A bad week for ...

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 May, 2012, 12:00am


Shakil Afridi

The Pakistani surgeon recruited by the United States to help find Osama bin Laden was sentenced to 33 years in prison for treason, a verdict that is likely to further strain the country's relationship with the United States. Afridi ran a vaccination programme for the CIA to collect DNA and verify bin Laden's presence in Abbottabad where US commandos killed the al-Qaeda chief last May.

Jacob Zuma

South Africa's president sought a court order against a Johannesburg art gallery that exhibited a painting depicting him in Lenin-esque pose with his genitals exposed. 'The portrait depicts me in a manner that suggests that I am a philanderer, a womaniser and one with no respect,' Zuma said. The painting was destroyed by vandals before the court could issue its ruling.

Leung Fuk-yuen

The co-owner of the Tai Tong Lychee Valley theme park in Yuen Long seemed to be losing his 18-year battle to retain its illegal occupation of 5,000 square metres of government land. Workers - backed by more than 100 police officers - used a crane to pull down a two-storey entrance arch and other structures. Leung, backed by the Heung Yee Kuk rural organisation, denounced the officials as bullies.