Asia Briefs: 5 jailed for attack on tourists in Thailand

5 jailed for attack on tourists in Thailand

BANGKOK • A Thai court has sentenced five Cambodian fishermen to 50 years' jail each for a violent 2016 attack on French tourists in which two women were raped.

The men were given the maximum allowable sentence on a raft of charges, including rape, following their arrest more than two years ago for the attack on the secluded Thai island of Koh Kut.


Remove Robert Kuok articles, news site told

PETALING JAYA • The Malaysia Today portal has been instructed by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to remove three articles it had published about billionaire Robert Kuok, alleging that Mr Kuok had funded various political parties in order to overthrow the government.

Mr Kuok had threatened to take action against the portal over the allegations.


March against protest law tweaks in Yangon

YANGON • Hundreds of people marched through Myanmar's largest city Yangon yesterday to oppose changes to a protest law being discussed in Parliament.

The changes could bring three-year prison terms for those supporting a demonstration that harms the "security, rule of law and stability of the state, and the moral interests of the people". Activists have warned that the law would limit free speech.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 06, 2018, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Subscribe