Asia Briefs: Tibetan monk faces money-laundering rap

Tibetan monk faces money-laundering rap

NEW DELHI • A top Tibetan monk who is seen as a potential successor to the Dalai Lama is to be prosecuted for money-laundering after an Indian court overturned a decision to drop charges, police said.

On Wednesday, a judge issued an order to open criminal proceedings against Karmapa Urgyen Trinley over the recovery of around US$1 million (S$1.35 million) in foreign currency during a raid on his monastery four years ago. Trinley, 30, has denied any wrongdoing.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Premier Li blasts officials for laziness

BEIJING • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang lashed out again on Wednesday at officials ignoring orders to reduce bureaucracy amid an economic slowdown, blasting them for being little better than corrupt cadres. He has repeatedly criticised officials for being lazy in implementing policy directives. He was commenting on a report given to the Cabinet this week based on investigation teams sent to 18 provinces and cities in May.

REUTERS

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