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It happened this week in 2000

Published:Friday | June 10, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Augusto Pinochet
Bill Gates
Sebastiao Lazaroni


Sunday, June 4

Morocco beat Jamaica 1-0 to set up a rendezvous with world champions France in tomorrow's final of the King Hassan II tournament in Casablanca. It was Jamaica's third loss under new technical director Sebastiao Lazaroni, who took charge of the team in April. The Brazilian is still chasing his first win with the 1998 World Cup finalists.

Monday, June 5

The widow of one of Colombia's most violent drug lords, who allegedly headed her late husband's criminal empire for 11 years, was arrested on charges of cocaine smuggling and money laundering. Gladys Alvarez, known by the alias 'Dr Claudia', was accused of managing the ill-gotten gains of her dead husband, Gonzalo Rodriguez Gatha, alias 'The Mexican', the former right-hand man of cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar.

A Chilean court confirmed it would strip Augusto Pinochet of the immunity he holds as a senator, paving the way for the former dictator to be put on trial for alleged human-rights abuses. The 22 judges of a Santiago Appeals Court voted 13-9 against Pinochet in a historic ruling.

Tuesday, June 6

An American man, Fred Krischhoch, posted a J$50,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of his daughter, Claudia Krischhoch, a 28-year-old travel writer of Astoria in New York and Morris Town in New Jersey, who went missing in Jamaica recently. Krischhoch, a Caucasian, about 5ft 7in with long brown hair, has been reported missing since June 1. The police had no leads in the case.

A 31-year-old construction worker, Roderick 'Spy' Fisher, was sentenced to hang for the murder of three businessmen killed near the National Stadium in 1998 after returning from a football match. Justice Lloyd Hibbert (acting) passed the death sentence on Fisher after a Home Circuit Court jury retired for 24 minutes and found him guilty of the charges. Those shot dead were Andy Stewart, 38, Devon Hibbert, 29, and Errol Fraser, 44. A fourth man, who was a member of the group, was also shot and injured, and was the main witness for the Crown.

Wednesday, June 7

A United States judge ordered software powerhouse Microsoft Corp be split in two in a final antitrust ruling that could change the face of computing around the world. No break-up of the company is imminent. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ruled the company would remain intact until the appeals process was exhausted, and Microsoft immediately vowed to appeal. If the judgment is upheld, it would be the harshest antitrust penalty levelled against a US corporation since AT&T agreed to spin off the 'baby bell' regional phone companies in 1982.

Thursday, June 8

Nine 40-foot containers with electric fans, garments, footwear, toys and school bags, which the Bureau of Standards said violated stipulated safety and quality standards, were seized by the bureau at Port Bustamante, Kingston, in a crackdown initiated by the Bureau of Standards, working with the Compliance and Enforcement Branch of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Technology. Dr Omer Thomas, executive director of the bureau, warned that the importers who were responsible for the goods would be prosecuted. He said 14 local importers were responsible the goods, which have not met the compulsory labelling standards, specifically foreign-language labelling.

Friday, June 9

Two South African Test cricketers told a government inquiry, they had been offered bribes totalling US$35,000 from former captain Hansie Cronje to perform badly. Fast bowler Henry Williams told the inquiry into match-fixing allegations headed by retired judge Edwin King that he had accepted an offer of US$15,000 from Cronje to bowl poorly in a match against India. All-rounder Pieter Strydom said Cronje had offered him up to $20,000 if the team scored fewer than 250 runs in a Test against India. Strydom said he had declined the offer. Also opener Herschelle Gibbs, who admitted accepting a bribe offer from Cronje, was dropped from the national team for a tour of Sri Lanka.