Briefs, December 6, 2012

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 December, 2012, 3:36am

Policeman cleared of homicide in shooting

KUALA LUMPUR - A Malaysian court overturned the homicide conviction of a policeman who sprayed machine gun fire at a fleeing teenaged motorist, killing the boy and stoking anger over police brutality. Malaysia's opposition denounced the verdict, calling for an appeal, while the family of Aminul Rasyid Amza, 15, said they were considering how to challenge it. Jenain Subi was convicted last year of causing the death of Aminul Rasyid in April 2010 by firing on a car in a suburb of the capital, Kuala Lumpur. Jenain had been sentenced to five years in prison. AFP


Sacking urged over teen's SMS divorce

GARUT - Hundreds of Indonesians demanded the dismissal of a district chief who divorced his teenaged wife via text message days after they married, alleging she lied about her virginity. Around 300 protesters gathered outside the local government office in Garut, western Java, against Aceng Fikri, 40, who already had a wife when he married Fany Octora, now 18, as a second spouse. AFP


Japanese asbestos victims to get payout

TOKYO - A Japanese court ordered the government to pay US$13 million to 170 former construction workers and their bereaved families over exposure to asbestos. The Tokyo District Court rejected the plaintiffs' claim that private construction materials firms should also be held responsible for the health problems of their workers. The lawsuit was brought by representatives of 337 people who became ill or died as a result of their exposure to a material used widely as insulation until the mid-1980s. AFP


Osaka woman arrested over starving dogs

TOKYO - A woman who kept 160 starving dogs in her house among tonnes of their own waste has been arrested by Japanese police. Ten tonnes of animal waste and other rubbish were removed from Noriko Ishii's house after the dogs were taken away. One Bernese mountain dog kept by Ishii, 43, weighed just 7kg - a sixth of what it should have, said the official in Osaka, adding all the animals were "very scrawny". AFP


Spy jailed for plot to maim Kim Jong-il son

SEOUL - A South Korean court handed down a four-year jail sentence to a convicted North Korean spy who was involved in a bid to maim the eldest son of the North's late leader Kim Jong-il. The unidentified spy had arrived in South Korea in March posing as a refugee who had fled the communist North via China, the court heard. The man confessed under interrogation to being part of a plot to stage a hit-and-run car accident in China in 2010 targeting Kim's out-of-favour eldest son, Kim Jong-nam. AFP