Thai cop faces death for drugs BANGKOK – A Thai court yesterday sentenced a man to death for trafficking 120 000 methamphetamine pills when he was a police officer.
The Bangkok Criminal Court found ex-senior sergeant major Pairoj Wongsrikaew guilty of possession of drugs with intent to sell.
Pairoj was arrested in January 2011 after highway police found 120 000 methamphetamine pills hidden in the back seat of his car while he was driving from Bangkok to Nakorn Sri Thammarat in southern Thailand.
Pairoj, who was forced to resign his police post, pleaded not guilty to the charge, claiming he was unaware that the drugs had been placed in the car.
Trafficking large quantities of drugs is a capital offense in Thailand, where executions are carried out by lethal injection. They are a rare occurrence, the latest being in 2009.
French city calm after riots
Amiens – Tensions appear to have subsided in a northern French city after police fanned out overnight to prevent a repeat of riots that left a school in ashes.
Residents of housing projects in Amiens’ northern district said on Wednesday they remain alert for fresh skirmishes, because relations between police and youth in the neighbourhood have long been strained.
More than 200 riot police were stationed in the area on Tuesday night and yesterday morning after around 100 young people rampaged through the district Monday night, firing buckshot at police, torching a pre-school and gym and pulling drivers from cars.
Salah Boucebsi, who lives in the area hit by Monday’s violence, said the lack of prospects for youth might have driven the rioting.
Approval of Congress very low
WASHINGTON – Just 10 per cent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, according to a Gallup poll released on Tuesday, tying the lowest mark in the 38 years the poll has been conducted.
That number was previously reached this past February, but bounced back a bit in subsequent months.
Eighty-three per cent of Americans disapprove of Congress, the poll shows.
Gallup says Congress’ approval rating is down among all political groups and is nearly the same among Democrats, Republicans and independents.
Approval of Congress hasn’t topped 20 per cent since June 2011, according to Gallup.