WORLD

World Notes

August 31 1992
WORLD

World Notes

August 31 1992

World Notes

WORLD

THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE

United Nations peacekeepers in Daruvar, Croatia, held a memorial service for Sgt. Michael Ralph, the first Canadian to be killed while on duty in the former Yugoslavia. Ralph, 32, a combat engineer from St. John’s, Nfld., and a married father of two, died on Aug. 17 when his truck was blown up by an anti-tank mine. Three days later, a Ukrainian peacekeeper in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, was killed by sniper fire.

TARGETTING IRAQ

Iraqi officials said that they would defy a plan by the United States, Britain and France to use force if necessary to stop any flights of Iraqi planes or helicopters operating against Shiite Moslem rebels in southern Iraq. The Western countries acted after weeks of reports of brutal repression of Shiite opponents of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Iraqi officials say that army deserters and Iranian infiltrators are living in marshes in southeastern Iraq, but they deny using aircraft to bomb the region.

RUSSIAN CAPITALISM

On the first anniversary of a failed coup by Communist hardliners, President Boris Yeltsin announced that, beginning on Oct. 1, every Russian citizen would receive a “privatization cheque” worth about 10,000 rubles ($74) to buy stock in former state-run companies.

CRUSHING DISSENT

Georgian government troops took control of most of the western region of Abkhazia, driving separatist forces from the capital, Sukhumi. Abkhazia, which declared independence from Georgia last month, is the stronghold of deposed Georgian president Zviad Gamsakhurdia, whose supporters have waged a low-level guerrilla war against the government of new Georgian leader Eduard Shevardnadze.

BAMBI FIGHTS ON

After a 10-month inquiry into allegations that Milwaukee police had framed convicted murderer Lawrencia (Bambi) Bembenek, Milwaukee Judge William Haese said that there was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Still, Haese acknowledged that police had made “significant mistakes,” including mishandling of evidence, investigating the 1981 killing of Bembenek’s then-husband's ex-wife, Christine Schultz. Bembenek escaped from prison in July, 1990, but was recaptured three months later in Thunder Bay, Ont. Extradicted in April to Wisconsin, she is serving a life sentence. Her lawyer plans to appeal for a new trial.