Archive for Saturday, November 2, 2002


November 2, 2002


Morocco: Prison fire kills 49

A fire erupted early Friday at an overcrowded prison, killing at least 49 inmates and injuring dozens of other people, authorities said.

The fire started about 1:30 a.m. at the Sidi Moussa jail in coastal El Jadida, about 110 miles south of the capital city Rabat, the official MAP news agency said.

About 90 inmates and two guards suffered injuries from burns, smoke inhalation or other causes. A breakdown of the injuries was not immediately available but authorities said at least eight people were listed in critical condition.

Deputy Interior Minister Fouad Ali Al Himma told The Associated Press that the cause of the fire was not immediately known and that an investigation was under way. An earlier report said the cause was electrical in nature.

The Atlantic Coast prison was built in 1994 for 1,000 prisoners but holds more than 1,300.

Netherlands: Illness keeps Milosevic from war crimes trial

The challenge of defending himself against scores of war crimes charges took its toll on Slobodan Milosevic, who was too exhausted to appear in court Friday.

The former Yugoslav president, who is 61, required medical attention at the U.N. detention center outside The Hague, and his trial was adjourned until Monday.

Presiding Judge Richard May asked the prosecution and the "friends of the court" assigned to ensure a fair trial to submit proposals for speeding up the trial, which appears likely to go on for two years.

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