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Archive for May 4, 2012

Newsline: Australian embassy staff injured in Kabul

Two injured Australian embassy staff have been flown to Germany for treatment after a gas stove exploded at their residence in Kabul. The pair was injured on Thursday April 26. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says they were transported from the Afghan capital and are in a stable condition.



Newsline: Bhutanese embassy in Bangkok expects to sort out abuse affair

Royal Bhutanese Embassy officials in Bangkok, Thailand, are expecting to resolve today the case of a Bhutanese domestic help, who was allegedly physically abused by the Taiwanese couple she worked for, and was also not paid. “We’re expecting to settle the matter today,” an embassy official said. “We asked them to pay the immigration fine of baht 20,000 for her expired visa, and an air ticket for her to return home.” The victim from Haa was working as a domestic help, along with two other Bhutanese women, for the couple living in Rachadapisek, Bangkok, for the past one and a half years. She fled to the embassy on April 9, alleging that she was battered by the couple on the morning of April 8, for not cleaning the kitchen properly. Since then, she has been staying at the embassy. The woman claimed that she had been physically abused several times by the couple, who had also not paid her salary for 10 and a half months. Her pay was USD 200 a month.


Newsline: Saudis urged to reconsider Egypt embassy closure

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) issued a statement regarding the ongoing diplomatic row that has led to the closure of Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Cairo. “The Freedom and Justice Party has called upon the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to avoid increasing tension between Cairo and Riyadh and to reconsider its decision to shut its embassy in Cairo and consulates and recall its ambassador for consultations,” the party declared. The FJP went on to state that Egyptian activists protesting outside the Saudi embassy in Cairo in recent days were simply “expressing their opinion that insulting the dignity of Egyptians abroad is no longer tolerated – not after the peaceful revolution [early last year] that restored their will, their voice and their dignity.” The party called on Saudi authorities to allow an Egyptian team to join ongoing investigations into the case of Egyptian lawyer and political activist Ahmed El-Gizawi, who was detained last week by Saudi authorities. Results of investigations, the party added, should be announced in an “unbiased fashion to the public.” Egyptian activists have been staging anti-Saudi rallies at the kingdom’s embassy in Cairo for the last four days to demand El-Gizawi’s release and denounce the alleged mistreatment of Egyptians by Saudi authorities. El-Gizawi was allegedly detained on charges of “defaming the king” after he filed a lawsuit in a South Cairo court against Saudi monarch King Abdullah Bin Abdel Aziz Al-Saud on behalf of Egyptians held without charge in Saudi prisons. Following reports that El-Gizawi had been sentence to 20 lashes and one year in prison, Saudi officials denied the claims, stating that the Egyptian lawyer had been arrested after being found in possession of more than 21,000 pills of anti-depressant drug Xanax, the illicit sale of which is proscribed in the kingdom.