Cellphone rings in rectum
A prisoner who tried to hide his cellphone during a search of his cell was caught out when guards heard ring tones from his rear end, a hospital official said yesterday. The 58-year-old convict had to be admitted to the national hospital in Colombo, where doctors later retrieved the handset from his rectum. “The man had concealed the phone inside his person,” the official said, asking not to be named. “Unfortunately for him, the phone rang at the wrong time and guards knew he had a phone at the wrong end.” He said the man was in hospital for two days, but was discharged and sent back to prison on Friday after the cellphone was taken out.
Visit leads to jail
A court yesterday jailed an elderly left-wing activist for four years for making an unauthorized trip across the border to North Korea. Ro Su-hui, 69, was convicted of violating a strict security law that penalizes pro-Pyongyang activity and bans citizens from going to the North without prior permission. Another activist, Won Jin-wook, received a three-year prison sentence for communicating with North Korean officials to arrange Ro’s trip. Ro, 69, entered the North via China in March last year for a memorial service marking the 100th day since the death of long-time North Korean ruler Kim Jong-il. He was arrested in July last year when he returned home.
Activist jailed over flags
A prominent political activist has been jailed for nine months for burning both the Chinese and city flags during anti-Beijing protests, court officials said yesterday. Pro-democracy campaigner Koo Sze-yiu (古思堯) was sentenced by a magistrate’s court on Thursday on four charges — three of desecrating the national Chinese flag and a fourth of desecrating the Hong Kong flag, a judiciary spokeswoman said. According to the South China Morning Post, Koo said he burnt the national and regional flags because he was unhappy with the regime in China, which he claims killed Chinese dissident Li Wangyang (李旺陽), and over the jailing of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波).
Ferry sinks, scores missing
Scores of people were missing after a ferry carrying about 100 passengers sank following a collision on a river yesterday, the latest in a series of disasters blamed on lax safety standards. The small vessel was ferrying passengers on the Meghna River, close to the town of Gazaria, at about 8am when it collided with a barge laden with sand. While some passengers managed to swim to safety as the boat went down rapidly, many others remained unaccounted for, officials involved in the rescue effort said.
Senator suspected of abuse
A controversial senator was reportedly arrested on Thursday for domestic violence. Public Broadcaster CBC said Senator Patrick Brazeau was in police custody and officers were searching his Ottawa-area home, which had been taped off with yellow police ribbons. A police spokesman confirmed they were holding a man for domestic violence, but did not identify Brazeau nor the victim, saying their investigation was ongoing and no charges had been laid yet. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced in the House of Commons Brazeau’s departure from the ruling Conservative group. “In light of the serious nature of the events reported today, I have removed Senator Brazeau from the Conservative caucus,” Harper said. Recently, the feisty, tattooed senator has come under fire for disparaging comments on social media about a female journalist and a native chief on a hunger strike.