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New Incident Sparks Discussion of Diplomatic Immunity

August 12, 1987

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The State Department says it will will bar the son of Senegal’s ambassador to the United States from driving in this country after an accident that injured two women.

Sidy Kane, 20, son of Ambassador M. Falilou Kane, was given two traffic tickets carrying $800 in penalties after a collision Monday morning. Police said Kane was not taken into custody because he has diplomatic immunity and cannot be forced to pay the fines.

The two women were not seriously injured, but the accident prompted renewed criticism of diplomatic immunity. There had been hearings in Congress last week on a proposal to limit the privilege.

State Department spokesman Charles Redman said Redman said diplomatic immunity protections do not bar authorities from taking a driver’s license.

--- Appeals Court Won’t Reconsider Order Opening Deaver Jury Selection

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court let stand its decision ordering the judge in Michael K. Deaver’s perjury trial to conduct jury selection in public.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Tuesday rejected petitions by defense lawyers and prosecutors to reconsider its July 15 decision.

In a separate order, the full court unanimously rejected a suggestion by the prosecution and defense that it review the panel’s ruling.

The appeals court decision prompted U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson to dismiss 94 prospective jurors and reschedule the trial for Oct. 19.

Deaver, former deputy White House chief of staff, is charged with lying to Congress and a grand jury about his lobbying business.

--- U.S. Denies Visa Request By Chilean

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Chilean marksman will sit out the Pan American Games being held in Indianapolis because of his alleged role in political murder and other human rights violations, the State Department says.

State Department spokesman Charles Redman said Tuesday it rejected the entry visa request from Francisco Zuniga because of evidence he had been linked to ″a number of acts of political violence of the most extreme kind, including murder.″

Zuniga faces charges in Chile of use of excessive force against reporters and demonstrators at an anti-government protest in 1983.

Published reports in Chile have said that Zuniga belongs to the Chilean secret police and was part of a plainclothes group of government supporters who harassed demonstrators.

--- Anxiety Over Persian Gulf Situation Seen As Factor In Jump In Oil Imports

WASHINGTON (AP) - Prices for gasoline and other petroleum fuels could drop as a result of an abnormally large jump in oil imports, possibly due to concern over events in the Persian Gulf, the Energy Department says.

″The bottom line ... is that the current rise in imports beyond the base case level could lead to excess product supply and, consequently, a short period of higher product consumption and lower oil prices toward the end of the summer than are forecast here,″ the department said Tuesday in its quarterly forecast.

The department’s most likely forecast called for $18-a-barrel third-quarter and fourth-quarter imported crude prices. That is refiners’ average cost, generally about $2 less than the nearest price for West Texas Intermediate crude on futures markets. The average for 1987 was forecast as $17.70.

--- Study Disputes GOP Claims Linking Tax Hikes To Deficit Increase

WASHINGTON (AP) - A study released by the Democratic-controlled House Budget Committee rebuts Republican arguments that tax increases would increase the deficit.

The committee on Tuesday released a review by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office concluding that although both taxes and spending have risen over the years, studies have not shown taxes to be the cause of the higher spending.

The Democratic-controlled Congress included $19.3 billion in new taxes in the fiscal 1988 budget it approved in June. Lawmakers are expected to begin deciding next month which taxes to raise.

Republicans have argued against the tax increase by using statistics they said showed Congress would inevitably use the extra revenue to finance additional government spending.

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