Asia Briefs: Samsung heir's appeal against sentence

Samsung heir's appeal against sentence

SEOUL • The heir to South Korea's Samsung Group appeared in court yesterday for the first day of arguments in the appeal of his five-year jail term for corruption.

Lee Jae Yong, 49, was convicted by a lower court in August of bribing former president Park Geun Hye.

The defence will focus on a few key arguments, including whether there was in fact an "ordinary type of bribery" as defined under South Korean law, which says only civil servants come under the statute. The appeal hearing continues on Oct 19.


China has right to bar people from HK entry

BEIJING • China yesterday said it had the right to bar people from Hong Kong, a day after British activist Benedict Rogers was denied entry to the former British colony.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said the central government had a responsibility for foreign matters related to Hong Kong, adding that a solemn representation has been lodged with Britain.


3 charities banned from aiding Rohingya

DHAKA • Bangladesh has banned three Islamic charities from working with Rohingya refugees, a lawmaker said yesterday, amid concerns that displaced Muslims in camps along its border could be radicalised.

Mr Mahjabeen Khaled, an MP from the ruling Awami League, said the international charities Muslim Aid and Islamic Relief, and the Bangladesh-based Allama Fazlullah Foundation had been blacklisted from the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar. No specific allegations were levelled at them.


Indian youth to be trained in Japan

NEW DELHI • India will send 300,000 youth to Japan for on-the-job training for three to five years as part of the government's skill development programme, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said.

The Times of India reported that Japan will bear the financial cost of the training.

Mr Pradhan added that the memorandum of cooperation is expected to be signed during his three-day visit to Tokyo starting next Monday.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 13, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe