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From Associated Press reports
: WASHINGTON A federal
grand jury today indicted former
national security adviser John Poin-
dexter, Lt. Col. Oliver North and two
arms dealers on conspiracy charges
in the diversion of Iranian arms sales
1-profits to the Nicaraguan contra
The long-awaited 23-count indict
ment which also named retired Air
Force Maj. Gen. Richard Secord and
his business partner, Albert Hakim
- culminated a 14-month grand jury
investigation into the arms-for-
Noriega regime quells takeover attempt
From Associated Press reports
. PANAMA CITY, Panama
Soldiers loyal to Panama's military
strongman. Gen. Manuel Antonio
Noriega, put down an apparent
; attempt to take over his headquarters
and force him from power
Residents of the area near the
Panama Defense Force headquarters
; said they heard heavy shooting inside
;the walled compound starting at
about 8:15 a.m. and continuing for
j at least half an hour.
; "They were kisses," Noriega said
Nocaraguans invade Honduras; Keagan considers military options
From Associated Press reports
;: WASHINGTON The White
;' House said today it was considering
; "everything . . . short of invasion"
; after national security officials met to
! discuss a Nicaraguan attack on contra
I rebel positions in neighboring
Presidential spokesman Marlin
Fitzwater said the Nicaraguan moves
' amounted to a "verv serious breach
i of regional borders."
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hostages deals with Iran and the
diversion of profits to the Nicaraguan
rebels at a time when Congress
banned direct U.S. military aid to the
North was named in nine counts
charging him with obstruction of
Congress, making false statements,
obstructing the presidential inquiry
into the Iran-contra affair in
November 1986, and concealing,
falsifying and destroying official
Poindexter was named in two
about an hour after the firing ended.
He appeared at the top of a stairway
on one side of the headquarters
building along with members of his
To reporters shouted questions
about what had happened, the
general responded: "What happened
is that you are visiting me here."
Two Associated Press reporters
and a photographer were stopped by
soldiers as they approached the
headquarters, forced from their car
and marched into the compound at
He said 1,500 Nicaraguan troops
were already inside Honduras and an
additional 4,500 appeared to be in a
staging area to cross the border.
President Reagan may send up to
4,000 troops from the Army's 82nd
Airborne Division to southern Hon
duras to counter the reported incur
sion of Nicaraguan forces, adminis
tration officials said Wednesday.
The officials, who asked not to be
identified, said the U.S. forces would
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counts of obstructing a congressional
inquiry and two other counts of false
Hakim and Secord, among other
things, were charged with conspiracy
to pay illegal gratuities to North and
his family to further the sale of arms
to Iran so Secord and Hakim "would
continue to receive opportunities for
substantial revenues and profits"
from "lucrative activities referred to
them by North and facilitated by
The three counts in which all four
were charged conspiracy to
As they were being held inside, they
saw at least one officer with his hands
behind his head being taken into a
barracks behind the headquarters
building. But a captain told them the
apparent prisoner was simply taking
part "in a simulated exercise."
The captain, who declined to
identify himself and wore no name
tag, said units at the headquarters
periodically conduct training exer
cises aimed at halting coup attempts.
"Everything is normal," he said.
It was not known if Noriega was
inside the compound during the
not engage in combat with the leftist
Sandinista troops, but instead would
be part of a broader strategy designed
to encourage their withdrawal from
At the White House, presidential
spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said,
"The matter is still under discussion.
The president reserves all his options
at this point."
A series of national security meet
ings had been held over the last 24
hours, Fitzwater said, and "all
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defraud the United States and com
mit offenses against the government,
theft of government property and
wire fraud arising from the diversion
of the arms sale proceeds carry
together maximum penalties of 25
years imprisonment. Each charge
carries a maximum fine of $250,000.
Each of the obstruction and false
statement charges against North and
Poindexter carries a five-year sen
tence and $250,000 fine. The destruc
tion of documents charge against
North carries a three-year term.
shooting. Telephone calls to the
headquarters went unanswered.
