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August 26, 1996
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Child sex probe not hindered, Belgian official says
BRUSSELS (CNN) -- Amid growing concern of police complicity
in the case, Belgium's Justice Minister Monday pledged that a
probe into a child sex ring will continue "without any
"The investigation will continue with all possible means,
without obstacles," said Stefaan De Clerck.
The Justice Minister issued assurances as the increasingly
complex case widened to include a 10th arrest, a theft ring
and heated speculation as to how a gang of child abusers
operated for years.
The case widened Sunday when senior police detective Georges
Zicot was arrested, along with three others, in connection
with a theft ring that investigators now believe may have
been linked to the sex case.
A storm of media outcry concerning possible police complicity
has ensued, and it was exacerbated when the case prosecutor
said he would successfully conclude the investigation "if I
am allowed to."
The pedophile case broke when chief suspect Marc Dutroux, 39,
said he starved two Belgian girls to death and led police to
U.S. rejects China's opposition to Taiwan weapons deal
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. State Department rejected a
demand by China to scuttle an arms deal with Taiwan, saying
the weapons are "purely defensive" and consistent with
China objected to a Pentagon deal to sell Taiwan $420 million
of American arms, including 1,299 stinger missiles, 74 guided
missile launchers and 96 Humvee vehicles, among other items.
Beijing urged the Clinton Administration to cancel the
contract, threatening "new damage" to fragile Chinese-U.S.
U.S. officials said the weapons are defensive and the sale
won't alter the military balance in the region.
India army rescues stranded pilgrims
SRINAGAR, India (CNN) -- Indian army helicopters rescued
hundreds of Hindu pilgrims stranded since last week in the
They were trapped by torrential rains and a fluke snowstorm
during an arduous three-day trek to a 13,500-foot-high cave
honoring Lord Shiva, Hindu god of destruction.
Severe weather has already killed some 160 pilgrims, and
thousands were pinned along a 30 mile path now strewn with
bodies. Many ignored warnings to bring warm cloths, press
Helicopters for two days have delivered medicine and other
supplies to the pilgrims, evacuating many to Pahalgam, the
trek's starting point. Nearly all of the surviving pilgrims
now are said to be safe.
South African police commander convicted of murder
PRETORIA, South Africa (CNN) -- A special commission Monday
convicted the commander of a notorious police unit during
South Africa's apartheid era of five counts of murder.
Eugene de Kock is the highest ranking officer ever convicted
of crimes in defense of South Africa's former white
The verdict is still out on 116 other charges against him
held before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,
established in 1994 to achieve full disclosure of apartheid-
era crimes. The judge Tuesday will finish reading the
Sporting glasses and a gray suit, De Kock, a former colonel,
reacted calmly to Monday's verdict and ate sandwiches while
chatting with his legal team.
While operating from an isolated farm outside Pretoria, he
was found guilty of killing five unarmed people driving in a
van in eastern South Africa in 1992.
De Kock also has been accused of killing police officers he
feared would incriminate him and of the death of an anti-
apartheid lawyer who was killed when he opened a mail bomb.
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