Asia Briefs: Arrest warrant for Manila drug critic

Arrest warrant for Manila drug critic

MANILA • An arrest warrant was issued yesterday for the highest-profile opponent of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on drugs, outraging her supporters who said the move was aimed at silencing her.

Senator Leila de Lima, 57, a lawyer who has spent nearly a decade trying to link Mr Duterte to death squads that have allegedly killed thousands of people, faces drug trafficking charges that could see her jailed for life.


Cambodia land activist jailed over protest

PHNOM PENH • A Cambodian court sentenced a prominent land rights activist to 21/2 years' jail yesterday for her role in a protest outside Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence in 2013.

Tep Vanny was found guilty of assaulting security guards while trying to deliver a petition asking for assistance in a long-running land dispute.

Eyewitness testimony that neither Vanny nor other protesters were involved in any clash failed to sway the judge.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 24, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe