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Nepal's King Appoints Corruption Commission

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Nepal's royal palace says King Gyanendra has appointed a commission to investigate and punish corrupt politicians and government officials. A palace statement says the commission will have the power to jail politicians and government officials found guilty of tax evasion, smuggling and deals with illegal contracts. King Gyanendra seized complete power and declared a state of emergency on February 1st. The king dismissed the previous government, saying it had failed to curb the Maoist insurgency, and launched a crackdown on dissent. Amnesty International urged donor nations Thursday to suspend military aid to Nepal. Amnesty's secretary-general (Irene Khan) said the king's moves this month are likely to escalate the conflict between armed forces and Maoist rebels and could lead to greater human suffering and abuse.
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