Asia Briefs: Graft charges an insult: S. Korea's ex-president

Graft charges an insult: S. Korea's ex-president

SEOUL • Former South Korean president Lee Myung Bak yesterday defiantly described the corruption charges he faces as an insult at his first court appearance since his arrest in March.

The 76-year-old, who was president from 2008 to 2013, faces multiple charges including bribery, abuse of power, embezzlement, and tax evasion.

He has been charged with accepting a total of about 11 billion won (S$13.6 million) in bribes between 2007, when he won the presidential election, and 2012, court documents said.


Nurse killed in virus outbreak hailed a hero

KOCHI (India) • A 28-year-old nurse who died in an outbreak of the deadly Nipah virus has been hailed as a hero after it emerged that she was infected while taking care of a family that had contracted the disease.

Ms Lini Puthussery, from the southern Indian state of Kerala, started experiencing symptoms of the disease on Sunday. She got herself admitted in hospital, and asked to be quarantined.

According to the BBC, in a letter to her husband before she died on Monday, she wrote: "I don't think I will be able to see you again. Sorry. Please raise our children well". Ms Puthussery's two sons are aged two and five.

Thai cops face charges in cash-for-jobs scam

BANGKOK • Six Thai police officers who were seeking promotion now face charges after they were duped into paying US$130,000 (S$172,000) in bribes to a trickster posing online as a senior officer.

In a case that exposed a cash-for-jobs culture in the force, a taxi driver allegedly tricked the officers by using a profile photo of a police major-general on Thailand's top social media platform.

One officer who paid US$31,000 to the scammer in 2016 happened to later get promoted, giving a boost to the credibility of the ruse for one more year.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 24, 2018, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe