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theSun | TUESDAY NOVEMBER 25 2008 œ 11

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Reclusive Jacko cancels

Russia,US plan joint plan to appear in UK court
LONDON: Michael Jackson Khalifa, second son of the king of

war on Somali pirates (pix) did not appear in a

London court yesterday as
the US pop star has reached
a settlement “in principle”
with a Bahraini prince
suing him for reneging on a
recording contract.
Bahrain, said Jackson failed to
honour a contract to record
a new album, write an
autobiography and produce
a stage play.
He also told the court last
week that Jackson owed
MOSCOW/LIMA: Outgoing US Meanwhile, a tense standoff The reclusive 50-year-old him US$7 million (RM25.2
President George W Bush and Russian between Somali pirates who hijacked had agreed last week to million) after the prince paid
head of state Dmitry Medvedev have a Saudi Arabian supertanker and testify at the High Court. for legal costs, travel and other
agreed to cooperate in fighting piracy an Islamist insurgent group that has “As Mr. Jackson, was about expenses in 2005 and 2006.
off the coast of Somalia, Russian vowed to fight them continued on to board his plane to London, Jackson’s lawyers argued that
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday as the clock ticked down on he was advised by his legal team to there was no valid agreement with
late Saturday night at the Asia-Pacific a deadline for the ship’s owners to postpone his travels since the parties had Sheikh Abdullah, and they have tried
Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum meet a US$25 million (RM90 million) concluded a settlement in principle,” a to portray the prince as a generous but
in Lima. ransom demand. spokeswoman for Jackson said on Sunday. naive, star-struck pop music amateur.
Speaking after a brief meeting Pirates seized the Sirius Star, “Therefore, he will not be attending They also say Sheikh Abdullah’s
between Medvedev and Bush on the which is carrying a full load of crude court on Monday,” said the spokeswoman payments to Jackson and his staff were
fringes of the forum, Lavrov signalled oil worth US$100 million (RM360 from PR company Outside Organisation. intended as gifts, not part of a business
a joint initiative to fight the increasing million), last weekend around 830km Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad al- agreement. – Reuters
attacks on shipping in the Gulf of south-east of the Kenyan port of
Aden. Mombasa.
Such an initiative musn’t only The tanker has been anchored off
concentrate on sea operations, the Somali port town of Haradhere Taiwanese banker Jeffrey Koo Jr, former vice company, which prompted the
however, said Lavrov, but also deal since Tuesday. chairman of Chinatrust Financial arrest warrant two years ago.
simultaneously with problems on land. Ship owner Saudi Aramco has been linked to Chen fraud Holding, had been hiding in Japan However, he is also being
He said that such efforts should be given until Nov 30 to pay the ransom allegations held since evading an arrest warrant in questioned over the allegations
conducted within the framework of the or face “disastrous action.” TAIPEI: A fugitive banker returned 2006. levelled at Chen, who has been in
United Nations Security Council. Negotiations are underway, but the to Taiwan yesterday and imme- The TVBS cable news network jail since last week over the cor-
Somali President Yusuf Ahmed situation has grown more complicated diately faced questioning over a said Koo was led away in handcuffs ruption probe.
admitted this week that Islamist as Islamist fighters have entered the money laundering probe that has upon his arrival at the airport. He Chen, his wife, son, daughter-
insurgents are now in control of most town vowing to attack the pirates for seen former president Chen Shui- was immediately brought to the in-law, and brother-in-law have all
of Somalia, with the unrest fuelling the seizing a ship from a Muslim country. bian locked up, a television report prosecutor’s office for question- been named as defendants in the
rise in piracy. - dpa said. ing over Chinatrust’s bid for a rival money laundering case. – AFP