Singaporean pleads guilty
WASHINGTON – A Singapore citizen pleaded guilty yesterday to a federal charge stemming from his role in illegally exporting, through Iran, parts found in improvised explosive devices in Iraq, the US Justice Department said. Lim Yong Nam, also known as Steven Lim, 42, was extradited from Indonesia earlier this year.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 9 in Washington, and the parties have agreed that he would face between 46 and 57 months in prison and a fine of up to $100,000, a Justice Department statement said.
YANGON – A group of Rohingya Muslims that attacked Myanmar border guards in October is headed by people with links to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, the International Crisis Group (ICG) said yesterday, citing members of the group.
The co-ordinated attacks on October 9 killed nine policemen and sparked a crackdown by security forces in the Muslim-majority northern sector of Rakhine State in the country’s northwest.
At least 86 people have been killed, according to state media, and the United Nations has estimated 27,000 members of the largely stateless Rohingya minority have fled across the border to Bangladesh.
ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT – Thousands of people were evacuated yesterday from the last rebel bastion in Aleppo, the first to leave under a ceasefire deal that would end years of fighting for the city and mark a major victory for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
A first convoy of ambulances and buses with nearly 1000 people aboard drove out of the devastated rebel-held area of Aleppo, which was besieged and bombarded for months by Syrian Government forces, a Reuters reporter on the scene said.
Syrian state television reported later that two further convoys of 15 buses each had also left east Aleppo.