Asia Briefs: Families slam Seoul over Sewol 'remains'

Families slam Seoul over Sewol 'remains'

SEOUL • The South Korean authorities faced a deluge of criticism yesterday for announcing that human remains had been found from the sunken Sewol ferry, only to correct themselves within hours to say they were animal bones.

Newspapers said relatives of the missing had been put through "heaven and hell" and accused the maritime ministry of recklessness. Nine of the 304 people killed nearly three years ago in one of the country's worst maritime disasters were never found.


JB cyclists' deaths: Driver claims trial

JOHOR BARU • The driver who allegedly rammed her car into a group of teenage cyclists in Johor Baru last month, killing eight, has claimed trial to driving recklessly and dangerously.

Saleswoman Sam Ke Ting, 22, was charged on Tuesday with driving recklessly and dangerously at around 3.20am on Feb 18 on a multi-lane road that circles the city's central area. Eight other cyclists were injured.


Pakistan blocks US teen's extradition

ISLAMABAD • The Islamabad High Court has temporarily barred the extradition of Talha Haroon, 19, an American accused of planning a terrorist attack in New York, lawyer Tariq Asad said yesterday, adding that "the allegation was that he was planning an armed operation against a public place in New York" with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria terror group.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 30, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe