Asia Briefs: Thai police arrest senior monks

Thai police arrest senior monks

BANGKOK • Thai police raided four Buddhist temples in Bangkok and the adjacent central province of Nakhon Pathom yesterday, arresting several prominent monks and worshippers amid a crackdown on illegal financial dealings by temples.

Among those arrested was Phra Buddha Issara, 62, an activist monk who led street protests in 2014 and launched a campaign to clean up Buddhism.


Ex-chief of China insurer jailed for graft

BEIJING • The former president of the People's Insurance Company (Group) of China Limited (PICC) was jailed for 11 years for taking bribes, People's Daily reported yesterday.

Wang Yincheng, who was also a vice-Communist Party secretary, was found guilty of receiving 8.7 million yuan (S$1.8 million) in bribes from 2006 to 2016 in exchange for helping individuals and companies with project contracts, giving staff promotions and employing their children, the report said.


China: No clues on US worker's brain trauma

BEIJING • China has found no clues to determine what caused a US government employee to suffer a brain trauma after experiencing unusual sounds, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday.

The US State Department has said the incident in the southern city of Guangzhou resembled the still-unexplained injuries that befell US and Canadian diplomats in Cuba last year.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2018, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe