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Faisal Raza Abidi declared ‘healthy’ after medical check-up

ISLAMABAD: A medical check-up of former PPP senator, Faisal Raza Abidi, was conducted on orders of the Supreme Court on Friday. A relatively routine activity turned ugly at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) when supporters of Abidi and doctors indulged in bickering and nearly a brawl with each other. It all started when supporters escorting Abidi insisted to enter the X-Ray room where the ex-Senator was due to enter to undergo a scan. Doctors didn’t allow them and the confrontation ensued. Abidi also…

Families of jailed Myanmar reporters appeal for release

YANGON: The wife of one of two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar made an emotional appeal Tuesday to Aung San Suu Kyi to free her husband for the sake of their young daughter, as the leader comes under increasing criticism for her silence on the case. Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were arrested while reporting on atrocities committed during the military's bloody expulsion of some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims last year. A Yangon court on Monday found them guilty under the Official Secrets Act and sentenced them to…

Reactions to verdict on jailed Myanmar journalists

A Myanmar judge on Monday found two journalists guilty of breaching a law on state secrets and jailed them for seven years in a landmark case seen as a test of progress toward democracy in the Southeast Asian country. Here are some reactions to the news. The US AMBASSADOR TO MYANMAR SCOT MARCIEL: “I’m sad for Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and their families, but also for Myanmar. It’s deeply troubling for everybody who has struggled so hard here for media freedom. “I think one has to ask will this process increase or…

Myanmar reporters jailed for seven years in landmark secrets case

YANGON: A Myanmar judge on Monday found two Reuters journalists guilty of breaching a law on state secrets and jailed them for seven years, in a landmark case seen as a test of progress towards democracy in the Southeast Asian country. Yangon northern district judge Ye Lwin said Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, breached the colonial-era Official Secrets Act when they collected and obtained confidential documents. “The defendants ... have breached Official Secrets Act section 3.1.c, and are sentenced to seven years,”…

Indonesian man jailed for Facebook post allegedly insulting Islam

JAKARTA: An Indonesian was jailed for five years Monday for a Facebook post deemed offensive to Islam, his lawyer said, the latest conviction under the country's controversial electronic information law. Alnoldy Bahari, 39, was found guilty of spreading hate speech for a post in which he claimed to have experienced God’s presence and questioned the faith of other Muslims. "He's been sentenced to five years' jail and has to pay a fine of 100 million rupiah ($7,200)," said Bahari's lawyer Andi Komara. "We will most likely…

Pop singer Daler Mehndi gets two-year jail term – Here’s why

NEW DELHI:  Famed Indian pop singer Daler Mehndi has been sentenced to two years in prison after he was convicted in a 2003 human trafficking case by a court in New Delhi today, according to Indian news agency ANI. Mehndi was reportedly taken into custody by the Punjab Police as soon as his conviction was announced. But soon after his conviction on Friday (March 15), Mehndi approached the local court and he was granted bail, according to Economic Times. Daler Mehndi, 50, and his brother, Shamsher Singh, had been…

Polish car thief jailed after Valentine confession

WROCLAW, POLAND: A fugitive Polish car thief chose Valentine's Day to give himself up Wednesday after a year in hiding, saying he had had enough of arguing with his girlfriend. "He asked police to arrest him as he had had enough strife with his partner and of being in hiding. He said he was tired and needed a rest," Warsaw police said after the 34-year-old handed himself in. He will now serve a 17-month jail term handed down in 2016 which will be quarrel-free -- save for the maximum three hours a month his girlfriend…