Asia Briefs: Official linked to adoption scandal

Official linked to adoption scandal

KOLKATA • Indian police said yesterday they had arrested a senior regional official from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party over alleged links to a trafficking scandal that saw children being sold to foreign couples.

Investigators said children aged between six months and 14 years were sold in illegal adoptions to couples from Europe, America and Asia for between US$12,000 (S$16,900) and US$23,000 and taken out of the country.


Gunman admits to killing govt critic

PHNOM PENH • An unemployed former Cambodian soldier who calls himself "Meet to Kill" admitted yesterday to the brazen murder of renowned government critic Kem Ley, saying the killing was in revenge for an unpaid debt.

Doubt was immediately cast over his apparent motive by Kem Ley supporters, in a country with a long and dark history of political assassinations.


Duterte signs Paris climate pact

MANILA • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the Paris Agreement on climate change restricting greenhouse gas emissions, putting the deal one step closer to ratification in the country, a senator said yesterday.


Backpackers' killers lose appeal

BANGKOK • A Thai appeal court upheld the death sentence handed down to two Myanmar migrant workers, Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, for the murder of two British backpackers on a holiday island in 2014, the lawyer representing the two men said yesterday.

The bodies of backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller were found on a beach on Koh Tao island in September 2014. Police said Ms Witheridge, 23, had been raped and bludgeoned to death and Mr Miller, 24, had suffered blows to his head.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 02, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe