Asia Briefs: Justo to be granted royal pardon, says lawyer

Justo to be granted royal pardon, says lawyer

BANGKOK • Former PetroSaudi International employee Andre Xavier Justo is expected to be among thousands of Thai and foreign prisoners granted a royal pardon by Thailand's new king, his lawyer said yesterday, according to Bernama.

Mr Worasit Piriyawiboon said his client qualified for a pardon as he had less than a year of his prison term left. Justo was jailed for attempted blackmail of PetroSaudi, which was involved in a deal with Malaysian state fund 1MDB.

Delhi opens kitchens for victims of currency move

NEW DELHI• • The Delhi government has started common kitchens at 10 places across the Indian capital to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to those who have "lost their livelihood due to demonetisation".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the controversial decision last month to take out of circulation 500-rupee and 1,000-rupee notes, which make up 86 per cent of the cash in circulation.


S. Korea extends cull as bird flu outbreak spreads

SEOUL• • South Korea will cull an additional 2.5 million chickens and ducks to contain a bird flu outbreak that continues to spread.

Since the first case of the highly pathogenic H5N6 virus was confirmed last month, another 43 cases have been reported and almost 10 million chickens and ducks have been slaughtered in farms across the country. There have been no cases of human infections from H5N6 in South Korea.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 14, 2016, with the headline 'AsiaBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe