Kenyan Writer Details

Violent Attack at Home

NAIROBI -- Celebrated Kenyan novelist and playwright Ngugi wa Thiong'o said on Sunday that four thieves who attacked him last week also raped his wife, just weeks after his return from 22 years of self-imposed exile.

The men stormed the couple's Nairobi apartment, burned Ngugi with cigarettes, beat him with a butt of a gun, ransacked their home and raped his wife, Njeeri.

Ngugi was jailed for a year without charge in 1977 under the government of former president Daniel arap Moi, then fled the country in 1982 after troops razed a theater where one of his plays was being performed.

He was given a hero's welcome when he returned from the United States at the end of July and has given well-attended public lectures since.

Ngugi, a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of California at Irvine, last week said the gang stole about $500, a laptop computer, his wedding ring and his wife's earrings.


* JERUSALEM -- Demanding more family visits and phone access, 1,600 Palestinian prisoners launched a hunger strike in a showdown between inmates and Israeli authorities. Israeli officials reacted by imposing additional sanctions, including banning all family visits and the sale of cigarettes.

Israeli Internal Security Minister Tzachi Hanegbi said over the weekend that Israel would not give in to the prisoners' demands. "The prisoners can strike for a day, a month, even starve to death, as far as I am concerned," Hanegbi said.

* TEHRAN -- A senior Iranian military official said Israel and the United States would not dare attack Iran because it could strike back anywhere in Israel with its latest missiles. Iran last week said it carried out a successful test-firing of an upgraded version of its Shahab-3 medium-range ballistic missile. Military experts said the unmodified Shahab-3 was already capable of striking Israel or U.S. bases in the Persian Gulf region.


* BUDAPEST -- A Lufthansa plane flying from Turkey to Germany made an emergency landing in Budapest after an anonymous bomb threat was received, police said. Lufthansa Flight 3341 from Istanbul landed safely after the pilot requested an unscheduled landing, a police spokeswoman said. No explosives were found, and the plane was allowed to continue on to Germany, she said.

* TBILISI, Georgia -- Sporadic shooting shook the rebel Georgian province of South Ossetia and wounded at least two soldiers, officials said, and a convoy carrying officials came under fire despite a cease-fire agreed to on Friday. Georgian officials said a convoy carrying Defense Minister Georgi Baramidze and the South Ossetian defense and interior ministers had driven into a firefight. The firing, directed at Georgian positions, came minutes after the ministers attended a peacekeepers' meeting.

* VADUZ, Liechtenstein -- Prince Hans-Adam II formally handed over day-to-day governing powers to his son, Crown Prince Alois, and then invited all 33,000 of Liechtenstein's people to a garden party. Hans-Adam, 59, retains overall authority over Liechtenstein, one of Europe's smallest nations, wedged between Austria and Switzerland.


* TOKYO -- Three Japanese government ministers paid homage at a controversial shrine for war dead on the 59th anniversary of Japan's World War II surrender, a move that drew anger from Asian neighbors. The annual visit to Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of the militarist regime that led Japan into war, was more charged than usual given the participation of Japanese troops in Iraq. The shrine is dedicated to the 2.5 million Japanese who have died in wars since 1853, including several convicted war criminals.


* UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council, meeting in emergency session, expressed "outrage" at a massacre Friday of at least 150 Congolese refugees at a U.N. camp in neighboring Burundi and demanded that those responsible be brought to justice "without delay."

A Burundian Hutu rebel group, the National Liberation Forces, asserted responsibility for the attack on the camp, which sheltered Congolese Tutsis known as Banyamulenge who had fled fighting in their troubled country. Officials said Hutu extremists from Congo and Rwanda were also suspected of taking part in the raid. Most of the victims were women or children who were shot and burned in their shelters at a U.N. refugee transit camp about 10 miles northwest of Bujumbura.

-- From News Services