Lewd shows earn rap
The nation's broadcast authority has chastised a television station for violating a ban on lewd programming. In a notice posted on its Web site, the State Administration of Radio Film and Television said Hubei People's TV had rebroadcast programs this month that were banned in September. No details of the program were given, and people reached by phone at the station and the state and Hubei provincial television administrations refused to give any details. The notice said only that the program had violated a ban on programming containing references to "sex lives, sexual experiences, sexual reflections, sex organs and the effects of sex tonics."
Notorious killer to be freed
Authorities said yesterday they were freeing a notorious killer who murdered an Italian priest 23 years ago and then claimed to have eaten parts of his brain. Justice secretary Raul Gonzalez said Norberto Manero was granted executive clemency by former president Fidel Ramos in 1998, setting aside a life sentence. But Ramos left office soon after and Manero's release was held back by successive governments. "We are aware that delaying release of the prisoner is punishable under our revised penal code," Gonzalez said. Manero and five others were convicted for the abduction and murder of Tulio Favali on the island of Mindanao. Manero boasted he ate parts of the priest's brain after shooting him.
Airline chief in murder case
Prosecutors said yesterday they are seeking an 18-month jail sentence for the former chief of national airline Garuda over the 2004 murder of a prominent activist. Indra Setiawan is accused of being an accessory to the murder of Munir Said Thalib, who died from poisoning on a Garuda flight in 2004. "Indra Setiawan has been proven legally to have facilitated a planned murder," prosecutor Didi Parhan said. Former Garuda pilot, Pollycarpus Priyanto, was originally found guilty of the murder but his conviction was quashed. Munir provided legal counsel for victims of officially-sanctioned violence during former president Suharto's regime.
Organ-selling ring broken
As many as 500 poor people may have been tricked into operations by a gang of organ traders selling kidneys in a wealthy suburb of New Dehli, the Indian Express reported yesterday. Police in Gurgaon raided a house late Thursday on a tip-off from a middleman who was arrested earlier this week, the daily reported. Two people, including a doctor, were arrested while three others who had recently been operated on were taken to hospital, the report said. Police Commissioner Mohinder Lal told the paper that laborers had been paid between 50,000 rupees (US$1,250) and 75,000 rupees for a kidney, which were were later sold by doctors for between 800,000 and 1 million rupees.
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Expat banker sentenced
A top banker has been given a jail term for assaulting a female taxi driver, the Hong Kong Standard reported yesterday. Andrew Dyer, a managing director at Standard Chartered Bank, was sentenced to two years' jail, suspended for five years, the paper said. Dyer got into the taxi with a colleague in 2006. He said he was unhappy with the driver's attitude. After getting out of the car and being annoyed at receiving coins as change, Dyer reached into the cab and hit the driver in the face. When she got out, he pushed her to the ground and hit her again. Dyer blamed the incident on cultural and language barriers.