Bomb trial interpreter held on drug charge
BANGKOK • A translator for two Uighur men accused of a deadly Bangkok bombing was remanded in custody yesterday for drug possession, further complicating a trial that has failed to answer key questions about the attack.
Sirojiddin Bakhodirov was arrested this week with small amounts of marijuana and crystal methamphetamine. A Bangkok court extended the Uzbek national's remand yesterday, said police.
Bakhodirov, the only Uighur translator at the Bangkok bomb trial, said the drugs were planted to punish him for helping Thailand's Uighur community.
China presses ahead with key graft cases
BEIJING • China will launch court action against a former deputy sports minister and a former city police chief for corruption, the top prosecutor's office said yesterday, in the latest step in its anti-graft campaign.
In a statement, China's top prosecutor listed at least six people and the charges they face, but gave no further details. Xiao Tian, formerly deputy head of the General Administration of Sport, and Wu Changshun, once the public security boss in Tianjin city, were among those whose cases were moved forward.
Nepal to drain glacial lake near Everest
KATHMANDU • Nepali soldiers have kicked off efforts to partially drain a giant glacial lake near Mount Everest, fearing possible flooding that could threaten the lives of thousands, an army official said yesterday.
Scientists say climate change is causing Himalayan glaciers to melt at an alarming rate, creating huge glacial lakes that could burst their banks and devastate mountain communities.