Asia Pacific Topics

Feb 2, 2016

Foreign governments piling pressure on Malaysia over fund scandal

Malaysia may have absolved its prime minister in a huge corruption scandal, but foreign authorities investigating suspicious global fund flows are making clear they consider the affair far from over and that the net is tightening. Malaysia’s attorney general last week cleared Prime Minister ...

Feb 1, 2016

China arrests 21 over $7.6 billion Ponzi scam

Chinese authorities have arrested 21 people on suspicion of defrauding around 900,000 people of more than 50 billion yuan ($7.6 billion), state media reported, after an online peer-to-peer lender turned out to be a giant Ponzi scheme. Ezubao offered investors annual returns of between ...

Feb 1, 2016

China punishes 27 officials over teen's wrongful execution

Twenty-seven officials in China have been “penalized” for the wrongful execution of a teenager 20 years ago, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Sunday. Hugjiltu was 18 in 1996 when he was sentenced and put to death for the rape and murder of a ...

Jan 28, 2016

Australian teen accused of planning a kangaroo bomb against police

A teenage suspect discussed with a British accomplice packing a kangaroo with explosives before setting it loose on Australian police officers, prosecutors alleged on Thursday. Sevdet Ramadan Besim was ordered in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday to stand trial in the Victoria state ...

China frees Swedish rights activist after 'forced confession'

Jan 26, 2016

China frees Swedish rights activist after 'forced confession'

eijing The Chinese government has released and deported a Swedish man it accused of training and funding unlicensed lawyers in the country, leading to an extraordinary taped confession broadcast on state television. Swedish Embassy spokesman Sebastian Magnusson confirmed Tuesday that Peter Dahlin had left ...

Double murder suspect caught in Hong Kong to return to U.S.

Jan 25, 2016

Double murder suspect caught in Hong Kong to return to U.S.

A Chinese national arrested in Hong Kong for allegedly murdering two teenage nephews in the United States agreed to be extradited Monday, but claimed there were “problems” with the charges. Shi Deyun, 44, was detained by police at Hong Kong airport Saturday after taking ...

Jan 20, 2016

China jails former party chief of Xinjiang's capital for graft

A court in Beijing on Wednesday sentenced a former Chinese Communist Party chief of Urumqi, the capital of the violence-prone far-western region of Xinjiang, to 12 years in prison after finding him guilty of corruption. Yang Gang was indicted for accepting bribes last year. ...

Jan 18, 2016

Foreign jurists call for release of detained Chinese lawyers

Twenty prominent lawyers and jurists from Europe, North America, Australia and Pakistan on Monday urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to release a dozen Chinese lawyers and legal assistants held in detention in an open letter published in the British newspaper The Guardian. In the ...