton has proposed in 10 months.
A copy of the 35-page Medicare plan
obtained by The Washington Post indi-
cates it saves the same amount Clinton
proposed in June. But the new proposal
offers line-by-line details of how those
savings will be made, uses newer eco-
nomic assumptions to assert the Medi-
care trust fund would remain healthy
until the year 2011 and reduces the cuts
in payments for virtually all groups of
health care providers.
The major differences between
Clinton's new plan and the GOP plan is
the level of cuts, $124 billion versus
$270 billion. According to the adminis-
tration, the Pesident would raise Medi-
care premiums to only $77 per month
by the year 2000, while Republicans
would raise premiums to $88.90.
The President's plan also includes
some additional benefits, such as im-
proved mammography coverage and
improved benefits for Alzheimer's pa-
tients. Compared with the Republican
plan, the Clinton plan imposes new
costs of $8.8 billion on beneficiaries,
compared to $51 billion in the GOP
plan, cuts hospitals by $50 billion com-
pared to the GOP's $94 billion, and
doctors by $15 billion compared to the
GOP's $35 billion.
Like the GOP plan, Clinton's plan

Business coalition
concerned about
GOP budget plan
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - A coalition
representingbig employersand some
major labor unions warned yester-
day that the budget-balancing plan
approved by Congress could "add
almost 8 million people to the ranks
of the uninsured and shift $85 bil-
lion in costs to the private sector,"
The National Leadership Coali-
tion on Health Care, which includes
Chrysler, Ford, Safeway, Ralphs and
Southern California Edison among
its 93 members, raised the first public
complaints by major businesses over
the impact of the Republican plan to
balance the budget in seven years.
The GOP budget plan - which
President Clinton has threatened to
veto -- contains provisions to slow
the rate of growth in Medicare and
Medicaid, as well as a tax cut. The
White House and the congressional
leadership are negotiating toward a
Dec. 15 deadline, with hopes of
reaching an agreement on a blue-
print to eliminate the deficit.
Although "it is clearly beneficial
for all Americans" to reduce the defi-
cit and balance the budget, the coali-
tion said, "we mustbeconcerned that,
as we make major changes in Medi-
care and Medicaid, we do no harm."
widens options for Medicare beneficia-
ries to join private doctor and hospital
health care networks, preferred provider
plans, point-of-service health mainte-
nance plans at Medicare's expense. But
the president's plan does not include
options to enroll in medical savings plans
or private fee-for-service plans.
The movebythe White House amounts
to Clinton's acquiescence in the non-
negotiable demand by House Republi-
cans that a balanced budget by the year
2002 is theirbottom line. But it also aims
to preserve Clinton's priorities: protect-
ing some key social programs from the
far deeper saving the GOP proposes and
rejection of the large GOP tax cuts.

Heart attaCk while huntinig
Caims life of NRA president

Gore announces 1st Peace
Corps mission in S. Africa

DEARBORN (AP)-Tom Waslington, leader
of the National Rifle Association and longtime
head of Michigan's largest outdoors group, died
yesterday from complications of a heart attack
suffered while hunting. He was 58.
Washington died at Oakwood Hospital, where
he was flown two days after suffering a heart
attack Nov. 16 while deer-hunting in Michigan's
Upper Peninsula.
"He was a real American patriot, a fine sports-
man and a close friend," said veteran U.S. Rep.
John Dingell (D-Dearborn). "Tom was dedicated
to the protection of our fundamental liberties and
our natural environment."
"During the time he was in our care, he had
multiple setbacks," hospital spokeswoman Suzanne
Truskowski said. She said he died at 12:30 p.m.
Washington stepped into the nationalspotlight as
president of the 3.5 million-member NRA in 1994

as the organization became
increasingly political and ac-
tivist. He joined the NRA
board in 1985.
"The politics is out of ne- Washington
cessity," he said earlier this
year, "because we have to defend our right to have
Washington was elected in May to a second,
one-year term.The Lansing resident continued to
serve as executive director of the Michigan United
Conservation Clubs, a job he assumed in 1974.
He was among Michigan's leading advocates for
fishing, hunting, firearms, conservation and envi-
tonmental interests and was an avid hunter himself.
Gov. John Engler, who sometimes clashed
with Washington over environmental issues, said
Washington "always spoke from the heart and
represented his issues well."

Los Angeles Times
PRETORIA, South Africa-The United States
will send Peace Corps volunteers here for the first
time next year in a show of support for South
Africa's fledgling democracy, Vice President Al
Gore said yesterday.
Gore and other senior Clinton administration
officials made a whirlwind 36-hour visit here for
the first substantive meeting of the U.S.-South
African Binational Commission, a Cabinet-level
panel created in March to cement and expand post-
apartheid ties between Washington and Pretoria.
After a daylong series of meetings, Gore and
Deputy President Thabo Mbeki formally signed
three agreements in a relaxed outdoor ceremony
behind the Presidential Guest House.
The documents authorize creation ofa Peace Corps

program, establish guidelines for the Agency for
International Development's $160-million aidpack-
age for fiscal year 1996 and expand cooperation in
science, technology and the environment.
"We've gotten off to a flying start," Mbeki told
a news conference. Gore concurred, calling it "a
wonderful day of hope and progress."
For all the rhetoric, the commission clearly has
more symbolic than practical value now. Presi-
dent Nelson Mandela's government has been
deluged with offers of assistance as foreign del-
egations and international lending institutions
have streamed into the country.
But Gore said the high-profile panel shows the
Clinton administration's commitment to helping
South Africa succeed as a multiracial, multiethnic

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