Asia Briefs: Trial begins in Thai human trafficking case

Trial begins in Thai human trafficking case

BANGKOK • The trial of 92 suspected human traffickers, which included an army general, police officers and civilians, began in Bangkok yesterday. The suspects were arrested after the discovery of 30 shallow graves of migrants in the Thai jungle bordering Malaysia. Many of the bodies were believed to be of the Rohingya, a persecuted ethnic Muslim minority in majority Buddhist Myanmar.


China seeks US Internet security cooperation

BEIJING • China wants to have deeper Internet security and anti-terrorism cooperation with the United States, China's Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun told the visiting US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James B. Comey, reported state news agency Xinhua. The minister said China was willing to enhance strategic mutual trust and the respect of each other's core interests, and to "deepen law enforcement and security cooperation in the fields of Internet security and counter-terrorism".


KL plans to ban foreign political donations

PETALING JAYA • The National Consultative Committee on Political Funding in Malaysia is proposing a ban on all political donations from foreign interests and sources, The Malay Mail reported.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Paul Low said the move was to safeguard against foreign influence on local politics. If the donations are not disclosed within two weeks of receipt, the recipient and donor would be charged under anti-corruption laws, he said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe