Asia Briefs: Indonesian tycoon probed for SMS threats

Indonesian tycoon probed for SMS threats

JAKARTA • Indonesian media and property tycoon Hary Tanoesoedibjo has been questioned by the police over alleged threats against a public prosecutor.

Mr Hary, who is building two Trump Organization hotel projects, was summoned as a suspect yesterday after an investigation was issued against him last month, a police spokesman said.

The billionaire was reported to the police by an attorney named Yulianto, who claimed Mr Hary had threatened him via text messages in January last year.

He was handling a graft case which involved Mobile-8 Telecom, a company owned by Mr Hary.


Dissident's treatment: Relative clears rumours

BEIJING • The brother-in-law of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has denied that doctors have halted medication for him, in a letter released by the hospital treating the Nobel Peace laureate, following rumours that he was too ill for treatment to continue.

Mr Liu, 61, was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for "inciting subversion of state power" after he helped write a petition known as "Charter 08" calling for sweeping political reforms.

The letter, signed by his brother-in-law, Mr Liu Hui, was released late on Thursday on the hospital website.

It said medication has been adjusted because the patient's condition has worsened.


Shell subsidiary to pay $3.3m for tanker blast

ISLAMABAD • Pakistan's oil and gas regulator yesterday ordered a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell to pay about 257 million rupees (S$3.3 million) in damages and compensation for a tanker explosion that killed more than 200 people last month.

The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority has held Shell Pakistan responsible for the blast in Punjab province on June 25 after the tanker carrying petrol for the company rolled over, and villagers rushed to collect leaking fuel.

The road accident was caused by "non-professional driving/vehicle being lesser than required specs", the authority said in a report.


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