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Archive for March 13th, 2011

UN: Israel Kidnapped Palestinian Engineer From Ukraine

Posted by Info on 13/03/2011

The UN agency said it believed Abu Sisi was abducted and illegally transported by Israeli security forces, perhaps with the aid of Ukrainian counterparts.

Dirar Abu Sisi, 42, went missing “under unknown circumstances” in the early hours of Feb. 19 after boarding a train in the eastern city of Kharkiv bound for the capital Kiev. He was in Ukraine applying for citizenship.

“What happened looks like a violent abduction and not a legal extradition or any other legal action on the part of authorities.

Abu Sisi’s Ukrainian wife, Veronika, 32, alleges the Israeli secret service Mossad carried out the abduction in order to sabotage a key electric power plant in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip where he worked as a senior manager. She denied speculation that her husband may be wanted by Israel as a known Hamas sympathizer, saying he had never engaged in politics or any violent groups.

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Belarus Threatens Polish Reporter

Posted by Info on 13/03/2011

The Belarusian Prosecutor’s Office has warned Andrzej Poczobut, a Belarus correspondent of Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza daily, that he will be prosecuted if he continues writing articles about the regime.
Poczobut has repeatedly criticized Alexander Lukashenko’s regime and described repressions against the Belarusian opposition and the Union of Poles in Belarus.

The Polish Foreign Ministry deprived Poczobut of accreditation in 2009 and since has since refused to issue a new document.
“A series of articles about events in Belarus have been published on Gazeta Wyborcza’s web site under your name. We have established that you have no accreditation”,Grodno District prosecutor Viktar Marozau wrote.

Similar warnings were previously sent to Polish correspondents of Belsat television and Radio Racja, both of which broadcast in Belarus. According to Belarusian law, journalists who work without accreditation can be fined, although no such cases have been reported yet.

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