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■MALAYSIA

Prince denies abusing wife

The prince of Kelantan state has denied abusing his estranged teenage US-Indonesian model wife and threatened to sue her for making the allegation, his lawyer said. Prince Tengku Temenggong Mohammad Fakhry on Thursday lodged a police report in Kuala Lumpur denying that he had raped and tortured his 17-year-old wife, his lawyer told the state Bernama news agency. “A police report has been lodged ... we will be contemplating legal action with regard to the false allegation,” said the attorney, Haaziq Pillay. Manohara Odelia Pinot last week told reporters she was treated like a sex slave after her marriage last year to Tengku Fahkry. She escaped the prince’s guards at a Singapore hotel and returned to her family in Indonesia with tales of abuse, rape and torture at the hands of the 31-year-old prince.

■SWITZERLAND

PRC ‘whitewash’ suspected

International watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday accused China of attempting to “whitewash” its rights record at the UN after rejecting 70 recommendations to stop abuses in the country. The recommendations were made by UN member states at the Human Rights Council during a periodic review of China. All countries are reviewed every four years as part of the universal system. China rejected the recommendations, saying there was no censorship or torture in the country. Human rights groups say they have documented evidence countering these claims. “The Chinese government has tried to whitewash its human rights record in the hope that the UN will just look the other way,” said Juliette de Rivero of HRW in Geneva. China was making a “mockery” of the council, she said.

■HONG KONG

Chanel film ad withdrawn

A poster advertising the new film Coco Before Chanel has been withdrawn from newspapers in the territory after complaints that it contravenes anti-smoking laws, news reports said yesterday. The poster shows actress Audrey Tautou starring as the young Coco Chanel wearing silk pyjamas and posing provocatively with a cigarette in her hand. However, in versions printed in the South China Morning Post yesterday it appeared with the cigarette air-brushed out, the actress’ hand appearing to dangle in a strange position. Lark Film Distribution, the company responsible for the promotion of the film, said it had decided to remove the image from newspaper advertisements and replace it with the air-brushed version after the possible contravention was pointed out to them.

■PHILIPPINES

Tycoon suspect in murder

A local fishing magnate is a key suspect in a murder after the body of a woman stuffed in a metal box was retrieved from the bottom of Manila Bay, police said on Thursday. Ruby Rose Jimenez disappeared on March 14, 2007, after a bitter custody dispute with her estranged husband for their two children. Last week police arrested one of seven suspects who has since agreed to turn state witness in the killing, Manila police commander Chief Superintendent Roberto Rosales said. He said police would ask state prosecutors to file murder charges against seven people, including Lope Jimenez, owner of Manila-based Buena Suerte Jimenez Fishing and Trading Co, and his brother Manuel Jimenez. The woman is the daughter-in-law of Manuel Jimenez. His son won a court battle to win custody of their two children then aged seven years and four months.

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