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Spain Indicts 8 on Charges Of Terror, Aiding 9/11 Cell

MADRID -- A Spanish judge indicted eight people on terrorism charges Monday, saying they provided logistical help and false documents to members of a network including Ramzi Binalshibh, who investigators say helped organize the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Binalshibh, a member of the Hamburg-based cell that planned the hijackings, is believed to have been the key money man in the operation and to have visited Spain in July 2001. He is in U.S. custody at a secret location after being captured in Pakistan in 2002.

The indictment issued by Judge Baltasar Garzon said the eight suspects developed "a network of forged documents to provide false identities or fake documents to other members of the network to help them move about, flee or hide."

The alleged purpose was also to help "with their terrorist activities or links with organizations such as Ansar al-Islam, under the orders of Abu Musab Zarqawi," the indictment said. Ansar is a radical underground group; Zarqawi is a Jordanian insurgent and terrorist leader in Iraq.


• BRUSSELS -- The European Union may consider banning Nazi symbols in the 25 member nations after Britain's Prince Harry wore a swastika armband to a costume party, the bloc's top justice official said.

Franco Frattini, the E.U.'s justice and home affairs commissioner, said he was open to discussing the issue at a Jan. 27 meeting of E.U. justice ministers.

"It may be worth looking into the possibility of a total ban, a Europe-wide ban," his spokesman, Friso Roscam Abbing, told reporters.

• THE HAGUE -- Judges at The Hague war crimes tribunal jailed two former Bosnian Serb army commanders for their role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys.

Vidoje Blagojevic was found guilty of complicity in genocide by aiding and abetting the crime and of aiding and abetting murder, persecutions and inhumane acts. He was sentenced to 18 years in jail.

Dragan Jokic was convicted of aiding and abetting murder, persecutions and extermination and given a nine-year sentence.

The Middle east

• TEHRAN -- Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi asked the Iranian judiciary to ban solitary confinement, calling it "illegal" both domestically and internationally.

"I announce to the world that solitary confinement is in use in Iran. I ask judicial officials to abolish the cells," the human rights activist said at a news conference.

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