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A Bad Week for ... , July 21, 2013

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 July, 2013, 3:24am

Kazuo Okada

The Japanese gambling tycoon had bet big on the emergence of the Philippines as Asia's new gaming hub. But prosecutors in Manila say he tried to stack the deck in his favour by cheating on Philippine laws on foreigners owning land by using dummy firms to grab real estate. Okada risks prosecution - not the outcome he expected when he netted one of four licences to build megacasino projects worth US$1 billion in the country.

 

Ghulam Azam

The Bangladeshi Islamist was given a 90-year jail sentence for his actions in the country's 1971 war of independence. The verdict - which will theoretically see Azam, 91, jailed until he is 181 - has failed to please either his supporters, who opposed the prosecution, or his opponents, who believe he should have been sent to a (slightly) early grave. Ghulam was accused along with several fellow Islamists of conspiring with the Pakistani army during the war.

 

Rolling Stone

The American magazine has long had a controversial streak, but found itself at the centre of a storm after a close-up picture of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev adorned its cover. The magazine was accused by victims of the April bombing of giving the accused terrorist a "rock star" look with a picture that drew comparisons to an iconic image of late rock icon Jim Morrison.

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