Cathay probes ‘coffee threat’ on Thaksin’s daughter

Updated 03 December 2012
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Cathay probes ‘coffee threat’ on Thaksin’s daughter

HONG KONG: Cathay Pacific is probing reports a flight attendant threatened to throw coffee at ousted Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra’s daughter, after calling the politician an “enemy,” the airline said yesterday. The attendant said she wanted to throw the drink at Paetongtarn, one of Thaksin’s three children, after discovering her on board the flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong, according to Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post paper.
“I immediately told my flight manager I could not work knowing the daughter of my enemy was on the plane,” the attendant posted on Facebook, according to the newspaper. “I called my personal adviser asking if it would be all right to throw coffee at Paetongtarn, but was told that this could breach Hong Kong’s laws.” The long-running political crisis in Thailand recently saw its first major street protests against the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin’s younger sister, who is accused by her rivals of being a puppet for her fugitive brother.
The Hong Kong flag carrier said they were investigating “allegations of misconduct” following the Nov. 25 flight. Reports also said the attendant posted a photo of the manifest for the flight Paetongtarn was on. “Cathay Pacific regrets this unfortunate incident and wishes to assure all of our customers that their privacy — and strict adherence to all privacy regulations — is extremely important to us,” a Cathay spokeswoman said.


Turkish court acquits rapper arrested over lyrics: CNN Turk

Updated 19 June 2018
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Turkish court acquits rapper arrested over lyrics: CNN Turk

ISTANBUL: A Turkish rapper who faced 10 years of jail on charges of encouraging drug use in his lyrics was acquitted on Tuesday at the first session of his trial in Istanbul, broadcaster CNN Turk reported.
Sercan Ipekcioglu, 27, better known by his stage name Ezhel, had been detained since last month after a court accepted a prosecutor’s indictment against him over his lyrics and social media posts, it said.
He denied the charges.
Ezhel, whose videos have racked up millions of views online, refers to smoking marijuana in some of his songs. In Turkey, the encouragement of drug use is punishable by law, as is the possession and sale of narcotics.
Dozens of his fans flooded the court house ahead of the trial, CNN Turk said. The hashtag #FreeEzhel was one of the top trending topics on Turkish Twitter.
“After four weeks of pre-trial detention, the judge took just 30 minutes to rule for rapper Ezhel’s release and acquittal,” said Andrew Gardner of Amnesty International, which followed the trial on Monday.
Some 20,000 Turks took part in Amnesty’s campaign for release of the singer, Gardner said.
Amnesty International has campaigned for journalists, singers and rights defenders jailed in Turkey as part of a government crackdown on the right to free expression which accelerated after a failed coup in 2016.