Asia Briefs: Cambodian senator faces treason charge

Cambodian senator faces treason charge

PHNOM PENH• Prominent Cambodian opposition senator Hong Sok Hour, who angered Prime Minister Hun Sen with a Facebook posting of a phoney pledge to dissolve the border with Vietnam, has been arrested and will be charged with treason, a government spokesman said. A lawmaker from Mr Sok Hour's Cambodia National Rescue Party said the posted treaty was a fake and that his arrest was "illegal" as senators have immunity from arrest or prosecution.


Food shortages 'to be three times more likely'

TORONTO • Global food shortages will become three times more likely as a result of climate change and the international community needs to be ready to respond to price shocks to prevent civil unrest, a joint American-British task force has warned. Rather than being a once-a-century event, severe production shocks are likely to occur every 30 years by 2040, it said.


US stock market plunge: British trader out on bail

LONDON • Navinder Singh Sarao, the British futures trader charged by the United States authorities with contributing to a sudden plunge in American stock markets five years ago, has been assigned a reduced bail at a court hearing, allowing him to be released from custody.

Sarao has been in jail since April after being accused of fraud and market manipulation.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 16, 2015, with the headline 'Asia Briefs: Cambodian senator faces treason charge'. Print Edition | Subscribe