World Briefs: Panama Papers law firm employee arrested

Panama Papers law firm employee arrested

GENEVA • An employee of the law firm at the centre of the leaks of the Panama Papers, which revealed offshore wealth held in secretive accounts, has been arrested in Geneva on charges of data theft, one of the employee's lawyers said on Wednesday.

It was not immediately clear what connection, if any, the IT worker might have had with the Panama Papers, a trove of 11.5 million documents from a Panama-based law firm, Mossack Fonseca.


Informal voting for new UN head begins in July

NEW YORK • The United Nations (UN) Security Council will begin the first of many expected rounds of secret "straw poll" voting to choose the next secretary-general to lead the world body on July 21.

French ambassador Francois Delattre, who holds the council presidency, said on Wednesday he had set the date in a letter to the president of the General Assembly.


Cliff Richard won't face sex crime charges

LONDON • Sir Cliff Richard, 75, one of Britain's best-known entertainers, will not face criminal charges over alleged historical sex crimes because there is insufficient evidence, prosecutors said yesterday. Britain's Crown Prosecution Service was handed a file of evidence by police in May relating to allegations against the singer.

"We have decided that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute," said Mr Martin Goldman, the Chief Crown Prosecutor for Yorkshire and Humberside.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 17, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe