Opposition sues poll body
The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) yesterday accused three top National Election Committee officials and their accomplices of faking voter names on the electoral roll, using “fake election results” and abusing the election law. “These are criminal offenses,” senior CNRP official Kuy Bunroeun said after the lawsuit was filed at the Phnom Penh municipal court. “We are filing a complaint to find justice for the people,” he added. “The results are not acceptable.” According to final results released by the commission on Sunday Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party won 68 seats in the July polls against 55 for the opposition.
Tokyo hangs sixth this year
A 73-year-old man convicted of murder and robbery was hanged yesterday, the nation’s sixth execution of the year. The Ministry of Justice said the hanging was carried out in Tokyo. The man had shot dead a restaurant owner in 2004, stealing his bag containing ￥400,000 (US$4,000) in cash. Tokyo executed three inmates in February and two in April. There are 132 inmates currently on death row.
UN pans refugee expulsion
At least 20,000 Burundian refugees living in Tanzania have been forcibly repatriated over the past month, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Catherine Huck said yesterday, describing a “dramatic” humanitarian situation. Close to a million refugees fled from Burundi to Tanzania when civil war broke out in 1993, and most returned voluntarily after the conflict in their country ended in 2006. However, patience appears to have run out in Tanzania, which has hosted millions of refugees over the past decades from conflicts across Africa’s Great Lakes region, and authorities have been accelerating expulsions of refugees from Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Huck said trucks carrying hundreds of refugees were crossing the border each day, with many of those expelled without access to shelter or water.
Man jailed for subversion
Hanoi has sentenced a former army officer to 15 years in jail for plotting to overthrow the communist regime, a court official said yesterday, in the latest crackdown on dissent. Ngo Hao, 65, who served under the US-backed regime in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War, was convicted at a trial in Phu Yen Province on Wednesday, the official said. He was accused of activities seeking a multiparty political system under the instruction of the Bloc 8406 pro-democracy movement, which is banned in the nation, media reports said.
Man freed in ‘octopus death’
The Supreme Court yesterday upheld the acquittal of a 32-year-old man sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his girlfriend, whom he said choked to death on a live octopus. Fueled by accusations of police incompetence, the case has received wide public attention. “Indirect, circumstantial evidence is insufficient to support the charge that the accused killed the woman by suffocating her,” the court said in a statement, upholding an April ruling by an appeals court. The man, identified only as Mr Kim, checked into a motel in Incheon City with his girlfriend in April 2010 after buying two live octopuses from a restaurant. He later called reception to say his girlfriend had collapsed after eating one of them. She was taken to hospital, but died 16 days later.