Asia Briefs: Taiwan building collapse: 3 charged

Taiwan building collapse: 3 charged

TAIPEI • A Taiwanese developer was indicted yesterday over the partial collapse of a building that killed 14 people during an earthquake in February, prosecutors said.

The building's architect and a civil engineer were also charged with causing death and injury by professional negligence, punishable by a five-year jail term.


Pakistan Taleban leader killed

KABUL/PESHAWAR • Pakistani Taleban leader Mullah Fazlullah has been killed in a US-Afghan air strike in Afghanistan, a senior Afghan Defence Ministry official said yesterday.

Fazlullah was Pakistan's most-wanted militant, notorious for attacks including a 2014 school massacre that killed 132 children, and the 2012 shooting of schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai.


Sweden jails man who spied for China

STOCKHOLM • A Swedish court yesterday convicted a man of spying on Tibetan refugees and passing the information to an agent working for the Chinese security services.

The court sentenced the man, who has a Tibetan mother, to one year and 10 months in prison. The partly redacted court document did not give the man's citizenship or name but said he came to Sweden as a refugee via Nepal.


Three S. Korean ex-spy chiefs jailed

SEOUL • Three South Korean former spy chiefs were sentenced to jail yesterday for bribing disgraced ex-president Park Geun Hye with millions of dollars from the country's intelligence agency. The trio were convicted of funnelling a total of 3.5 billion won (S$4.3 million) to Park while they each served as head of the National Intelligence Service between 2013 and 2016.


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