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  • Tuesday, 06 Apr 2004

HANOI: An appeals court upheld the death sentence against the director of a state-run company for embezzling millions of dollars in a major corruption trial implicating two former ministers. 

The Supreme People's Court here ruled yesterday that the sentence handed down in December to La Thi Kim Oanh, 48, should stand. 

She was convicted of misappropriating US$4.7mil (RM17.86mil) and causing losses of US$2.2mil (RM8.36mil) to state coffers from 1995 until her arrest in June 2001. – AFP

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PHNOM PENH: Two men have been accused of raping young girls in the belief that they could rid themselves of HIV, a newspaper reported yesterday.  

Uk Bopha Roth, 18, and Satt Yeut, 42, both from Preah Vihear province, were arrested on March 23 for raping an unspecified number of girls under the age of 10, a police official told The Cambodia Daily

Neither of them tested positive for HIV but they suspected they had it since they often had unprotected sex with prostitutes, the paper said. – AP 


HONG KONG: More than 30 years after his death, martial arts star Bruce Lee remains the number one male icon among Hong Kong children, according to a survey released yesterday. 

Lee beat footballer David Beckham and fellow Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan in a poll of more than 1,000 primary school pupils. – dpa

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