Cali phone boss accused of drug links

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Swedish deputy PM to be investigated

Stockholm - Sweden's public prosecutor decided yesterday to investigate Mona Sahlin's admitted misuse of an official credit card, but political support for the Deputy Prime Minister grew with a strong endorsement from the Prime Minister, Ingvar Carlsson. "I believe that Mona Sahlin is an unusual and talented politician; she is knowledgeable, capable, strong and courageous," he said. Other ministers said they would not fill the void left by her decision announced on Tuesday night to postpone her bid for the Social Democratic Party's leadership after Mr Carlsson steps down as planned next March. Reuter

Commonwealth states attacked over rights

London - In a scathing report ahead of next month's Commonwealth summit, an influential pressure group said yesterday that many of the Commonwealth's 51 member states lacked the political will to respect human rights. The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) said many governments were paying little attention to the declaration of support for law and order and democracy that they endorsed in Harare in 1991. Reuter

Wolf wins retrial

Bonn - Markus Wolf, the East German spymaster, scored a legal victory yesterday when Germany's top appeals court overturned his six-year sentence on a 1993 treason conviction and ordered a retrial. The new trial will have to determine whether Wolf sneaked through the Iron Curtain to steal secrets, or limited himself to having his thousands of "moles" in the West do the work. AP

'No proof of Claes's guilt'

Brussels - A report by a special Belgian parliamentary commission released yesterday said there was no firm proof of Willy Claes's guilt in a corruption scandal that threatens his career as Nato Secretary-General. Mr Claes has been accused of corruption when he was economics minister in 1988- 89. The report will form the basis for a vote by members of parliament today on whether to send Mr Claes to court. Reuter

North Korea blamed for breaking truce

Seoul - The United Nations Command backed South Korea yesterday, blaming North Korea for violating a truce agreement by sending out armed infiltrators, one of whom was shot dead by South Korean troops. A second North Korean infiltrator who survived Tuesday's shooting slipped back across the border, Seoul's Defence Ministry said yesterday. Reuter

Bogota - The head of Cali's phone company, Emcali, was in police custody yesterday on suspicion he tapped phones for drug traffickers. Adolfo Gallon turned himself in Tuesday to police in Cali, home to the world's largest drug syndicate. Police arrested the cartel's alleged communications chief, Gilberto Mora, on suspicion he bugged top officials' phones for the cartel. AP