Tuesday, September 28, 1999

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  • Update On Pinochet Extradition Trial

    As Chile vowed to take Spain to the World Court over its attempt to extradite former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, the general’s lawyers told a British magistrate today that there is no evidence against him.

  • Turkish Journalist Faces Prison for Writings On Kurds, As Clinton Meets with Turkish Premier

    Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit meets today with President Clinton at the White House, with earthquake relief, UN sanctions against Iraq and Cyprus on the agenda. Ecevit said he is planning to ask the US for financial compensation for Turkey’s losses resulting from the sanctions against Iraq, although the US says that most of those losses have been compensated by the UN food-for-oil program.

  • Corcoran Prison Guards Tried for Rape in Precedent-Setting Trial

    Jury selection began yesterday in the trial of four Corcoran Prison correctional officers charged as accessories to rape: they are accused of punishing a prisoner by placing him a cell with a prisoner who was a known rapist. The men facing trial are correctional guards Robert Allan Decker, Anthony James Silva, Dale Shawn Brakebill and Joe Sanchez of Corcoran State Prison in Fresno.

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