Asia Briefs: Lawmaker charged over misconduct

Lawmaker charged over misconduct

HONG KONG • Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker "Long Hair" Leung Kwok Hung has been charged with failing to declare a donation of HK$250,000 (S$43,000) from a media tycoon and outspoken critic of China, the Chinese-ruled city's corruption watchdog said yesterday.

The charge comes at a time of mounting political tension in Hong Kong, with a growing trend of radical activists forming political groups and staging disruptive protests calling for democracy for Hong Kong or independence.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption said Leung, 60, a member of Hong Kong's Legislative Council and a strident China critic who frequently heckles officials, was charged with one count of misconduct in public office.


Body parts found in Tokyo park's pond

TOKYO • A leafy Tokyo park became the scene of a gruesome investigation yesterday after human body parts were found floating in a pond, according to the authorities and media reports.

Investigators retrieved a leg, a head and part of a torso in the 1m-deep water, while a turtle was caught with an unspecified body part in its mouth, Nippon Television reported.

Police confirmed the discovery of some body parts but declined to give further details or speculate on how the remains ended up in the shallow pond.


Official sacked following sexual assault

PHNOM PENH • The Cambodian Ministry of Education said in a statement yesterday that it had removed a senior education official from his position after he sexually assaulted his interpreter while attending a seminar in South Korea.

Kry Seang Long, director of the ministry's vocational orientation department, was charged with sexually assaulting his Korean interpreter late last month and released after he paid 14.1 million won (S$16,500) in fines.

The statement said the disgraced official had borrowed money from his colleagues and department to pay the fines and had repaid the debt to the department after he returned to Cambodia.


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