Asia Briefs: Most-wanted Chinese fraud suspect arrested

Most-wanted Chinese fraud suspect arrested

SHANGHAI • China has arrested one of its top 10 most-wanted fraud suspects, who is accused of conspiring with others to swindle 35 million yuan (S$7.3 million) in a telecoms scam.

Wen Longjian, 32, is accused of defrauding a corporate accountant by impersonating the head of a company on an instant messaging app last December, state news agency Xinhua said late on Tuesday, quoting the Ministry of Public Security.


Last Tiananmen Square prisoner to be released

BEIJING • China plans to release the last prisoner known to be held in connection with the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests after nearly three decades in jail, according to a US-based human rights group.

Miao Deshun, 51, is due to be released in October, the Duihua Foundation said on Tuesday, after serving more than 27 years in prison for his involvement in the mass demonstrations that were brutally put down by China's government.

Chinese troops killed hundreds - or more than 1,000, according to some estimates - of unarmed civilians during the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.


Dhaka on alert ahead of war crimes verdict

DHAKA • The Bangladesh capital was on high alert yesterday ahead of a Supreme Court verdict on the nation's top Islamist leader that could clear the way for his execution for war crimes within days.

Jamaat-e-Islami party leader Motiur Rahman Nizami, 73, will likely face the gallows in less than a week if the court dismisses his final appeal today over crimes committed during the country's independence war.

Previous convictions of Jamaat officials had triggered the country's deadliest violence in decades, with around 500 people killed, mainly in clashes between Islamists and police.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 05, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Subscribe