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National Radio Midday Bulletin

National Radio Midday Bulletin

Pinochet – Kofi Annan – Drugs Billionaire – GMOs – Dairy Merger –AVGAS – WWI Pardon – Pilon Sabotage - German Scandal – Dhaka Terrorism – Rodney Council

PINOCHET: The British Government says the detained former Chilean dictator General Augosto Pinochet is unfit to stand trial on Spain on torture charges and should be released. British Home secretary Jack Straw says the government made its decision after three independent doctors reported that the 84-year-old general was too ill to stand trial. Mr Straw says he will halt proceedings to extradite Pinochet to Spain. Human rights groups have been given seven days to respond to the ruling.

PINOCHET: Meanwhile a Chilean exile living in New Zealand says Pinochet’s release is no surprise. He says a historic opportunity to bring a tyrant to justice has been missed.

KOFI ANNAN: United Nations Secretary General UN Koffi Annan will visit NZ next month as part of a regional visit which will also include East Timor Indonesia Thailand and Australia. He will meet with Prime minster Helen Clark and Foreign Minister Phil Goff to discuss peace keeping activities and disarmament issues.

DRUGS BILLIONAIRE: The NZ Herald newspaper says it will appeal the name suppression for the billionaire who admitted importing drugs into New Zealand. It says it is prepared to take the matter to the high court.

DRUGS BILLIONAIRE: A French student who was fined $530 for sending hahish to girlfriend says the billionaire’s release without conviction represents a double standard in system.

GMOs: The Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) says it will face a logistical challenge to hear over 1500 submission’s about field trials for genetically modified wheat

DAIRY MERGER: The Dairy Board is working toward de-regulation despite government assurances that there is no pressure to do so. The Dairy Board says it will continue to work towards creating a single mega-dairy company which will replace its own marketing arm.

AVGAS :The Australian government is to investigate the role of the it’s aviation authority CASA and the oil company Mobil after contaminated fuel grounded light planes there. NZ Petrol Companies say while the suspect fuel has been distributed to 10 airport refuelling sites, no problems have been reported.

WWI PARDON: Labour MP Mark Peck says he expects to have enough sufficient support in parliament to formally pardon five New Zealand soldiers executed by the military WWI. An inquiry last year found insufficient evidence to warrant a pardon.

PILON SABOTAGE: A bail application by South Island farmer accused of sabotaging power cables and pole has been rejected after he previously failed to appear in court and spent six weeks in hiding.

GERMAN SCANDAL: Germany’s main opposition party leader he won’t resign after being admitting he did not receive cash from a Canadian arms dealer for elections

DHAKA TERRORISM: The DHAKA motor rally has been cancelled because of an explicit terrorist threat in Niger was received by the French Government

RODNEY COUNCIL: The minister of local government will launch an inquiry in to the Rodney council after heated arguments between members prevented it making any progress.


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