Asia Briefs: Rayani Air suspended for 3 months

Rayani Air suspended for 3 months

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia's first Islamic- compliant airline has been suspended for three months, a senior official said yesterday, as the government announced a safety audit of the carrier.

Mr Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director-general of the Department of Civil Aviation, said Rayani Air contravened civil aviation regulations, declining to elaborate.

In recent weeks, the carrier had drawn increasing criticism from passengers and the government due to last-minute delays and cancellations.


HK activist on trial for cop assault

HONG KONG • A Hong Kong pro-democracy protester who was allegedly beaten by police in an attack captured by TV cameras and beamed around the world stood trial yesterday over allegations that he had assaulted officers.

Political activist Ken Tsang, who has pleaded not guilty, is accused of splashing liquid on police officers during mass street rallies in 2014 - the same night he was beaten up.

The police who allegedly attacked him, who are not the same officers whom Tsang is accused of assaulting, are to stand trial separately.


High security at Dhaka new year fete

DHAKA • There will be "unprecedented" security for this week's Bengali New Year festivities which hardline clerics have branded "un-Islamic", said Bangladesh police yesterday, as the country faces rising religious violence.

Police said thousands of officers would be deployed for the annual street parade on Thursday that traditionally sees hundreds of thousands of revellers swarm the capital.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 12, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe