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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - November 20, 1993, Darmstadt, Hesse Saturday, November 20, 1993 THE STARS AND STRIPES Page 5 THIS STTkM? MASKS TVS SPOT WKFRt SRW'T. puOOLf HfSS ^MOtosv****^ W * ,,,• xyf MCRf '-C    .$    . «jU' ...- M *»* r££K:.'^ Tj '■ ‘^ P r- .*{:;• ; & '/-A * ^ ^ 1 . /*•’ Before its destruction Thursday, a shrine in Scot* land commemorated Nazi leader Rudolf Hess. . . Nazi opponents to Hess in Britain GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) —Anti-Nazi campaigners have smashed a shrine to Rudolf Hess, located in a pasture where Adolf Hitler’s deputy fiihrer may have landed on his bizarre peace mis* sion during World War II, Three members of the Anti-Nazi League daubed the marble and slate memorial with yellow paint, then demolished it with a sledgehammer Thursday.. "We don’t want a focus where any Nazis can come," league member Aamer Anwar said. “Rudolf Hess and the Nazis stand for the death of 6 million Jews.” The monument resembled a tombstone and was surrounded by a wire fence. Its inscription had read: "This stone marks the spot where brave, heroic Rudolf Hess landed by parachute on the night of 10th May 1941 seeking to end the war between Britain and Germany.’’ The builders of the monument are unknown. The Independent newspaper quoted local rcsi-dents as saying it was erected six months ago. Robert Bowman, planning director for Eastwood District Council, said there had been no application for permission to put up the monument, about 15 miles south of Glasgow. District officials have been unable to locate the owner of the farm. Hess’ solo flight from Germany is still controversial: Some historians have suggested that Hess was lured to Britain by intelligence officers, but previously secret British documents released last year provided no evidence to support that theory. Hess was convicted of war crimes at the Niirnberg trials in Germany after World War II. He was the last surviving member of Hitler’s inner circle when he died at Spandau Prison in Berlin on Aug. 17, 1987. Allied authorities said he hanged himself with an electrical cord. U.N. to maintain troops in Somalia until May 31 UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council voted to keep U.N. forces in Somalia for an additional six months, but warned they could be withdrawn unless the country’s rival factions stop fighting and work to form a government. The resolution extending the U.N. mandate until May 31 was adopted unanimously Thursday — the day the old mandate expired. The new resolution warned Somalian warlords that "continued United Nations involvement in Somalia depends on their active cooperation and tangible progress toward a political settlement." It also emphasized the "crucial importance of effective disarmament" and called for the immediate establishment of local governing councils and regional police forces. U.S. Ambassador Madeleine Albright told the Security Council: "The Somali people must show the will and the courage to bring about national reconciliation. But if they cannot work together to solve; their , own problems, they cannot expect the United Nations to do it for them." . The United States, the backbone of the 26,000-member U.N. force in Somalia, plans to withdraw its soldiers by March 31 and has demanded that steps are taken to create an effective government in Somalia. France, Belgium and Sweden are also planning to pull out. The resolution calls on Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali to report to the council by Jan. 15 on progress made toward nation reconciliation. The Security Council then would conduct a fundamental review of the U.N. operation by Feb. 1.    .    . Fighting broke out in Somalia in 1991 after rival clans ousted dictator Mohammed Siad Barre. U.S. troops arrived in December 1992 after Somalia suffered 350,000 deaths from famine and fighting that year. The United Nations took over the relief and peacekeeping operation in May. knew wrong, . PRESTON, England (AP) — Two schoolboys acted together and knew what they were doing when they abducted a toddler whom they tortured and battered to death, a prosecutor said Friday. “If ever crime was committed jointly and together, then this was that crime," prosecutor Richard Henri-ques said in his final argument to the jury hearing his case against the two 11-year-olds. Both boys, who by court order may be identified in * press reports only as Child A and Child B, have pleaded innocent to killing 2-year-old James Bulger. They have tried to blame each other for the Feb. 12 slaying.    . Henriqucs again recounted the events leading up to the killing: how the youngster was lured away from his mother at a shopping mall, led 2Vi miles across the city and beaten to death. He said the accused acted together from the moment they decided to skip school until they parted 10 hours later, after James’ tiny body lay dead beneath bricks on a railway line where a train later sliced it in half. Defense attorneys said they would not call any witnesses because of their clients’ fragile mental states. They plan to argue in their closing statements Monday that the boys did not intend to murder James and did not understand the gravity of their actions. Because the accused are younger than 14, the prosecution must prove that they knew their actions could cause serious injury and that they knew their behavior was seriously wrong. The jury will consider three counts against each boy: the attempted abduction of another 2-year-old earlier Feb. 12, and the abduction and murder of James. If convicted, the boys will be held indefinitely in a facility for young, very serious offenders. The two boys fidgeted as Henriqucs recounted the 10 hours they spent together the day James was slain and the lies the boys told to adults they passed while leading James across the city. Normally composed, Child A rolled a tissue into tiny balls and leaned around a social worker to look at Child B, who glanced uneasily around the courtroom. 12th child victim of U.K. crash dies WARWICK, England (AP) — A 12th child musician died Friday from injuries she received when the van in which she and fellow students were traveling hit a stationary truck and burst into flames. Warwickshire police said Friday that they have been unable to determine the cause of the accident, which occurred just after midnight on the M40 motorway in central England. Ten of the children, who were between 12 and 13 years old, and the 40-year-old teacher died in the blazing vehicle. The teacher, Eleanor Fry, had been driving. The Uth child victim, Charlene O’Dowd, died in the hospital Thursday night. The 12th child victim, Katie Murray, 13, died Friday at South Warwickshire Hospital, where she had undergone an emergency operation after the crash. Both Murray and O’Dowd were were pulled from the van by motorists before it burst into flames. Two more children were described Friday as being in stable condition at the hospital. The children and their teacher were returning in the van to Hagley High School, a Roman Catholic school in Hagley, 25 miles northwest of Warwick. They had taken part Wednesday night in the School’s Promenade Concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall before an audience that included Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest son, Prince Edward. Warwickshire police are trying to determine why the van ran into the back of the road repair truck, which was parked at the edge of the motorway with its lights on. Warwickshire Chief Constable Peter Joslin told a news conference Friday that weather, vehicle condition and driver fatigue were not to blame.Widow reportedly admits role in gulf vet's slaying DETROIT (AP) — A woman long suspected of killing her Army husband hours after he returned from the Persian Gulf War has admitted her role to undercover drug agents, a federal prosecutor says. Law enforcement officials hoped the alleged admission might finally enable them to bring a murder charge against Toni Cato Riggs in the 1991 shooting death of 22-year-old Spec. Anthony Riggs. "I always felt we would be able to prosecute her at some point in time," police Cmdr. Gerald Stewart said. Cato Riggs also allegedly discussed a $10,000 contract killing to eliminate a witness to her husband’s shooting. The Detroit News quoted unidentified investigators as saying. Antonio Shelby, target of the alleged hit, has been placed in federal protective custody outside Michigan, the newspaper said Friday. Details of Shelby’s involvement in the case weren’t disclosed. Cato Riggs, who was arrested Wednesday on cocaine smuggling charges, told an undercover drug agent last February that she hired her brother and another man to kill her husband, U.S. Attorney Alan Gershel said Thursday. "She stated that the reason for killing her husband was for the insurance proceeds," federal drug agent Richard Crock said. Anthony Riggs was fatally shot March 18, 1991, outside his in-laws’ home after returning from six months in the Middle East. His slaying drew nationwide attention as an example of what was thought to be random urban violence. Cato Riggs and her brother, Michael Cato, were arrested two days later. Cata told police that his sister had enlisted him to kill her husband so they could share $150,000 in life insurance. But a judge dismissed a murder charge against Cato Riggs, saying her brother’s confession couldn’t be used against her. The brother, 22, was convicted of mur> der and sentenced to life in prison. Cato Riggs, 25, was freed and received the insurance money. ;