13 dead after Chinese boat, HK tanker collide

This file photo shows a boat that capsized off the coast of Libya on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. (File photo by Reuters)
Updated 06 October 2017
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13 dead after Chinese boat, HK tanker collide

TOKYO: The Japanese coast guard said Friday it had discovered a dozen bodies inside a Chinese fishing boat that capsized after a collision with a Hong Kong oil tanker off Japan’s western coast the previous day.
“Our divers found all the bodies of the missing 12 crew members inside the ship,” a coast guard official told AFP.
Japanese authorities later said one of four crew members who had been rescued from the fishing boat subsequently died, bringing the death toll to 13.
Thursday’s collision occurred 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of the Oki Islands in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.
The Chinese vessel, the 290-ton “Lurong Yuanyu 378,” had 16 Chinese-national crew members in total.
The Hong Kong-flagged ship was identified as “Brightoil Lucky,” a 63,294-ton tanker carrying 21 crew members.
The tanker’s crew were believed to be safe.
Japan had deployed three patrol boats to search for the missing crew, after responding to a plea for help from their Chinese counterparts.


EU, embassies write to Sri Lankan leader on executions

Updated 16 July 2018
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EU, embassies write to Sri Lankan leader on executions

  • Various diplomatic missions told Sri Lanka’s government the death sentence was ineffective
  • There is a rising crime wave in Sri Lanka, including gang-related killings, narcotics, robberies and sex crimes

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: The European Union and other diplomatic missions on Monday sought verification from the Sri Lankan government on its stand to resume executions after a rise in crime.
In a joint statement, the EU delegation and the embassies of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Canada and Norway said they have written to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena regarding the issue.
There is a rising crime wave in Sri Lanka, including gang-related killings, narcotics, robberies and sex crimes, leading to a public outcry demanding executions. The government has responded by saying it will execute prisoners who have allegedly taken advantage of a moratorium on executions to continue their drug trade from prison.
Sri Lanka last executed a prisoner in 1976 and has since maintained a moratorium.
“The mentioned diplomatic missions have made known in their letter that they strongly and unequivocally oppose capital punishment in all circumstances and in all cases,” the joint statement said.
“The death penalty is incompatible with human dignity, does not have any proven deterrent effect, and allows judicial errors to become fatal and irreversible,” it said, requesting that Sri Lanka’s government maintain the moratorium.