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Archive for January 6th, 2007

Norway: Murder in Lena outside Oslo

Posted by African Press International on January 6, 2007

A person has been found dead in a house near Toten asylum centre.

He was discovered on the 4th January this year.

A suspect in the case has been arrested. The  murdered victim may be an sylum seeker who lived in the area.

Østre Toten Sheriff’s officer has the jurisdiction to carry out the investigation.

By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN


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Ex-minister escapes from captives after six years!

Posted by African Press International on January 6, 2007

Video grab from a tape showing Fernando Araujo supposedly recorded and released by the Farc <Mr Araujo became a victim of kidnapping in December 2000.

Ex-minister who has been held hostage for more than six years found his freedom again after escaping from his captors.

Left-wing guerrillas in Columbia are known to abduct prominent politicians and businessmen in their fight for power in the country.

BBC reports that, “a number of rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) are said to have been killed. Fernando Araujo was one of 59 high profile hostages held by the Farc as potential bargaining chips for a prisoner exchange with the government.”

After gaining his freedom it is reported that , “he is on his way to be reunited with his family in the city of Cartagena.”

His chance to escape came about when the government troops were battling with Farc rebels. He esacaped from a camp in Northern Columbia, according to the country’s Defence Minister Juan Manuel Santos.”

By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN

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Norway refuses Cubans to stay in Scandic Hotel!

Posted by African Press International on January 6, 2007

It is tragic that USA has to steer things in other countries like they just did in Norway. We understand Cubans when they get disgusted with the Norwegians, who gave into the pressure from the USA by refusing a Cuban delegation to stay in Scandic Hotel, because of US boycott of Cuba.

 The Cuban media condemns the way the Norwegians treated their citizens. They have accused the Norwegians of being US boot-lickers!

When the Cuban delegation wanted to book in, The hotel referred them to Helms-Burton law of 1996 that refuses American companies to have business dealings with Cuba.

However, we are of the opinion that US laws have nothing to do in Norway. It is the Norwegian laws should be followed.

It has been reported that the Scandic hotels were bought by the US Hilton hotels last year and therefore owned by a US company.

By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN


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Somali members of parliament arrested in Kenya!

Posted by African Press International on January 6, 2007

Some Somali MPs suspected to be linked to the Islamist Movement have been arrested in Nairobi.

Kenya media reports that, “the five were arrested by a combined team of Immigration officials, National Security Intelligence Service (NSIS) officers and Administration Policemen from a hotel in Eastleigh where they had been hiding.”

Their arrest has come when many Somalis who are against the interim government are being accused for supporting the call for the Ethiopina troops to be pulled out of Somalia.

The MPs are said to be among those against the leadership of the interim President Abdullahi Yusuf over the control of Somalia.

Their arrests come about after following their call Thursday that the Ethiopians be expelled out of Somalia.

The Kenya government is quoted saying, “We want to know if they are here lawfully and if not so, they can be deported any time. Kenya cannot be used as a ground for waging war,” said a senior official. Those arrested were being interrogated by the Immigration and Intelligence officials at Nyayo House and officers were deployed in Eastleigh to look for the other remaining MPs.”

After their arrest, “It was not clear where the five were taken to after the arrest although an officer who participated in the arrest told the Kenya Times that the five have been linked to recent threats calling for withdrawal of Ethiopian troops from Somalia.”

It now remains to be seen if the five will be deported. If they are linked to the Islamist Movement, it will be interesting to know whether Kenya will treat them as hostile to the Somali interim government.

Members of parliament should be able to express their views on the ongoing conflict in their country, without being arrested by the Kenyans.

They are elected MPs of another country, and the only thing Kenya can do is to ask them to leave the country. 

By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN

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