June 27, 2007 in Nation/World

World in brief: No survivors found in plane wreckage

The Spokesman-Review
 

Search teams said today there were no survivors from a plane that crashed in southern Cambodia early this week with 22 people aboard, including South Korean and Czech tourists, officials said.

The Russian-made An-24 aircraft operated by PMT Air crashed Monday during a storm while flying between Siem Reap – site of the famed Angkor Wat temple complex – and Sihanoukville on the southern coast.

Information Minister Khieu Kanharith announced that all aboard had been killed hours after the searchers located the crash site high on a forested mountain.

“All have died. It is confirmed,” he said.

Thirteen South Korean and three Czech tourists were on board, as well as five Cambodian airline employees and a Russian co-pilot, officials said.

New Delhi

Teen surgeon’s parents arrested

A 15-year-old boy who allegedly delivered a baby by Caesarean section in an attempt to set a world record as the youngest surgeon apparently fled as police prepared to arrest him on Tuesday.

On Monday police arrested the parents of Dhileepan Raj, both doctors who supervised their son while he allegedly performed the Caesarean section. They were charged with cheating, forgery of records, endangering human life, concealing evidence and abetting a crime. The two were jailed pending trial. If convicted, they could be sentenced to up to seven years each.

The Tamil Nadu chapter of the Indian Medical Association said last week that Dr. K. Murugesan showed a video recording of his son performing a Caesarean birth.

The video allegedly showed Murugesan anesthetizing the patient before the boy started the operation in his father’s maternity hospital in Manaparai city, said Venkatesh Prasad, secretary of the medical association.

Murugesan told the association that he wanted to see his son’s name in the Guinness Book of World Records, Prasad said.

Stockholm, Sweden

Sex offenders can read porn in jail

Convicted sex offenders are free to read pornography in their cells, a Swedish court ruled, saying the country’s prison system had no right to deny an imprisoned rapist access to his porn magazines.

Officials with the Swedish Prison and Probation Service had argued that reading porn would interfere with the man’s rehabilitation program. They also said the magazines posed a security problem for staff and other inmates because they could increase the risk of the man relapsing into criminal behavior.

But the Supreme Administrative Court in Stockholm, whose ruling last week cannot be appealed, said the prison service failed to prove that the magazines could “jeopardize the security of the institution.”


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