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The daily Tar Heel. (Chapel Hill, N.C.) 1946-current, March 17, 1988, Page 2, Image 2

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2The Daily Tar Heel Thursday, March 17, 1988 World and Nation (Graod jwy 5odflClt 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 rebels. 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 Wednesday. 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 Honduras. Presidential spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said the Nicaraguan moves ' amounted to a "verv serious breach i of regional borders." btusjjnn CHINESE RESTAURANT QFF Chinese Gourmet Dinner Buffet Dinner All the SHRIMP, BEEF, CHICKEN & ORIENTAL VEGETABLES You Can Eat I D U T 1 6 I j Plus Fried Rice, Essrolls & Dumplinss . "EfV O Til 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 contras. 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 documents. 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 high command. 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 gunpoint. 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 Tupuritf f expires 33188 See the IBM Personal System2 with a variety of software solutions to meet the needs of students. Student Union Rooms 205 & 206 March 21, 1988 9:00 am-4:00 pm Save $863 off the list price of a PS2 Model 30 with 640K, one 3.5 inch disk drive and a 20 megebyte fixed disk. (8530-021 ) Save $838 off the list price of a PS2 Model 25 with 640K, two 3.5 inch disk drives and color monitor. (8525-C05) Sponsored by e UNC Student Poindoieir, North counts of obstructing a congressional inquiry and two other counts of false statements. 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 him." 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 Honduras. 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 1 V WERE FIGHTING FOR VOURUFE 51 I' 'JL aiiseaaw .-.vv.-..i.v:.-:a:.r.:T,i---.-,Mlvirrt-1-MVilil Stores RAM Sho 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. military forces. CBS News reported that Reagan already had decided to send 2,000 AmdrtcahHoart Association P Group marks of journalist's 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 Lorain. 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 to Honduras. 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 changed." 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. TheyVe established a new base for Trend & Tradition of c-ofptrcprffi Spring Fashion Show At University Mall Featuring Students From Carolina. Saturday, March 19th at 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. lf fSJ Sign up for Army ROTC Basic Camo. You'll tret six weeks of challenges that can build up your leadership skills as well as your body. You'll also get almost S700. But hurry. This summer may be your last chance to graduate from college with a degree and an officer's commission. See your Professor (x Military Science for details. ARMY RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS Call Major Doug Earle, 1-800-222-9184 anniversary kidnapping News in Brief Pentagon spokesman Dan Howard. Despite extensive Soviet press commentary on the Kremlin doc trine of reasonable or defensive sufficiency, Carlucci said he had seen "absolutely no practical change." Shamir rejects peace plan WASHINGTON President 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 U.S. support. 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 reporters. this operation. "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 said. 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 elaborate. :, A Democratic congressional source said, "We don't know their intentions and they (the administra tion) don't know their intentions." nthe plunge V this summer. u w )

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