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administration's position. "The admin-
istration is more interested in threaten-
ingto expel studentsinvolved in a peace-
ful protest than in working with the
students to deal with the problem at
hand," EMU junior Lavalle Lewis said
at a Student Government meeting Tues-
Monday's demonstration was the
latest in a series of protests in re-
sponse to Johnson's arrest. Johnson
claims to have been the victim of
police brutality at the hands of Of-
ficer Kenneth Hardesty.
Hardesty was the second officer on
scene during a Nov. 6 fight involving
about 10students in EMU dormitory. The
officer's report states that as Hardesty
moved to break up the melee with pepper
spray, Johnson "attempted to get into the
area of the fighting." As Hardesty at-
tempted to "pull him down," Johnson
punched the officer in the right cheek.
Hardesty wrote in his report that he then
maced Johnson and arrested him.
Hardesty was later transported to St.
Joseph Mercy Hospital, where he was
treated for multiple lacerations and a
chipped tooth. He needed stitches to
close up one of the cuts.
Another version of the incident, told
by Johnson's supporters, has Hardesty
spraying Johnson as he attempted to
break up the fight. Flailing, Johnson
then inadvertantly struck H ardesty,
knocking the canister from his hand.
- Daily Staff Reporter Josh White
contributed to this report.
Opponents allege fraud
in Colombia inquy
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BOGOTA, Colombia - Opponents
are crying "Cover-up!" and Colombi-
ans fear new violence as a congres-
sional committee dominated by Presi-
dent Ernesto Samper's political cronies
prepares to clear him of charges that he
financed his 1994 electoral campaign
with drug money.
Chief congressional investigator
Heyne Mogollon has recommended that
the Congressional Committee of Accu.
sations shelve a four-month inquiry into
Samper's activities for lack of proof of
wrongdoing, Colombian newspapers
The reports could not be indepen-
dently confirmed, but many analysts
say they believe them and expect the
committee to follow Mogollon's rec-
The committee has been investigat-
ing accusations by the president's cam-
paign treasurer, Santiago Medina, that
Samper solicited money from the Cali
Eventually, more than $6 million in
drug money entered Samper's war
chest, Medina said. However, under
oath, Medina told Mogollon that he
cannot prove his allegations, accord-
ing to the newspaper El Tiempo. End-
ing the inquiry would virtually assure
that the president will not face im-
peachment proceedings, but his re-
prieve could come at the price of in-
creasing instability and violence, ana-
The committee ruling, expected early
next week, could escalate the violence
of vigilantes who have pledged to clean
up Colombian politics at gunpoint, ob-
A'group calling itself Movement for
a Dignified Colombia has demanded
Samper's resignation and pressed the
point by murdering an important con-
servative leader and trying to assassi-
nate Samper's lawyer. The same group
has already threatened members of the
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Some analysts fear the death squad
could now step up attacks in reprisal for
what is widely perceived as a congres-
"Ifthis group committed terrorist acts
to get Samperto resign, Samper's abso-
lution by congress would give it even
more reason to resort to violence," said
Alej~andro Reyes, a political science
professor at Bogota's National Univer-
For less violent sectors ofColombian
society, a committee ruling favorable
to Samper will furthererode confidence
in government institutions, analysts
Few Colombians have faith in the
congressional committee, which is
dominated by Samper's Liberal Party.
Several party members have been ei-
ther investigated or punished for im-
"I don't believe the chief investiga-
tor was looking for the truth," said
Conservative Party Sen. Eduardo
"There is a feeling inside Congress
that ifSamper is forced to give up office
the next president will call for new
congressional elections. Congressmen
thus have an interest in seeing the presi-
dent stay in office."
Moreover, recent polls show that
more than 50 percent of Colombians
believe Samperknew illegal funds were
being used in his campaign. The contra-
diction between the widespread belief
in Samper's guilt and his exoneration
by congress is a likely source of ex-
treme tension, analysts say.
"The majority of Colombians are at
odds with the the results of the congres-
sional investigation," said Enrique
Parejo, a former minister of justice.
"And that can only lead to a deepening
of the political crisis, and greater skep-
ticism about the nation's democratic
and judicial systems."
One man in a position to press the
popular belief in Samper's guilt is cru-
sading Prosecutor General Alfonso
Valdivieso, who is leading an investi-
gation into Cali cocaine cartel political
Valdivieso is focusing on the drug
connections of 18 congressmen -
mostly Liberal Party members, the at-
torney general and top Samper cam-
His probe originally uncovered
Medina's involvement, unleashing the
charges against the president. If
Valdivieso turns up new evidence
against Samper, he could request that
Congress reopen its investigation.
