The decision was made after the wealthy city-state agreed to waive corporal punishment if he is found guilty. Canadian David Roach is accused of having stolen S$30,000 ($22,758) from a branch of Standard Chartered bank in 2016 by handing a threatening note to a teller. He then fled to Thailand with the money. “All challenges fail,” said district judge N Tempia of the Westminster magistrates’ court. Roach’s lawyer had appealed against the extradition, in court documents seen by Reuters, citing Singapore prison conditions, the fact that his client was jailed in Thailand, and concerns that Singapore would not keep its promise. The case sparked debate at the time about whether Singapore, which has a very low crime rate, had become too complacent on security. The decision on Roach’s extradition has now been passed to Britain’s secretary of state. “Singapore authorities are working closely with the UK authorities on the next steps in this … [Read more...] about Court rules Britain free to extradite Singapore bank robbery suspect
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Friday's Tale Gambler-in-chief Son Nguyen Friday, Mar 16, 2018,21:48 (GMT+7) Gambler-in-chiefSon Nguyen The news came as a tsunami, sending shockwaves throughout the country when police busted a huge gambling ring this week, detaining a former major general at the Ministry of Public Security plus scores of others including entrepreneurs, and taking hold of trillions of Vietnam dong evidenced as gambling money. The case, now under extensive investigation, points to huge damages a high-ranking corrupt official can inflict on society, although it also mirrors the determination of national leaders to fight crimes. As widely covered in local media, Phu Tho Province’s police on Sunday arrested Nguyen Thanh Hoa accused of running a protection racket for a transnational online gambling ring. Before the ring was busted, Hoa served as head of the Department for Anti-High-Tech Crimes under the Ministry of Public Security, shortly known as … [Read more...] about Gambler-in-chief
It was the half-naked girls running from room to room upon her arrival that made Filipina teenager Ruby fear the cyber cafe job she had been offered online might in fact be a sinister scam. Ruby’s doubts turned to despair when her new employers - a husband and wife - dragged her in front of a computer and webcam and explained that her work would entail stripping and performing sex acts for paying customers across the globe. “It was like a bomb exploded,” Ruby, now 21, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an empty church in Tagaytay city in the Philippines. “I had seen cybersex dens in TV shows and movies, but I didn’t know that they existed in real life.” “I had been totally fooled,” Ruby added. “I was forced to do things you could not imagine a 16-year-old having to endure.” Ruby is not a rare case but one of a rising number of ever-younger victims of cybersex trafficking - a form of modern-day slavery where children are … [Read more...] about Webcam slavery: tech turns Filipino families into cybersex child traffickers
Officials should make public their personal income tax declarations and be punished if they are found to be inaccurate or false, a lawmaker said Wednesday. Nguyen Lan Hieu was speaking at a National Assembly session discussing proposed changes to Vietnam’s Anti-Corruption law. A draft amendment states that officials who fail to report their assets and incomes accurately or fail to clearly explain their origins will be slapped with a 45 percent personal income tax or a fine of 45 percent of the value of inaccurately reported or unexplained assets and incomes. Officials can also be prosecuted and have their assets seized if their declarations are inaccurate or if they are found in possession of assets from illegal activities. Hieu felt the law could go further. “Why don’t we force officials in high positions to publicize their personal income taxes? That way, the people and authorities can monitor them better,” he said. However, some delegates said forcing … [Read more...] about Force high ranking officials to publicize tax returns, Vietnam MP says
Nguyễn Thanh Hoá. — Photo tuoitre.vn By Khánh Vân Given their frequency, we should not be surprised, but we continue to be shocked each time an instance of corruption in high places comes to light. The latest such instance is the arrest of a former senior public security police officer on suspicion of involvement in one of the country’s biggest online gambling and money laundering cases. Nguyễn Thanh Hoá, former head of the Public Security Ministry’s Hi-tech Crime Police Department, was placed under arrest on Sunday for allegedly organising gambling, a crime under the Penal Code. Hóa’s hi-tech department was in charge of tackling illegal activity on the web, including online fraud and illegal betting. But now the Major General is in the dock for the very crime he was required to fight. Hóa, 60,was a very high ranked officer who’d gained repute for busting many cases of illicit online gambling, both … [Read more...] about Is our corruption glass half full or half empty?