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Year 17 - n. 21 - 10-06-2017

In this issue:

1. Top story: NORTH KOREA ENACTS DEATH PENALTY FOR DISTRIBUTING FOREIGN MEDIA
2. Newsflash: IRAN: PRISONER HANGED ON MURDER CHARGES
3. Newsflash: MALAYSIA: KENYAN WOMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
4. Newsflash: CHINA: LIU ZHIJUN, EX-RAILWAY MINISTER, SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR CORRUPTION
5. Newsflash: THAILAND: 2 MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER OVER IPHONE 7
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NORTH KOREA ENACTS DEATH PENALTY FOR DISTRIBUTING FOREIGN MEDIA
May 31, 2017: Circulating Hollywood movies or South Korean television dramas may be punishable by death in North Korea, although more North Koreans have access to media from the outside world.

A source in North Korea told Radio Free Asia on May 30 the state has designated the “viewing and importation of illegal video material as ‘anti-state activity,’ and the act would be punished accordingly.”
Illegal films refer to “all material produced outside the country,” the source said. “In the past the viewing of illegal films was seen as ‘non-socialist’ activity and punished as an act of engaging the culture of yellow capitalism.”
“But recently the activity was designated as an act of espionage, an anti-state crime,” the source said.
The source added that neighborhood units, factories and workplaces are the target of state education campaigns urging citizens to “shake off the decadent capitalist ideology eating away at our socialist system.”
Each participant was forced to sign a pledge, agreeing to submit to “any form of punishment” if they are found responsible for circulating or viewing illegal media.
The new law went into effect in mid-May and has discouraged people from sharing movies on flash drives with friends, a common practice in a country where even border guards reportedly watch South Korean soap operas in their spare time.
North Koreans who were caught watching the videos typically received a three- to five-year sentence at a labor camp. The punishment took into consideration the content of the video material.
The latest measures mean a minimum five-year labor sentence for North Koreans who watch foreign media, and a death penalty cannot be ruled out for distributors, RFA’s source said.
Capital punishment at the local level, however, may have already been enforced for sharing foreign media.
In 2015 three women were reportedly executed for distributing a South Korean television drama, and six people were executed by gun in 2014 for bringing in illegal videos into the country, according to the report.
(Sources: UPI, 31/05/2017)
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IRAN: PRISONER HANGED ON MURDER CHARGES
June 6, 2017: A prisoner identified as Homayoun Toolabi was reportedly hanged at Khorramabad Prison on murder charges. According to close sources, the execution was carried out on the morning of June 6, and the prisoner was held in prison for six years prior to his execution. Homayoun Toolabi was reportedly transferred to solitary confinement on June 5 in preparation for his execution.
(Sources: Iran Human Rights, 07/06/2017)
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MALAYSIA: KENYAN WOMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
May 28, 2017: A Kenyan woman was sentenced to death by a Malaysian court after she was found guilty of trafficking in methamphetamine four years ago.
According to Malaysian Daily Express, Rose Achieng Ojala had stuffed three capsules of the drug into her private parts and swallowed another 68 capsules, all weighing about 400gm.
She was arrested on November 30, 2013 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport after arriving from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The mother of three, who allegedly suffered from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), had fainted before the proceedings and had to be taken into the court room in a wheelchair.
On the day she was arrested, an Immigration officer noticed that she was behaving suspiciously during the regular luggage inspection.
Upon searching her, three capsules of methamphetamine weighing more than 20g were found in her underwear.
She admitted that her boyfriend had stuffed the capsules into her private parts before she boarded the flight.
The woman, who claimed she was pregnant, was later taken to the Serdang Hospital, where an x-ray examination revealed that she had swallowed 68 capsules of the drug weighing more than 380gm.
In convicting Ojala, the judge said the prosecution had proved the case beyond reasonable doubt.
"You are found guilty and there is no other punishment under Section 39(B) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1962 except the death sentence," he said.
Ojala was also sentenced to three years' jail for possessing 20.7g of methamphetamine in her underwear.
She was a single mother of children aged between 4 and 15.
(Sources: the-star.co.ke, 01/06/2017)
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CHINA: LIU ZHIJUN, EX-RAILWAY MINISTER, SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR CORRUPTION
May 30, 2017: China handed down a suspended death sentence on a former railways minister for corruption, state media said, a case seen as a test of President Xi Jinping’s resolve to crack down on pervasive graft.
Liu Zhijun was given the “death penalty with a two-year reprieve”, for bribery and abuse of power, the official Xinhua news agency said, a sentence that typically amounts to life in prison.
Since becoming Communist Party boss in November, and president in March, Mr Xi has made battling rampant corruption a key objective of his administration, warning that the problem is so severe it could threaten the party’s survival.
Liu’s case drew a lot of attention when it first broke, but has been overshadowed by the much more sensational case of the former party chief of Chongqing, the ambitious Bo Xilai.
Bo’s downfall last year, amid lurid accusations of murder and diplomatic intrigue, caused division and uncertainty as the party prepared to transfer power to a new generation of leaders.
The government has yet to announce a trial date for Bo, or the charges he will face.
Liu is the highest-ranking official sentenced since Mr Xi took office, although the case predates his watch. The new president has said anti-corruption efforts should target low-ranking “flies” as well as powerful “tigers”, but few high-level violators have been probed yet.
Liu, 60, was formally charged in April with abuse of power and taking bribes, conduct that led to “huge losses” of public assets, according to Xinhua.
He was sacked in February last year and later expelled from the Communist Party. Liu had successfully resisted a merger with the Ministry of Transport six years ago, but the government announced in March the two ministries would be joined.
Xinhua has said Liu took advantage of his position and helped 11 people to either get promotions or win contracts, in return accepting 64.6 million yuan (S$13.51 million) in bribes between 1986 and 2011.
(Sources: happenings.com, 30/06/2017)
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THAILAND: 2 MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER OVER IPHONE 7
May 31, 2017: A Thai court sentenced two men to death for murdering another Thai man over his iPhone 7, a court official told dpa.
According to the police, in January, Wasin Luengjam, 26, was stabbed to death by two men in a Bangkok suburb who had also slit his throat.The incident was caught on a surveillance camera.
Two men, later identified as Kittikorn Wikaha, 26 and Supatchai Jansri, 25, were caught by police in a nearby province while they were on the run.
Police said some cash and a watch remained on Wasin’s body.
Both Kittikorn and Supatchai admitted their crimes. Police said that clear evidence helped lead to their confessions.
Police told dpa it is unclear if both men will appeal the decision. Since their arrests and detention in January, none of their relatives have bailed them out, citing a lack of money.
(Sources: ethiogrio.com, 31/05/2017)
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