Asia Briefs: Former vice-governor gets life sentence

Former vice-governor gets life sentence

NANNING • Liu Zhigeng, former vice-governor of China's Guangdong province, has been given a life sentence for accepting bribes of over 98 million yuan (S$20 million), said a court in Nanning, capital of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, yesterday.

The court found that between 1993 and 2012, Liu acquired stock, land interests and bank loans for others in return for 98.17 million yuan in cash and gifts. All his personal assets were confiscated.

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Marijuana use: BigBang rapper T.O.P nabbed

SEOUL • Rapper T.O.P of popular South Korean boyband BigBang has been arrested for smoking marijuana in October last year, the police said yesterday.

The 29-year-old tested positive for marijuana use, the Seoul police were quoted as saying by Yonhap news agency. It was not confirmed whether he was a habitual marijuana user, said the report.

Since Feb 9, he has been doing his military service in the band unit of the Seoul National Police Agency, said The Korea Herald.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 02, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs '. Print Edition | Subscribe