Legal blinding postponed
The court-ordered blinding of a local man who hurled acid in the face of university classmate Ameneh Bahrami has been postponed, the ISNA news agency said yesterday, without giving a source. “The execution of qesas [retribution in kind] of Majid [Movahedi] ... has been postponed to an unknown date,” the news agency said on its Web site. Movahedi was sentenced to be blinded in both eyes in February 2009 for hurling acid in the face of Ameneh after she repeatedly spurned his offer of marriage.
Two arrested for drugs
Customs officials said yesterday that they arrested two Iranian men and seized heroin worth US$12.6 million in the country’s biggest drug haul of the year. Central Selangor customs director Azis Yacub told state media that officials seized 278 packages of the drug during checks on five containers filled with cement bags at Port Klang on April 28. Azis told local papers that if the heroin had been processed, its street value would have been three times as much. There has been a steep increase in the number of alleged Iranian drug traffickers arrested in the country recently, with 138 caught from January to October last year compared with 16 in the whole of 2009.
Fraud gang arrested
Police have arrested 56 foreigners on suspicion of international telephone and Internet fraud, state media said yesterday. The 45 men and 11 women, identified only as Asian, were arrested in two separate locations in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday after raids by police, said the state-run Nhan Dan [People] newspaper. The gang pretended to be police, customs and tax officials to access the information and account passwords of both locals and foreigners in order to steal their money, the report said. Police said they had confiscated 17 laptops, 15 Wi-Fi transmitters, 103 telephone sets, mobile phones and other equipment. Last year, at least 130 Chinese and Taiwanese people were arrested in the country on similar allegations.
Two terror suspects killed
Police killed two terror suspects during a raid early yesterday, following the arrest of four suspected terrorists a day earlier. “The two men on a motorcycle tried to escape and opened fire on police personnel,” national police deputy spokesman I Ketut Untung Yoga Ana said, adding that the suspects were killed on the spot. The incident took place in Sukoharjo in Central Java Province at 1:15am. During the exchange of fire, one of the suspected terrorists shot dead a food seller the police said. Police have arrested dozens of suspects allegedly part of a new militant cell believed to have been behind a series of recent incidents, including book bombs which were sent to Muslim moderates and counter-terrorism officials.
Correa would take polygraph
President Rafael Correa said he is prepared to submit to a lie-detector test to prove he did not accept money from Colombia’s FARC rebels in his 2006 election campaign. Reports that the campaign received at least US$100,000 have dogged the leftist president ever since incriminating electronic documents were found in the camp of a FARC commander killed in a 2008 Colombian raid. They were renewed this week in a report by a London think thank that said it saw testimony of a former FARC operative who claimed he spoke to Correa by phone three times about guerrilla assistance to the campaign.