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Malaysian airport seeks owners of abandoned Boeing 747s

Posted December 09, 2015 12:34:48

Mystery planes on the tarmac in Malaysia Photo: Planes with the registration numbers TF-ARM (L) and TF-ARN (R) parked on the tarmac at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (AFP: Mohd Rasfan)
Map: Malaysia

Malaysian authorities are searching for the owners of three planes that have been abandoned on the tarmac of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Officials have placed an ad in a national newspaper asking the owners of the Boeing 747 jets — that have been sitting idle for more than a year — to get in touch.

Airport authorities say there has been no response to efforts created to trace the owners of the planes, which have racked up fees for landing and parking.

“I never know why they are not responding. There could be several motives. Sometimes it could be simply because they have no funds to continue operations,” Zainol Mohd Isa, basic manager of Malaysia Airports, told Totally free Malaysia Today.

If no payment is received by December 21, the aircraft will be auctioned off or sold for scrap to recoup the outstanding charges.

The planes once belonged to Air Atlanta Iclandic, but it says it sold the jets in 2008 and it seems they have changed hands many occasions because then.

Mr Isa mentioned the final recognized owners had been “international” and not Malaysian.

The planes’ registration numbers are TF-ARM, TF-ARN, and TF-ARH.

Subjects: offbeat, human-interest, malaysia

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Anti-corruption agency questions Malaysian PM over $838m deposits

Posted December 05, 2015 19:11:34

Malaysian anti-corruption officials have questioned the country’s prime minister in an investigation into deposits of funds totalling 2.6 billion ringgit ($ 838 million) into his bank accounts that have prompted calls for his resignation.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said in a statement prime minister Najib Razak cooperated with its officers during the meeting, which lasted two-and-a-half-hours.

A corruption scandal erupted around Mr Najib in July when the Wall Street Journal reported that investigators focused on state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) had found that funds had been transferred into his bank accounts.

Critics have accused the government of dragging its feet on the investigation and have called for Mr Najib to step down due to his failure to fully explain where the money came from, why it was paid, or how it was used.

The MACC said on Thursday that it would be recording Mr Najib’s statement in connection with graft allegations at SRC International, a firm linked to 1MDB, and the funds in his account.

Mr Najib, who chairs the 1MDB advisory board, has denied wrongdoing or taking any money for personal gain.

The MACC has said earlier that the money was a political donation from an unidentified Middle Eastern benefactor.

The government has repeated that explanation in parliament, but most Malaysians, not just the prime minister’s critics, remain dissatisfied with that answer, and noted his failure to take legal action against the Wall Street Journal.

The fund is also being investigated by law enforcement agencies in Switzerland, Hong Kong and the United States, media and sources have said.

The controversy has battered Malaysian markets with the ringgit losing about a quarter of its value to become Asia’s worst-performing currency this year.

The MACC statement said it will keep the public informed of developments.


Topics: corruption, law-crime-and-justice, world-politics, foreign-affairs, malaysia

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Former Malaysian diplomat pleads guilty to NZ indecent assault

Posted November 30, 2015 14:50:01

A former Malaysian diplomat has pleaded guilty to the indecent assault of a New Zealand lady, with a court hearing he burst into her bedroom naked from the waist down.

Mohammed Rizalman bin Ismail was a military attache at Malaysia’s Wellington embassy when the incident happened final year, and the case triggered outrage when he fled to his homeland citing diplomatic immunity.

Rizalman was ultimately extradited to face the New Zealand courts and had pleaded not guilty to attempted rape and burglary.

But as his trial starting on Monday, the original charges have been dismissed when the 39-year-old admitted one count of indecent assault against Wellington lady Tania Billingsley.

Rizalman’s lawyer Donald Stevens cited extenuating situations such as mental illness, though prosecutors contest this.

A summary of information study out to the court stated that on Might 9 last year, Ms Billingsley was at property in Brooklyn, the Wellington suburb exactly where the Malaysian embassy is located, when she heard a knock on her bedroom door.

Rizalman then entered wearing no trousers or underpants. She screamed and struggled with him, managing to push him out of the residence just before calling police.

Mr Stevens said Rizalman told police the pair had been to the cinema together that day. The summary of details did not specify regardless of whether Ms Billingsley agreed with that claim.

Prosecutor Grant Burston mentioned specialists would be named to dispute Rizalman’s argument that he was mentally unwell, saying his behaviour was far more consistent with “cannabis use and anxiousness”.

Rizalman sat quietly in the dock as an interpreter explained proceedings to him.

Indecent assault carries a maximum jail term of seven years in New Zealand.

Judge David Collins said a hearing into disputed elements of the case would take spot on Friday, ahead of sentencing.

He said if a home detention sentence was imposed, and he stressed it was only a possibility, Rizalman may be allowed to serve it at the Malaysian embassy.


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Topics: courts-and-trials, law-crime-and-justice, sexual-offences, new-zealand, malaysia, asia

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