Asia Briefs: S. Korea's first woman PM to be jailed

Han Myeong Sook

S. Korea's first woman PM to be jailed

SEOUL • South Korea's first female prime minister was headed for jail yesterday after the Supreme Court upheld a conviction and two-year prison sentence for accepting illicit political funds. Now 71, Han Myeong Sook served one year as prime minister from April 2006 under the administration of then President Roh Moo Hyun.

In 2010, she was tried on charges of receiving 880 million won (S$1.1 million) from a businessman in illegal campaign funding for her eventually unsuccessful 2007 bid to secure her party's presidential nomination.

Currently a sitting MP, Han will automatically forfeit her seat in the National Assembly. She has always denied accepting illicit money and accused the government of using state prosecutors to tarnish her reputation.


Indonesian crash: All bodies recovered

JAYAPURA • The bodies of all 54 people killed in a plane crash in eastern Indonesia have been recovered from a remote jungle site and flown to a hospital, an official said yesterday.

The authorities had initially hoped to use helicopters to transport the remains of Sunday's crash victims from the site in Papua province, but bad weather meant the bodies had to be carried out of the jungle by people on foot before they were flown to the Papuan capital, Jayapura.

Captain Beni Sumaryanto, Trigana Air's service director of operations, said all the bodies had been recovered. "They are now in the police hospital at Jayapura for identification," he said. "After that, they will be given to the families."


Three detained in Pakistan over poster

LAHORE • Pakistani police have arrested three Christian men under terrorism laws for using the word "prophet" to describe a dead pastor on a poster, officials said yesterday.

The men were arrested in Gujrat, in the eastern province of Punjab, after the police spotted posters marking the 20th death anniversary of priest Fazal Masih that referred to him using the Urdu word for prophet.

In Pakistan, the word is used for only Islamic prophets, and anyone claiming to be one is liable to be charged under blasphemy laws, which can carry the death penalty.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 21, 2015, with the headline 'Asia Briefs: S. Korea's first woman PM to be jailed'. Print Edition | Subscribe