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|HAD Osama bin Laden been
killed during the presidency of
George W Bush, he might have
become an iconic martyr for
throughout the Muslim world. Those
days are gone. Jihadist websites mourn
their slain mentor, but few in the Arab
street care for a man who brought nothing
to the region but havoc and desolation,
provoked the United States into
waging war and, above all, reinforced
the very rulers whom radical Islamists
most wished to topple.
Arab despots initially saw their life
expectancies extended after 9/11: better
Ben Ali, the...|
|THE past three years have
been a disaster for most
Western economies. The
United States has mass
for the first time since the 1930s.
Meanwhile, Europe´s single currency
is coming apart at the seams.
How did it all go so wrong?
Well, what I´ve been hearing with
growing frequency from members
of the policy elite - self-appointed
wise men, officials, and pundits in
good standing - is the claim that
it´s mostly the public´s fault. The
idea is that we got into this mess
because voters wanted something
for nothing, and weak-minded
politicians catered to the electorate´s
So this seems... |
Hungary war crimes trial put on hold
BUDAPEST THE war crimes trial of a Hungarian former gendarmerie officer was temporarily suspended on Tuesday while doctors determine if he is healthy enough to continue.
Sandor Kepiro, 97, is on trial on charges of involvement in the deaths of about 35 people in the northern Serbian city of Novi Sad during an anti-partisan raid by Hungarian forces in January 1942 in which thousands were killed.
Kepiro, who says he is innocent, appeared in court for the third session of the trial looking frail and in a wheelchair.
He had trouble understanding what was being said despite his using of hearing aids.
Judge Bela Varga and prosecutor Zsolt Falvai both said they had doubts about Kepiro’s health and concerns about whether he was fully aware of what was happening in the courtroom.
Varga said doctors at a Budapest military hospital would be asked to examine Kepiro next week.
“Doubts have arisen about whether you can comprehend or not what is going on around you,” Varga told Kepiro.
Zsolt Zetenyi, Kepiro’s lawyer, asked that since “time was pressing” the defendant also should undergo hearing exams.
“My opinion is that the defendant’s problems are related to his hearing, not his mental health,” Zetenyi said.
Before the session was halted, a court-appointed historian said he had serious concerns about the credibility and authenticity of part of the evidence against Kepiro presented by prosecutors.
The case against Kepiro is based partly on a January 1944 conviction for disloyalty handed down by a military court for his role in the Novi Sad raids.
The trial and the resulting 10-year prison sentence, of which Kepiro served a few weeks, were later annulled and his rank reinstated.