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Defense wants bombing trial delayed
WASHINGTON - Against the backdrop of an intense struggle between the
government and defense over evidence in the case, attorneys for Timothy McVeigh
asked yesterday that the trial in the Oklahoma City bombing case be put off until
after Labor Day to give lawyers more time to build their defense in the worst
terrorist attack in America.
Stephen Jones, who represents McVeigh, also said that he has suggested moving
the trial to Denver if the government agrees to that setting by next week. He chose
Denver after noting that the new federal judge assigned to the case is from there.
Prosecutors want the trial to take place in Oklahoma.
In lengthy court pleadings filed in Oklahoma City, Jones complained that
federal prosecutors and the FBI are shielding crucial witnesses from defense
investigators, refusing to turn over witness statements and denying the defense
team access to debris and other possible evidence left at the site of the bombed-out
Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.
The blast occurred on April 19,killing 169 people and injuring more than 600 others.
The first judge on the case set a trial date for May 17.
But Jones said that he cannot make that date unless the government opens more
of its files to defense investigators and turns over evidence that could exoneratc
World powers have
shirked human rights,
watchdog group says
WASHINGTON - The world's
major powers, including the United
States, have "regularly shirked" their
duties on human rights issues through
most of the 1990s, according to a sur-
vey released yesterday by Human Rights
Watch, a private watchdog group.
Western indifference or inaction is
slowing the global trend toward de-
mocratization and putting at risk the
rights of millions - if not hundreds of
millions - of people, Kenneth Roth,
executive director of the group, added.
"The first half of this decade saw a
waning of the will to uphold human
rights among major powers," the report
charges. "Governments feared that the
vigorous defense of these rights might
offend trading partners and risk eco-
The Clinton administration in par-
ticular has a "persistent tendency" to
surrender commitment to human rights
principles in the name ofpotential profit
in countries as diverse as China and
ik A. O .N D T :. W
Searchers still looking
for vanished plane
MOSCOW -Search-and-rescue air-
craft scoured the forested mountains of
Russia's Far East yesterday without
finding a trace of a domestic airliner
that vanished with 97 people aboard.
At least eight planes and helicopters
participated in the search, hampered by
heavy snow and low clouds, officials
said. They were set to resume at dawn
today, more than 24 hours after the Rus-
sian-built Tupolev-154 disappeared from
radar screens along the Pacific coast.
The plane, belonging to Khabarovsk
Airlines, a regional offspring of
Aeroflot, was en route from Yuzhno-
Sakhalinsk on Sakhalin Island to
Khabarovsk on the mainland when it
disappeared from radio contact before
The Emergency Situations Ministry
in Moscow said 89 passengers - in-
cluding five children - and a crew of
eight were on board.
Military, state and civilian aircraft
participated in the search. They focused
on an area of the mainland east of
Khabarovsk. Most were grounded at
nightfall yesterday because of darkness
Nigeria, states "Human Rights Waich
World Report 1996."
Yet the last year has only demon-
strated the futility of such compromi'ses,
the survey concludes, saying U.S. at-
tempts to use constructive engagement
in China -by renewing most-favored-
nation trading status as an incentive to
Hospital gets $1M
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Somewhere,
somebody hit it big-$1 millionbig-
in a McDonald's peel-offgame. But the
winners Thursday were St. Jude
Children's Research Hospital and its
young cancer patients.
The winner of the McDonald's Mo-
nopoly contest took a game piece worth
$1 million, put it in a plain white enve-
lope and mailed it anonymously to the
St. Jude executive Richard Shadyac
called it "a holiday miracle."
Game rules bar the legal transfer of
winning pieces from one person to
another. But McDonald's agreed to
make good on the payoff, which will
be made in 20 annual payments of
and poor conditions.
Residents of the coastal town of Kopi
reported hearing the roar of airplane
engines, according to the Interfax news
agency, leading rescuers to believe the
plane went down over land.
women, both members oftheircountry's
legislature, are awaiting deportation
after pleading guilty in Miami last week
to smuggling illegal immigrants into
the United States.
The case has aroused indignation in
the State Department over the abuse
of diplomatic courtesies, which are
commonly invoked in visa requests
by foreign dignitaries and their fami-
The women, alternate legislators of
the leftist Sandinista party, have spent
more than three months in jail since
they were arrested in late August on
charges of smuggling two children into
Miami to join their illegal immigrant
parents. All four were traveling on dip-
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