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Lion Air flight JT 610 – body parts found, no plane located yet

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Search and rescue efforts continue to find more bodies and debris in the wake of the Lion Air flight JT 610 that crashed yesterday morning just after 6.30am in the seas north of Jakarta, Indonesia.

According to rescuers, a total of 24 body bags have now been taken to the Kramat Jati Police hospital for post mortem. Police Commissioner Musyafak said that each bag could contain remains of more than one person, so authorities are still unable to confirm the number of bodies that have been retrieved so far. DNA samples have also been taken from 132 family members of passengers in an effort to speed up the identification of the remains.

A joint command post has been set up at the Jakarta International Container Terminal. Many items – documentation, bags, passports, lifejackets, parts of a plane’s fuselage – were found floating near the crash site during a search operation yesterday in amongst an oil slick.

The head of Indonesia’s search and rescue organisation, BASARNAS, says it will continue operations 24-hours a day until the missing 737 Max 8 jet has been found.

The Director of Operations, Brigadier General Bambang Suryoaji, says that some of the dive operations have been suspended whilst they await better weather.

”We are all out, we are exerting all our efforts to find where the aircraft is located.“

Lion Air says they’ve flown families of flight JT 160 from Pangkal Pinang, Bangka – the destination of the fateful flight – to Jakarta. As of last night, 90 family members had been flown to Jakarta with more on the way, to await harrowing news about their loved ones.

Meanwhile, the Australian government has advised officials and contractors against flying on the Indonesian low cost airline. The advice was updated yesterday following the crash of the Lion Air flight. The Australian government says the decision will be reviewed once findings of the crash investigation are clear.

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A brand new Max 8 model Boeing 737, same as the JT 610 flight – PHOTO: Airways Magazine

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More stranded Burmese workers to be allowed home

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Burmese workers, stranded in Thailand since the start of the outbreak, will be allowed to travel from Bangkok to Thailand’s western Tak province from today up to July 20, to expedite their return to their motherland across the border in Myanmar.

The concession was finalised after the Transport Company met with the deputy permanent secretary of foreign affairs and representatives from Myanamar’s embassy and other relevant agencies.

The buses will leave the Bangkok Bus Terminal at Chatuchak at 10pm and 11pm for the Mae Sot Bus Terminal in Tak. The buses will carry just 210 passengers a day due to social distancing requirements, and returnees will be those who have previously informed the embassy of their intention to return to Myanmar.

The embassy will issue travel certificates to the returnees, which they’ll be required to take to the bus terminal, while permission documents for travelling during curfew hours will be issued by the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters.

The Transport Company says the temperature of all passengers will be checked before they are allowed to board the buses, and all returnees will be required to wear medical masks and maintain a 1 metre distance while travelling.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Death sentence handed down via video call in Singapore

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A prisoner in Singapore has been sentenced to death via a Zoom video call, the first time the city state has delivered capital punishment remotely.

Thai PBS World reports that 37 year old Malaysian citizen Punithan Genasan was handed the death penalty as punishment for a 2011 heroin smuggling operation. Like Thailand, Singapore operates a zero-tolerance policy for drug trafficking offences. The criminal trial was conducted remotely as a result of ongoing restrictions in Singapore’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. But unlike Thailand, Singaporean authorities do carry out capital punishment sentences much more frequently.

The city-state had the second highest per-capita execution rate in the world between 1994 and 1998. In 2018, 13 people were executed and in 2019 another 4 people, 2 of them related to drugs cases. Execution is carried out in Singapore by long-drop hanging.

However, Phil Robertson from the Asia division of Human Rights Watch has criticised the use of video-conferencing to communicate such decisions.

“Singapore’s use of the death penalty is inherently cruel and inhumane, and the use of remote technology like Zoom to sentence a man to death makes it even more so.”

For his part, the defendant’s lawyer, Peter Fernando, says use of the technology was acceptable as it was only conveying the judge’s verdict and not being used to present legal arguments. However, he adds that his client is considering an appeal.

So far, there has been no comment from technology giant Zoom, whose video-conferencing platform has garnered millions of new users thanks to restrictions imposed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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12 Rohingya arrested for illegal entry in Tak province

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Police in the western Thai province of Tak, near the Burmese border, say 12 Rohingya were arrested in the Mae Sot district and charged with illegal entry.

The Rohingya are an ethnic group in Myanmar. Most live in Rakhine State on Myanmar’s western coast. Myanmar is a majority Buddhist state, but the Rohingya are primarily Muslim, though a small number are Hindu. They are considered “the most persecuted minority in the world” by the UN.

A team of police, military and administrative officials nabbed the 2 men and 8 women, who were accompanied by a 3 year old boy and a 9 year old girl. They were arrested at a rented room near the first Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge across the Moei river in tambon Tha Sai Luat. Officials say all 12 Rohingya will be repatriated to Myanmar after legal proceedings are complete.

When questioned, they said they came from Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine, and were en route to Malaysia. They said they were brought across the border to Mae Sot by brokers who charged them 140,000 baht. They had paid the first half in advance in Burmese currency to the brokers.

In Mae Sot, they were sheltered by 2 Thai men, who were also arrested and charged with providing shelter for illegal migrants.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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