EU suspends funding for Cambodian election

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha, who was arrested for alleged treason. (AP)
Updated 12 December 2017
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EU suspends funding for Cambodian election

PHNOM PENH: The European Union has suspended funding for Cambodia’s 2018 general election because the vote cannot be credible after the dissolution of the main opposition party, according to a letter sent to the national election committee on Tuesday.
The Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was dissolved by the country’s highest court last month at the request of the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen after the arrest of opposition leader Kem Sokha for alleged treason.
“An electoral process from which the main opposition party has been arbitrarily excluded cannot be seen as legitimate,” read the Dec. 12 letter reviewed by Reuters.
“Under these circumstances, the European Union does not believe there is a possibilty of a credible electoral process.”


Owner of New Delhi hotel where fire killed 17 arrested

Updated 18 February 2019
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Owner of New Delhi hotel where fire killed 17 arrested

  • Authorities say the building had an unauthorized rooftop kitchen
  • Police say most of the deaths were caused by suffocation

NEW DELHI: Indian authorities say they have arrested the owner of a New Delhi hotel where 17 people were killed by a fire.
Police say Arpit Palace Hotel owner Rakesh Goel appeared Sunday in court, which ruled that police could take him into custody for questioning.
Two hotel managers have been in custody on suspicion of culpable homicide since last Tuesday's fire.
Authorities say the building had an unauthorized rooftop kitchen, which a video showed was engulfed in flames.
Police say most of the deaths were caused by suffocation. Police Additional Commissioner Amit Sharma said two people jumped from the six-story hotel to their deaths.
Sharma said the cause of the fire was still under investigation.