Body found in Malaysia could be missing Irish girl

Anonymous Belfast-based business donated a reward of $11,953 for information leading to the girl’s rescue. (File/AFP)
Updated 13 August 2019

Body found in Malaysia could be missing Irish girl

  • The teenager suffered from learning difficulties
  • Police found the body, which may be the girl, 2km away from the resort where the family stayed

SEREMBAN, Malaysia: Malaysian police on Tuesday found a body that seems likely to be an Irish teenager who went missing from a jungle resort in the Southeast Asian country 10 days ago, a trust working with the girl’s family said.
Fifteen-year-old Nora Anne Quoirin, who suffered learning difficulties, was reported missing on Aug. 4 after her family arrived at the Dusun resort in Seremban, 44 miles south of the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.
“The Lucie Blackman Trust can confirm a body has been found in the search,” the British victims’ aid group said in a statement.
“At this time we cannot confirm it is Nora. However it sadly seems likely. Investigations are underway to confirm identity and cause of death.”
Police confirmed the search had turned up a body, with images in a Reuters video showing a man leading police to the site, about 2 km from the resort.
“We have not confirmed whose body it is,” Mohamad Mat Yusop, the police chief of Negeri Sembilan, where the resort is located, told reporters.
The body, with “white skin,” was still intact and a police forensic and pathology team was working on identifying it, he added.
The incident drew worldwide attention and support for the family, from former world chess champion Garry Kasparov among others.
An anonymous Belfast-based business donated a reward of $11,953 for information leading to the girl’s rescue.
Malaysian sharmans and police from Britain, Irish and French were among those drafted in to assist.


Thai official dismisses Muslim insurgent demand on detainees

Updated 19 min 58 sec ago

Thai official dismisses Muslim insurgent demand on detainees

  • Officials of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional met a Thai delegation and demanded the release of detainees
  • The insurgency in the Malay-speaking region of the predominantly Buddhist country has killed some 7,000 people over the past 15 years

BANGKOK: A Thai deputy prime minister dismissed on Monday a demand made by a Malay Muslim group to free those detained over alleged links to the long-running insurgency in Thailand’s mainly Muslim south as a pre-condition for formal talks.
Officials of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) met a Thai delegation at an undisclosed location in Southeast Asia on Friday and demanded the release of detainees, a leader of the group told Reuters in a rare interview.
The insurgency in the Malay-speaking region of the predominantly Buddhist country has killed some 7,000 people over the past 15 years and has flared on and off for decades.
“How can you say that? Everything must follow the justice procedure,” Thai Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan told reporters on Monday when he was asked about the BRN’s demand.
The BRN also demanded that the Thai government conduct a transparent investigation into alleged abuses by security forces after allegations that a man from the south, Abdullah Isamusa, 32, fell into a coma after being interrogated by the military.
The army said authorities were investigating and that there was no proof so far of torture.
The BRN, the most active insurgent group in the south, has opted to stay out of peace talks between the Thai government and other insurgent groups, although it said it held two previous meetings in recent years.
Yala, Pattani, and Narathiwat provinces were part of an independent Malay Muslim sultanate before Thailand annexed them in 1909.