Murder suspect extradited
A suspected drug gangster accused of orchestrating the murders of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River last year has been extradited from Laos, Xinhua news agency said. Naw Kham was flown on a chartered plane dispatched by Chinese authorities on Thursday morning, it said. State broadcasters aired his arrival live. Nine Thai soldiers previously surrendered in the case, but will not be extradited. Thai authorities are still investigating, and police will go to China this month to interview the victims’ families. The sailors were on two Chinese cargo ships hijacked in October in Southeast Asia’s Golden Triangle region, which is notorious for the production and trafficking of heroin and other illicit drugs.
Churchgoer bites man’s ear
A churchgoer became so enraged that the dishes had not been done following a Sunday service that she ripped off part of a fellow parishioner’s earlobe, the Manawatu Standard reported yesterday. The attack occurred during a meeting of church members who have known each other for about 10 years, the newspaper said. Ateliana Lei Malu, 52, became agitated after mentioning the dishes had not been done and then pulled the man to the ground, scratched his face, gave him a black eye and pulled his hair, the report said. When parishioners pulled Malu off the victim, she lashed out again, ripping off part of his earlobe. Malu pleaded guilty in court to a charge of assault and will be sentenced next month.
PM’s stalker jailed
A man who threatened to kill Prime Minister John Key by blowing him up as he dined in a restaurant was yesterday jailed for 13 months, media reports said. Keith William Mabey, 22, who suffers from schizophrenia, had told a psychologist he had imagined killing Key ever since he became prime minister in 2009. Mabey said he knew which restaurant Key and his wife dined at every Thursday and planned to walk in and blow him up. He said he had researched bombmaking on the Internet and had successfully carried out tests using gunpowder and a detonator.
‘Dead’ man recovering
A man pronounced dead by paramedics following a car crash, who then left the scene, was discharged from hospital after making a remarkable recovery, the Age newspaper said yesterday. Daniel Huf, 30, was trapped upside down in the wreckage of a Porsche in a Melbourne suburb and was declared dead after being treated at the scene on April 1. He was reportedly left in the car for up to an hour as police began their investigations until emergency services officials began removing what they thought was a corpse and discovered a feeble pulse. The Age said Huf left hospital on Thursday. Ambulance Victoria said it was investigating the bungle, with the two paramedics involved traumatized by their mistake.
Vanuatu expels officers
A dozen federal police officers were expelled from Vanuatu on Thursday in a diplomatic row over the arrest of the prime minister’s private secretary. Australia’s foreign office said it was “disappointed and concerned” at what it called “retaliation” for the detention of Clarence Marae at Sydney airport on April 27. Marae was held while traveling with Vanuatuan Prime Minister Sato Kilman, en route to Israel for a state visit, and was charged with conspiracy to defraud. Reports said the arrest was linked to an alleged international tax scam.