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Indonesia regrets E Timor wrongs
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has expressed “remorse” for wrongs committed during East Timor’s vote for independence in 1999.
He made the statement as he received the final report of their two countries’ Truth and Friendship Commission in the resort of Bali.
The report details systematic crimes against humanity – and lays much of the blame at the door of Indonesia’s army.
But the leaders of both countries say they are interested in moving on.
About 1,000 people are believed to have been murdered, and many others tortured, raped and displaced during 1999.
Neither country has expressed interest in prosecuting individuals on the basis of the report – though correspondents say it could strengthen such demands from campaigners.
The commission was boycotted by the United Nations, which has already blamed Indonesia and demanded that those responsible face justice.
Scramble Led to Rescue Plan on Mortgages
By STEPHEN LABATON
Published: July 15, 2008
WASHINGTON – The Bush administration hastily arranged the dramatic Sunday evening rescue of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac after Wall Street executives and foreign central bankers told Washington that any further erosion of confidence could have a cascading effect around the world, officials said on Monday.
Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. and other top officials were warned, after Fannie and Freddie lost nearly half their stock market value on Friday morning, that any more turmoil threatened to reduce the value of trillions of dollars of the companies’ debt and other obligations, which are held by thousands of domestic and foreign banks, pension funds, mutual funds and other investors, government officials said.
Judge allows testimony by Guantanamo detainees
Alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and others can testify in the military trial of Osama bin Laden’s driver, Salim Ahmed Hamdan.
By Josh Meyer, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
July 15, 2008
WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden’s former driver can use testimony by alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and some other detained Al Qaeda operatives in his upcoming military trial at Guantanamo Bay because it might help exonerate him, a military judge said Monday.
Defense lawyers said at a hearing that they wanted to call Mohammed and seven other prospective witnesses in the case of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, the first detainee at the U.S. naval base in Cuba to be scheduled for trial. If the proceedings begin next week as planned, it will be the first time the U.S. has held a military tribunal since World War II.