International Briefs

Policeman convicted

KARABULAK: A court in southern Russia convicted a police officer on Friday in the 2008 killing of a journalist and sentenced him to two years in prison. The victim’s relatives reacted angrily, saying the sentence was too light. Magomed Yevloyev, who was critical of regional officials, ran a Web site that reported on abuses, abductions and killings plaguing the southern Ingushetia province. He was shot in the head in a police car after being detained as he stepped off a flight from Moscow in August 2008. Police say he was shot during a scuffle.The court in the Ingush town of Karabulak found Ibragim Yevloyev guilty of involuntary homicide.

UN official’s exit plan

KABUL: The top UN official in Afghanistan said on Friday he will not renew his two-year contract when it expires in March. Kai Eide, a Norwegian diplomat, said he is not stepping down but has asked UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to start searching for a replacement. “I’m not resigning,” Eide said. “It’s a question of telling New York that I’m not renewing my contract.” Eide’s tenure was tarnished by allegations from his American deputy, Peter Galbraith, that he was not bullish enough in curbing fraud in the August presidential election.

Pope in anguish

VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI says he is “deeply disturbed and distressed” by a child sex-abuse scandal in Ireland and will write a letter to Catholics there on the church’s response. Benedict met Friday with senior Irish clergy in the wake of a report detailing the abuse. The report was issued last month after a government-ordered investigation into the Dublin Archdiocese. It found that the church shielded more than 100 child-abusing priests from the law.

Legal reprieve for pilot

JAKARTA: A lawyer says an Indonesian appeals court has overturned a negligence conviction against the pilot of a jetliner that crashed in 2007 and killed 21 people. Garuda Capt Marwoto Komar’s lawyer Mohammad Assegaf says he received a copy on Friday of the High Court of Yogyakarta province’s recent ruling. It is not clear whether Komar has been in jail or free on bail pending his appeal since April when a court sentenced him to two years’ in prison for negligence in the crash of a Boeing 737-400 airliner at Yogyakarta airport.