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Ex-official commits suicide

A former senior government official has committed suicide after being questioned over an alleged US$750,000 corruption case, his family said yesterday. Alexandre Ho Si-him (何思謙), 62, former head of the Macau Consumer Council, hanged himself in a hotel room in Zhuhai, China, on Sunday, a statement released by his sister said. Ho stepped down after being questioned by anti-corruption investigators in December. He was accused of corruption over the granting of government contracts over a four-year period to companies he owned.


Yettaw flies home

A US man jailed for swimming to Aung San Suu Kyi’s home flew home to the US from Bangkok yesterday, officials said, ending a bizarre saga that has left the Nobel laureate locked up for another 18 months. John Yettaw, 54, had three days of medical tests at a hospital in Bangkok following his deportation from Myanmar on Sunday. Sitting in a wheelchair and wearing a face mask, a frail and tired-looking Yettaw was pushed through the departures area of the airport on the way to his flight, local TV showed. He held the hand of a Thai nurse and was dressed in khaki trousers and a white shirt. Airline sources said Yettaw was ticketed through to Springfield, Missouri, in a business class seat, with stops in Tokyo and Chicago.


Fake general arrested

A con man posing as a two-star general in Prime Minister Hun Sen’s elite bodyguard unit has been charged with fraud, forgery and using illegal weapons, the Phnom Penh Post reported yesterday. Meng Sarith, 42, was arrested after police were told that one victim had paid him US$4,500 in exchange for the “general” using his supposed influence to free the payee’s brother from jail. He is now awaiting trial in Phnom Penh.


Teen beaten at boot camp

A 14-year-old boy was beaten up and seriously injured at an Internet boot camp within days of a boy dying after a similar attack, state media said yesterday. Pu Liang was sent to a training camp near Chengdu this month by his parents to treat Internet addiction, the China Daily said. After he was attacked, Pu was taken to hospital with water in the lungs and kidney failure, the paper said without explaining how he had arrived by his injuries. One of his trainers was detained by police suspected of causing injury, the report said. The camp says Pu was set upon by classmates. Deng Senshan, 15, was beaten to death on Aug. 2, just 10 hours after entering an Internet bootcamp in Guangxi. Police detained 13 people who were suspected of inflicting intentional injuries and of illegally operating the camp, Xinhua news agency said.


Soprano Behrens dies

German soprano Hildegard Behrens, one of the finest Wagnerian performers of her generation, died in Tokyo on Tuesday. She was 72. Jonathan Friend, artistic administrator of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, said in an e-mail to opera officials on Tuesday that Behrens felt unwell while traveling to a festival near Tokyo. She went to a Tokyo hospital, where she died of an apparent aneurysm. She made her professional stage debut in Freiburg as the countess in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in 1971 and made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Giorgetta in Puccini’s Il Tabarro in 1976. A funeral was planned in Vienna.


CPJ criticizes Moscow

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