Alleged killer cop repatriated
Malaysian authorities yesterday repatriated a fugitive Singaporean police officer suspected of a gruesome double murder that has shocked the city-state, officials confirmed. Car workshop owner Tan Boon Sin, 67, was found dead in his home on Wednesday while his 42-year-old son’s body was found a kilometer away after being dragged under a car owned by the elderly victim, leaving a trail of blood on the road. A Singapore Police Force spokesman told reporters that the suspect, Senior Staff Sergeant Iskandar Rahmat, 34, was arrested by Malaysian police on Friday night. The spokesman said police were investigating the link between the victims and Iskandar, but added that the police officer had attended to a theft complaint filed by the elder Tan in November last year. Iskandar was subsequently reassigned to another position.
Meth found hidden in tea
Authorities seized nearly 50kg of methamphetamine disguised as Chinese tea at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), police said. Anti-narcotics agents arrested two ethnic Chinese Malaysians at the airport on Wednesday and later intercepted 12.7kg of the drug, police said in a statement late on Friday. “Police found a bag left in front of a shop in KLIA that contained 12 plastic packages labeled ‘Guanyingwang Refined Chinese Team,’” police said. They added that two pieces of unclaimed luggage were seized the next day that contained 34.5kg more of the drug, similarly labeled. The total value of the seizure was put at about US$2.7 million. The two men, aged 36 and 66, were still being held by police. Reports quoted Federal Narcotics Crime Investigation chief Noor Rashid Ibrahim as saying the drugs came from Myanmar.
Painter’s wife hid assets
The wife of late painter Ikuo Hirayama concealed about US$3 million worth of her husband’s assets to avoid a hefty tax bill, reports said yesterday. Hirayama, a UNESCO goodwill ambassador who campaigned for the preservation of the world’s cultural heritage, died in 2009, leaving assets worth more than ￥1 billion (US$10 million), mostly in the form of artwork, newspapers said. Most of the assets were donated as non-taxable items to a museum named after him, but his 87-year-old wife failed to report about ￥200 million in cash kept at her home, the Yomiuri and the Asahi newspapers said, citing unnamed sources. She also reported the value of copyrights inherited from her husband at about ￥100 million less than the real amount, the reports said. She was forced to pay ￥150 million in back taxes and penalties, the reports said.
Sam Rainsy sets return date
Self-exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy yesterday said he will return to his homeland on Friday, less than two weeks before his beleaguered Cambodian National Rescue Party challenges Prime Minister Hun Sen in national polls. Sam Rainsy announced the date of his intended return on his Facebook page a day after Hun Sen engineered a pardon for his most prominent rival. The pardon cleared the way for Sam Rainsy to return to campaign for his party without facing immediate arrest and imprisonment. It came after the US and others had said the exclusion of Sam Rainsy from the July 28 vote would call into question the polls’ legitimacy. His return is not likely to greatly affect the big picture at the polls, where Hun Sen appears assured of extending his 28-year rule.