Hundreds of soldiers in battle gear
surrounded the headquarters, located
in one of the older sections of Panama
City. Residents were kept at least a
block away from the compound.
Reports said a coup attempt was
led by the 3rd Infantry Company of
the 5th Battalion from Chiriqui
Province, bordering Panama's fron
tier with Costa Rica. The light
infantry company is known as the
"Diablos Rojos," or Red Devils.
options are under consideration. At
this moment, everything is being
considered short of (U.S.) invasion."
Reagan himself told reporters
"obviously we're concerned" about
the incursion reports confirmed by
the Honduran ambassador to the
United States and denied by Nica
ragua. But he also sidestepped ques
tions about possible use of U.S.
CBS News reported that Reagan
already had decided to send 2,000
From Associated Press reports
LORAIN, Ohio. A small
group of people dedicated to Terry
Anderson's release from captivity
in Lebanon hoisted an American
flag and tied a yellow ribbon to
the flagpole at City Hall on
Wednesday to mark the third
anniversary of the capture of
Anderson, who was born in
Anderson, 40, chief Middle East
correspondent for The Associated
Press, was abducted March 16,
1985. He is the longest-held of 22
foreign hostages in Lebanon.
There has been no word of him
for three months.
Carlucci-Yazov talks friendly
BERN, Switzerland U.S.
Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci
and Soviet Defense Minister
Dmitri Yazov today held the first
such high-level military talks in an
atmosphere characterized as
friendly and non-pressured.
The "two discussed the Strategic
Arms Limitation Talks, imple
mentation of the treaty to elim
inate medium-range superpower
nuclear missiles, and the size of
the respective armed forces, said
troops, probably from the 82nd
Airborne, to Honduras in a non
combat role as a show of force to
the Sandinistas and a sign of support
Fitzwater met with reporters one
day after Reagan met with Demo
cratic and Republican congressional
leaders to discuss a new humanitarian
aid package for the contra rebels.
Today, he said, "The situation has
The spokesman indicated the
administration is no longer thinking
in terms of working with Congress
on an aid package that would simply
provide the resistance forces with
food, medicine and other supplies.
"More than 1,500 Sandinista
troops are now inside Honduras,
attacking freedom fighter camps in
an effort to destroy their remaining
supplies," Fitzwater said, adding:
"There are nearly 4,500 Sandinista
forces with strong helicopter support
moving into the Bocay Valley, which
is just below the Honduran border.
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News in Brief
Pentagon spokesman Dan
Despite extensive Soviet press
commentary on the Kremlin doc
trine of reasonable or defensive
sufficiency, Carlucci said he had
seen "absolutely no practical
Shamir rejects peace plan
Reagan said Wednesday he will
not revise or abandon an Amer
ican plan for Mideast peace talks
even though Israeli Prime Minister
Yitzhak Shamir apparently
rejected the plan.
Reagan said Shamir did not
specifically say no to an interna
tional peace conference demanded
by Jordan's King Hussein with
However, Shamir made it clear
that he rejected the idea. "I have
strong reservations concerning the
proposed international confer
ence, which in my view is not
conducive to peace," he told
"In the last several hours, the
United States government has been
in contact with the presidents of the
other three democratic governments
in the region," he said. "We've had
discussions concerning their response
to this incursion and its meaning for
the Guatemala peace plan.
"The United States government
today is examining its options," he
When word of the Sandinista
operation came Monday night,
Democratic sources in Congress
portrayed it as a Nicaraguan attempt
to strengthen their position in
advance of cease-fire talks with the
contras, scheduled to begin Monday.
House Majority Leader Thomas
Foley, D-Wash., acknowledged that
"there is some military activity"
underway but he declined to
A Democratic congressional
source said, "We don't know their
intentions and they (the administra
tion) don't know their intentions."