3 arrested in Bali for distributing drugs
In late July, Indonesian authorities arrested three foreigners for distributing cocaine on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
National Narcotics Agency officers seized 1.9 pounds of cocaine along with other drugs, including MDMA and cannabis, from the three suspects, who are identified as British, Brazilian and Mexican.
At a press conference on Friday, Gde Sugianyar Dwi Putra, head of Bali’s National Narcotics Agency, said officers had arrested the British man, who they suspect was the lowest-ranking distributor of the three last month at a villa in Badung district after receiving tips. about his alleged activities.
The police then arrested the Brazilian, suspected of concocting drugs, in a separate location. The Mexican man, who has been in Bali since 2012 and is believed to be at the highest level of their network, was later arrested.
“We are still investigating. Cocaine entry will most likely come from Europe, because this cocaine entry route is specific,” Sugianyar said. “It is produced in South America, sent to Europe , and from Europe it has spread to other countries, including via Indonesia.” The drug ring in which the three men are believed to be involved is known to target foreigners in tourist areas of southern Bali. Sugianyar added that the suspects would be punished according to Indonesian Narcotics Law, with a minimum of five years imprisonment and a maximum death penalty as dealers and distributors of various types of drugs.
Canada imposes temporary firearm import ban
OTTAWA, Ontario — Canada plans to temporarily ban the importation of handguns into the country without parliamentary approval, using a regulatory measure that will come into effect in two weeks.
Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said on Friday the change will last until a permanent freeze is passed in parliament and takes effect.
The government introduced gun control legislation in May that includes a national freeze on the import, purchase, sale and transfer of handguns in Canada, but it has not yet been adopted.
The temporary ban will stop businesses from importing handguns into Canada, with some exceptions that mirror those in the legislation introduced in May.
As Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly says she has the power to prohibit any import or export permit in Canada.
Government trade data shows that Canada imported $20.4 million worth of pistols and revolvers between January and June. But much of the little gun violence in Canada is the result of illegal weapons smuggled from the United States.
Thai pub fire kills 14
BANGKOK — Fourteen people were killed and dozens seriously injured when a fire broke out early Friday at a crowded music pub in eastern Thailand, police and rescue workers said. At least a dozen survivors were in critical condition.
Police said the fire was reported around 12:45 a.m.
The Mountain B pub in Sattahip district, Chonburi province, was covered in flammable soundproofing, and it took firefighters two hours to extinguish the blaze, said Manop Theprith of a private group of emergency rescue services to Thai PPTV news. His group said 40 people were injured.
Thirteen people died at the scene and another person with burns over more than 90% of his body died later, police, rescuers and the Queen Sirikit Naval Hospital said.
The hospital said 15 patients needed intubation, most with third-degree burns to more than 60% of their bodies. Two patients were transferred to a hospital in Bangkok for advanced treatment.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, Provincial Police Chief Major General Atthasit Kijjahan told PPTV. He said the pub owner and staff were making statements to police and investigators were collecting evidence.
8 dead, 18 injured in Afghan explosion
ISLAMABAD – A bomb concealed in a cart exploded near a mosque in a Shiite minority neighborhood of the Afghan capital on Friday, killing at least eight people and injuring 18, a Taliban official said.
Also on Friday, hundreds of Afghans – apparently organized by the Taliban – rallied in several provinces, denouncing the US drone strike last week that killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri in Kabul.
According to Khalid Zadran, the Taliban-appointed spokesman for Kabul’s police chief, the buggy attack took place in western Kabul, in the Sar-e Karez region. Initial reports said two people were killed, but the number of casualties quickly increased as the injured were taken to local hospitals.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility, but blame is likely to fall on the Islamic State group.
At anti-US rallies following Friday prayers, religious scholars and protesters condemned the attack that killed al-Zawahri, calling the attack a violation of the agreement the US administration signed with the Taliban on the withdrawal of American troops.