Indonesia asks for terrorist suspect Hambali

Friday, August 29, 2003

KUCHING, Malaysia -- Indonesia's president has asked President Bush to hand over terrorism suspect Hambali, who is accused in bomb attacks in Southeast Asia that have killed hundreds, an official said Thursday.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Hasan Wirayuda said President Megawati Sukarnoputri told Bush in a recent phone call that she wants Hambali -- an Indonesian with alleged top-level links to al-Qaida -- to face justice in his home country.

Hambali, whose real name is Riduan Isamuddin, was Southeast Asia's most wanted man until he was captured Aug. 11 in Thailand by Thai forces and the CIA. U.S. authorities then flew him to an undisclosed location.

Hambali is wanted in several countries, and U.S. officials have not said what their intentions for Hambali are.

Man ends record coaster ride after eight days

BERLIN -- An American roller coaster devotee climbed off a ride at a German amusement park Thursday after spending 192 hours -- or eight days -- in the careening cars, smashing his own previous record.

Richard Rodriguez, 43, began his latest record attempt Aug. 20 at the Holiday Park in the southwestern German town of Hassloch. Rodriguez first set a record of 147 hours on July 16, but his efforts to extend it were thwarted by a thunderstorm.

Rodriguez, who teaches English at Loyola University in Chicago, followed rules prescribed for an entry in the Guinness Book of Records, which requires eight-hour periods of riding with no more than 15-minute breaks.

Security Council votes to split war crimes job

UNITED NATIONS -- The Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to split the job of chief war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, allowing a new prosecutor to handle cases from Rwanda's 1994 genocide while she focuses on the Balkans.

The resolution, sponsored by the United States, sets out a timetable for completing the work of both the Rwanda and Yugoslav tribunals by 2010.

The tribunals "can most efficiently and expeditiously meet their respective responsibilities if each has its own prosecutor," the council said.

Since September 1999, Del Ponte has been responsible for trying those accused of major war crimes during the Balkan wars in the 1990s and leaders of the genocide in Rwanda that killed more than 500,000 minority Tutsis and Hutu political moderates.

Many countries argue that the Rwandan tribunal, based in Arusha, Tanzania, has not made as much progress as the Yugoslav tribunal. A variety of reasons have been cited, from bureaucratic inefficiency to friction with the Rwandan government, staff shortage and insufficient attention from Del Ponte's staff in The Hague, Netherlands.

Videotape from Colombia shows American captivesBOGOTA, Colombia -- A videotape now under study by the FBI shows that three Americans captured by rebels six months ago are alive, officials said Thursday.

The three American contract workers were seized Feb. 13 by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, after their small plane crash-landed in southern Colombia.

A senior FBI official said the bureau had a copy of the tape but declined to provide details, saying "it is an ongoing investigation at this point."

"It shows the men alive," said a U.S. official on condition of anonymity. It is the first "proof of life" of the three, the official said.

The three captives -- Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell and Thomas Howes -- worked for Pentagon contractor California Microwave Systems, and reportedly were on an intelligence mission when they fell into the rebels' hands.

A fourth American, Thomas Janis, and a Colombian army sergeant aboard the single-engine Cessna were executed by the rebels.

-- From wire reports

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