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RETROSPECTIVE

INDONESIA

VIETNAM

25 maids on death row in saudi arabia

bloggers face 20 years behind bars

Twenty two Indonesian maids have escaped execution in Saudi Arabia, following their exoneration and return to their home country last month. However, a second presidential task force has been sent to the Arab state to secure the release of the remaining 25 maids on death row having been found guilty of “either serious criminal offences or [after being] implicated on baseless grounds”, the Saudi English-language newspaper Arab News reported. There are currently 1,700 Indonesian nationals serving prison terms in the Kingdom. Indonesia has banned recruitment agencies from sending domestic workers to Saudi Arabia, saying the nation’s legal system does not do enough to protect foreign workers. ¡

t 1,700 Indonesians are in jail in Saudi Arabia

Three Vietnamese bloggers face 20 years in prison if convicted of spreading anti-government propaganda. Nguyen Van Hai, Phan Thanh Hai and Ta Phong Than, all members of the outlawed Free Journalists Club, have been accused of posting 421 articles on their blogs that “distorted and opposed the state”. Representatives from the US State Department expressed concern over the cases, saying they are part of a “disturbing pattern” of increasing restrictions around internet-speech in Vietnam. ¡ INDONESIA

quake-break prisoners warned

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“While the new law has improvements, the authorities still hold too much power to detain people on broad grounds, for too long and without judicial oversight” Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch comments on Malaysia’s new Security Offences Bill, which replaces the long-derided Internal Security Act that was used to suppress political opponents

16 May 2012

Sea GLOBE

Malaysia

Gambling ring netted $1 billion A police raid on scores of Chinese and Taiwanese nationals in Kuala Lumpur uncovered a football betting and fraud ring that has grossed $1.3 billion in a month-long period. The 144-strong group was equipped with 241 mobile phones and 43 computers, and are believed to have carried out credit card scams in China, Taiwan and Portugal. ¡

Photos:dpa (1), Bloomberg News, dapd

High stakes: Indonesian maids in Saudi Arabia are not protected by local laws

Authorities in Aceh province have told 29 inmates who escaped during an evacuation of Sigli Prison after an 8.6-magnitude earthquake jolted Sumatra they will be shot if they resist arrest. Guards at the prison evacuated 221 inmates with memories of the 2004 tsunami that killed some 170,000 Indonesians fresh in their minds. Some of those on the run include paedophiles and drug offenders. ¡

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