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Law & Legal Issues, Far East


A Chinese businessman indicted in the United States over sales of missile parts to Iran is still making millions of dollars from the trade, say security officials who monitor compliance with Western and U.N. sanctions, Reuters reported.

These officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the businessman, Li Fangwei, has earned at least $10 million from illegal sales to Iran since his indictment by the New York County District Attorney in 2009.


Iran is set to arrest a slide in oil shipments in July as China increases imports to a record high to account for more than half of Iran's crude exports and prevent a further slump in Tehran's oil revenues, an industry report said.

Iranian supplies are expected to average 1.084 million barrels a day in July, little changed from 1.094 million bpd of exports in June, in what Geneva-based consultancy Petrologistics said was a preliminary report.


Japan's parliament approved government guarantees on insurance for crude oil cargoes from Iran on Wednesday, paving the way for it to become the first of Iran's big Asian oil buyers to get round new European Union sanctions, Reuters reported.

Last month IEA said Iran's oil exports have decreased from 2.5 mbd to less than 2.0 mbd, and this figure is expected to fall even further to 1.5 mbd in the second half of 2012.

The law will take effect on June 27, a government official who requested anonymity said on Tuesday.


A former Japanese cult member was arrested in the suburbs of Tokyo after 17 years on the run for alleged involvement in a deadly 1995 subway gas attack, local media reported Monday.

Naoko Kikuchi, a 40-year-old Aum Shinrikyo member, admitted to her role in the production of the sarin gas though she said she did not know what it was, the Kyodo News agency reported, citing police, DPA reported.

The sarin gas attack in the Tokyo subway system killed 13 people and injured more than 6,000.


A British TV crew and two Japanese journalists were detained by the Bahraini police on Sunday, RIA Novosti reported.

"We can confirm that our foreign affairs correspondent Jonathan Miller and his team have been arrested whilst reporting for the programme from a village in Bahrain," Channel 4 News spokesperson said. "Our primary concern is for the safety of the team, and we are working with the appropriate authorities to secure a swift release."


Three Japanese had been detained in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for drug trafficking and currency counterfeiting and one of them were already expelled out of the country, the KCNA said on Wednesday, Xinhua reported.

The two in custody were undergoing judicial process, the report said.

The three Japanese, who entered the country from the northwestern city of Rosan on March 14 this year and worked for three companies, already pleaded guilty. "They admitted their criminal acts and their seriousness," the KCNA said.