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Apr 29, 2015

China says will hunt down those guilty of serial bribery

Chinese authorities will hunt down individuals and organizations that engage in serial bribery, especially in cases which cause serious public anger or accidents, state media said on Wednesday, as the government takes on deep-rooted graft. The country’s top prosecutor, as part of broader efforts ...

Coffins arrive at Indonesian prison as executions near

Apr 28, 2015

Coffins arrive at Indonesian prison as executions near

Ambulances carrying coffins arrived Tuesday at a prison island and relatives paid final visits to their condemned loved ones in a sign that Indonesia was to execute imminently eight foreigners and one Indonesian man, despite an international outcry and pleas for mercy. The nine ...

Captain of doomed South Korean ferry sentenced to life in prison

Apr 28, 2015

Captain of doomed South Korean ferry sentenced to life in prison

The South Korean ferry captain responsible for last year’s disaster that killed more than 300 people, mostly schoolchildren, was given an increased sentence of life in prison Tuesday by an appellate court that convicted him of homicide. A district court in November had sentenced ...

Apr 25, 2015

Australia fears worst for drug traffickers in Indonesia

Australia has made a last-ditch appeal for Indonesian President Joko Widodo to spare the lives of two drug traffickers facing execution, but Foreign Minister Julie Bishop admitted she was fearing the worst. Indonesia has advised consular officials to head Saturday to Nusakambangan, the high-security ...

Apr 24, 2015

Ex-China security czar tells court he accepted bribes, abused power

The Communist Party official whose downfall ushered in China’s graft crackdown admitted to taking bribes and abusing power under the instructions of the country’s retired public security czar. Li Chuncheng, 59, a former deputy party chief in China’s Sichuan province, said Thursday that he ...

Apr 23, 2015

Philippine customs head quits in blow to Aquino anti-graft drive

Philippine Customs Commissioner Sunny Sevilla said he submitted his resignation Wednesday, citing pressure to promote people without considering their merit for the jobs. “I’m feeling the political patronage” pressure, Sevilla said at a briefing in Manila on Thursday, without elaborating. “I hope the next ...

Apr 22, 2015

Man who defaced Mao picture jailed for 14 months

A man who threw a jar of ink at the imposing portrait of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square has been jailed for 14 months, media said Wednesday. Sun Bing in March last year “defaced” the iconic picture which hangs prominently ...

Apr 22, 2015

British court hears 1948 Malaya village massacre case

Relatives of 24 rubber-plantation workers killed in Malaysia in 1948 by British troops will press their decades-old demand for a public inquiry in Britain’s highest court on Wednesday, lawyers said. The December 12, 1948 incident, dubbed the Batang Kali massacre, occurred during the so-called ...

U.S. couple sentenced to prison in Bali suitcase killing case

Apr 21, 2015

U.S. couple sentenced to prison in Bali suitcase killing case

An Indonesian court found an American couple guilty of premeditated murder and sentenced them to prison on Tuesday in the death of the woman’s mother on the resort island of Bali. The Denpasar District Court sentenced Tommy Schaefer to 18 years in prison and ...

Apr 21, 2015

China considers using lay judges in some trials

China will appoint citizens to help judges decide some local court cases, in the Communist Party’s broadest yet experiment with jury trials. The nation’s highest court has submitted a legislative proposal to create “people’s juries” in 50 courts across 10 provinces, the official Xinhua ...