NAMES IN THE NEWS : Sex Scandal Figure Hiding in Bali

From Times wire services

A former Indian beauty queen at the center of a British sex and politics scandal has been on the island of Bali since the beginning of the week, immigration officials said today.

Locals say 27-year-old Pamella Bordes, who has been working as a researcher at the House of Commons for a Conservative member, is in hiding near the hill town of Ubud.

Bordes left London after British tabloid newspapers made a series of allegations two weeks ago about her private life, including links to an unnamed Cabinet minister, two British national newspaper editors and a Libyan security official. The suggestion of a connection with Libya, with which Britain has no diplomatic ties, sparked an outcry about possible security breaches.