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WARSAW, Poland---Trying to
tough it out in an accelerating
government crisis, Poland s
prime minister said yesterday
that early elections within weeks
may be necessary to calm the sit-
uation sparked by eavesdropping
on political leaders.
Donald Tusk called for the popular
magazine Wprost---and other
media---to release all of the secret
recordings of leaders private con-
versations that they may have. He
said Poland was facing a "deep cri-
sis" and that until it is all published
the state will be unstable and his
team vulnerable to blackmail.
The hastily arranged news confer-
ence on a national holiday sparked a
whirl of speculation of an imminent
dismissal of one or more officials, or
possibly even Tusk s resignation.
But responding to a journalist s
question, Tusk said he saw no reason
to step down.
"I will not resign in response to
actions that, we all know, had crimi-
nal character, and, maybe were ....
aimed at the government s resigna-
tion or fall," Tusk said. (AP)
Polish leader: crisis may force early elections
MOULTON, Alabama---A man who
claims to be a contract killer for
multiple drug cartels in Mexico
and admitted to killing dozens of
people in several states pleaded
guilty yesterday to murder and
was sentenced to serve 50 years
Jose Manuel Martinez pleaded
guilty to a 2013 shooting in the
southeastern state of Alabama. He
is also charged in 11 alleged contract
killings in California and Florida.
Investigators say that once Mar-
tinez, 52, was arrested in Arizona
shortly after crossing the border
from Mexico and sent to Alabama
to stand trial he claimed to be a
contract killer for drug cartels who
has killed dozens of people in several
states. He told authorities he worked
for multiple drug cartels but said
he would never disclose the names
or affiliations of his criminal asso-
After Martinez began confessing
to multiple killings, investigators
from other law enforcement agen-
cies across the US came to question
him. It became clear through inter-
views that the slayings he spoke of
had happened and he had infor-
mation about them that no one else
would know, authorities said.
According to court records show,
Martinez pleaded guilty to shooting
Jose Ruiz in March 2013. Investi-
gators say Ruiz was shot to death
after making a derogatory remark
about Martinez s daughter.
The live-in boyfriend of Mar-
tinez s daughter was initially charged
in the slaying of Ruiz, whose body
was found in a field in northwest
Alabama, said defence attorney
Tommy Turner of Moulton.
The boyfriend was released after
telling authorities about Martinez,
who opened up about multiple
other killings once he was held in
the killing of Ruiz, said Turner.
Turner said it s unclear exactly how
many people Martinez claims to
have killed at this point.
"I ve heard 36 or 46, but I ve
never asked him," he said.
While Martinez is charged in nine
contract slayings in California,
Turner said he will likely be pros-
ecuted next in Florida because pros-
ecutors there placed a judicial hold
on him first.
"He was a debt collector and
enforcer. The Florida cases stem
from two men there who owed a
huge drug debt, and he s alleged to
have been sent to Florida to collect
the money that was owed," Turner
Two men were abducted and one
of their wives paid a ransom, but
both were later found dead, said
the attorney. Turner said he didn t
know where the slayings occurred.
Authorities in California say he
killed six people between 1980 and
2011. The victims ranged in age
from 22 to 56, investigators said.
One man was shot dead in 1980
driving to work in the morning,
while two men were shot in 1982
working on a ranch, one surviving.
The same year, another man went
missing before being found two
days later by ranchers shot and
stabbed to death. Yet another was
found in 2000 shot to death in bed
with his four children at home.
In addition to the nine murder
counts, Martinez was charged in
California with one count of
attempted murder and the special
circumstances of committing mul-
tiple murders, lying in wait and kid-
napping. Four murder charges
include the allegation he committed
the crime for financial gain, the
criminal complaint says.
The California charges would
make Martinez eligible for a death
sentence, if he is convicted.
Martinez has lived on and off in
Richgrove, a small farming com-
munity in central California north
of Bakersfield. He has spent brief
stints in state prison after a 2007
conviction on theft and drug
charges, according to the California
Department of Corrections and
Authorities said California police
came in contact with Martinez while
investigating a rash of home-inva-
sion robberies in late 2012 and early
2013. Martinez was at a home they
searched and was questioned by
law enforcement, but not consid-
ered a suspect.
guilty in US case
diers clashed with Pales-
tinians during an arrest
raid early yesterday in the
most violent confrontation so far
in the weeklong search for three
missing Israeli teens believed to
have been abducted in the West
The military said about 300
Palestinians took to the streets when
the soldiers entered the West Bank
town of Jenin overnight. Some
opened fire while others threw
explosive devices or rocks at the
soldiers, who responded with live
fire, it said.
There were no serious injuries
reported on either side.
Israel has blamed the Islamic mil-
itant group Hamas for the apparent
abductions, without providing evi-
dence. Israel has since launched a
widespread crackdown on the group,
arresting scores of members while
conducting a feverish manhunt for
the missing youths.
Hamas has praised the abduction
of the teenagers, but has not claimed
responsibility for it.
The crisis has escalated already
heightened tensions between Israel
and the new Palestinian govern-
ment, which is headed by Western-
backed President Mahmoud Abbas
but backed by Hamas. Israel along
with the West considers Hamas a
terrorist group because of its long
history of attacks on Israeli civilians.
Hamas has abducted Israelis before.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu condemned the Pales-
tinian unity agreement yesterday
afternoon at a press conference at
a military base.
"I expect Abu Mazen (Abbas) to
expel this murderous terror group
from his government," Netanyahu
said. "Hamas have called time after
time to abduct Israeli civilians."
The three teens---Eyal Yifrah, 19;
Gilad Shaar, 16; and Naftali Fraenkel,
a 16-year-old with dual Israeli-
late Thursday while hitchhiking
home from Jewish seminaries in the
"We know today more than we
did a few days ago but there is still
be patient," Netanyahu said.
There has been no sign of life
from the missing teens or any ran-
som or other demands from their
The military said 30 Palestinians
were arrested in overnight raids in
the West Bank, without specifying
Nadir Irshaid, director of the Jenin
hospital, said seven people are being
treated for light injuries that he said
were caused by rubber bullets and
According to several Jenin resi-
dents, who spoke on condition of
anonymity, fearing for their safety,
three Palestinians were arrested over
the Jenin violence, including two
members of the Islamic Jihad mil-
Since the operation to locate the
teens began a week ago, about 280
Palestinians have been arrested, the
military said, including 200 mem-
bers of Hamas.
Israeli troops have rearrested 51
former Palestinian prisoners who
were part of a group of 1,027 Pales-
tinians released in 2011 in exchange
for a single Israeli soldier, Gilad
Schalit, who was captured by
Hamas-allied Gaza militants in a
cross-border raid five years earlier.
Netanyahu said Thursday that the
arrest of the former prisoners "sends
a powerful message to whoever tries
to harm us."
Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a military
spokesman, said Hamas is "paying
a heavy price for the abduction."
The military also said troops have
searched about 100 locations and
raided institutions it said are used
by Hamas. (AP)
Israeli soldiers walk on a street in a market in an attempt to obtain security camera footage during a
search for three missing Israeli teens believed to have been abducted, while scouring the West Bank city
of Hebron yesterday. AP PHOTO
Palestinians, Israeli troops
clash in teens search
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