[QODLink]
Asia-pacific
Laos casino under suspicion over drugs trade
Events surrounding Chinese-built casino in formerly gambling-free country raise drug-trafficking concerns.
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2011 09:31

Southeast Asia's 'Golden Triangle,' bordering Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, is notorious for its drugs trade.
 
Production fell away after the 1970s, but now a new Chinese-built casino on the banks of the Mekong River in Laos is adding to concerns of a resurgence of the illicit trade.

The management of King's Roman Casino say the establishment has no connections drugs, but recent events have put the building's activities under suspicion.

Police recently found 20 sacks of methamphetamine pills, valued at $1.6m, on the compound's grounds.

Then, last month, 13 Chinese sailors were murdered about a kilometre away. Most of the bodies were dumped in the river, bound at the wrists.

At the time the Thai army found almost one million pills on two boats, which according to some reports, were heading to the casino.

Then in a bizarre twist, 9 Thai soldiers were arrested for the killings. One theory is they may have been part of an escalating turf war between drug lords.

Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay reports from Bokeo, Laos.

Source:
Aljazeera
Featured on Al Jazeera
Swathes of the British electorate continue to show discontent with all things European, including immigration.
Astronomers have captured images of primordial galaxies that helped light up the cosmos after the Big Bang.
Critics assail British photographer's portrayal of indigenous people, but he says he's highlighting their plight.
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
Featured
Remnants of deadly demonstrations to be displayed in a new museum, a year after protests pushed president out of power.
No one convicted after 58 people gunned down in cold blood in 2009 in the country's worst political mass killing.
While hosting the World Internet Conference, China tries Tiananmen activist for leaking 'state secrets' to US website.
Once staunchly anti-immigrant, some observers say the conservative US state could lead the way in documenting migrants.
NGOs say women without formal documentation are being imprisoned after giving birth in Malaysia.