22 Jul '11, 8am

Malaysia detains French lawyer in graft trial via @cmswire

KUALA LUMPUR - MALAYSIAN authorities have detained a French lawyer representing a human rights group in a court case accusing shipbuilder DCNS of corruption in a US$1.2 billion (S$1.45 billion) submarine deal with Malaysia. Cynthia Gabriel, with local rights group Suaram, says William Bourdon was taken into custody on Friday. Officials gave no reason for his detention. The lawyer is representing Suaram, which filed complaints with a French prosecutor in 2009 alleging corruption in a 114 million euro (S$199 million) fee DCNS paid to Malaysian firm Perimekar Sdn Bhd. Gabriel says Bourdon arrived in Penang state Thursday and spoke at a dinner about the case. He flew to Kuala Lumpur for another forum. Immigration officials detained him after his flight landed. -- AP

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