World / Crime & Legal Feb 12, 2015

Afghan Taliban smuggling drugs and gems like mafia: U.N. report

Afghanistan's Taliban Islamist movement is increasingly financed by criminal enterprises including heroin laboratories, illegal ruby and emerald mines and kidnapping, making negotiated peace harder, according to a report for the U.N. Security Council. The report said there was a new "scale and depth" to the ...

National / Crime & Legal Feb 6, 2015

Police used wiretaps in 10 investigations in 2014

Police last year intercepted telecommunications during investigations of 10 cases, leading to 72 arrests, the Justice Ministry said Friday. In all, police sought 26 court orders under a communications intercept law that took effect in 2000 and all requests were granted, the ministry said. The arrests ...

Aichi politician goes on trial in China in drug case

National / Politics Aug 26, 2014

Aichi politician goes on trial in China in drug case

The trial of a 70-year-old Aichi politician accused of attempting to smuggle illegal drugs out of China last year pleaded innocent at the start of his trial Tuesday at a court in the southern city of Guangzhou. Takuma Sakuragi, a member of the Inazawa Municipal ...

National / Crime & Legal Mar 26, 2014

Vietnamese cabin attendant arrested on suspicion of smuggling

A 25-year-old female cabin attendant for Vietnam Airlines has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to smuggle stolen goods into Vietnam, Tokyo police said Wednesday. They also searched the airline's Tokyo office. The police suspect some 20 other Vietnam Airlines employees were also involved in smuggling ...