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news posted 2016-12-06

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  • Five years jailterm for Sam Rainsy’s commune chief

    Sam Rainsy Party’s commune chief Seang Chet was this morning sentenced to five years imprisonment by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for a plot to bribe the purported mistress of CNRP leader Kem Sokha, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Monday. Presiding judge Koa Vandy gave no details of the evidence against Chet, one... [full post]

  • Floods claim 11 lives in South

    It said floods have affected 157,580 families in 68 districts of 10 southern provinces of Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Krabi, Trang, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Yala, Pattani, and Narathiwat. The death toll broke down to two in Surat Thani, three in Nakhon Si Thammarat, two in Songkhla, two in Phatthalung, and two in Pattani. The... [full post]

  • Ahok’s first trial hearing on Thursday

    The first trial hearing of the blasphemy case against Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok”Tjahaja Punama is scheduled for Thursday, The Jakarta Post Online reported on Monday quoting a prosecutor. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the prosecutor said that a seven-page indictment would be read against Ahok. However, Jakarta Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson Waluyo said he could not... [full post]

  • Bomb joke forces delay of Thai Lion Air’s flight in Hat Yai

    The incident happened as Lion Air’s Flight SL703 was about to leave Hat Yai international airport for Don Mueang airport at 10.05am. A hostess alerted the pilot immediately after she heard a group of about six passengers talked about a bomb in the aircraft’s luggage compartment as an announcement was made in the plane asking... [full post]

  • Nationwide ceremonies held today in remembrance of the late King’s 89th birthday anniversary

    In Bangkok several thousands of government officials and members of the public arrived before dawn Monday at the Bhumibol Bridge 1 to take part in the ceremony to offer alms to 999 monks on the bridge to mark the beloved King’s 89 birthday anniversary. The Bhumibol Bridge, also known as the Industrial Ring Road Bridge... [full post]

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  • Anti-junta activist accused of defaming King Rama X freed

    A provincial court has freed  a leading member of an anti-junta activist group accused of lèse majesté for sharing a biography of the new King of Thailand published by the BBC Thai.  

    At 11:45 am on 4 December 2016, the Provincial Court of Khon Kaen granted 400,000 baht bail to Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa,... [full post]

  • Dao Din declaration on the arrest of Jatupat Boonpattararaksa

    Jarupat (Pai) Boonpattararaksa is a member of Dao Din and a person who habitually uses Facebook in accessing various kinds of information and news. He is no different than the rest of us who can access social media more easily than 7-Eleven. He is one of thousands of people who shared a news story... [full post]

  • Anti-junta activist arrested for allegedly defaming King Rama X

    The Thai police have arrested a leading member of an anti-junta activist group for sharing a biography of the new King of Thailand published by the BBC Thai.   

    At about 8: 45 am on 3 December 2016, police officers arrested Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa, aka. Pai Daodin, while he was participating in a rally... [full post]

  • Court dismisses assassination of land rights defender

    An appeal court has refused to try the assassination case of a community rights defender killed earlier this year, ruling that the witnesses are unreliable despite being present at the crime scene.
     
    On 1 December 2016, the Surat Thani Appeal Court dismissed the assassination case of Chai Bunthonglek, a land rights activist who... [full post]

  • New Computer Crimes Bill explained by infographics

    The junta’s lawmakers has proposed a new version of the controversial Computer Crimes Bill which will allow the authorities to block online content directly and pressure service providers to censor themselves.
     
     
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  • Can Thailand tolerate more than one form of Buddhism?

    Within Thailand’s overwhelmingly Buddhist population, the Dhammakaya version of Buddhism has amassed a huge following but also created enormous controversy, Khemthong Tonsakulrungruang writes.

    Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation (DSI) recently announced that it would soon arrest the abbot of Dhammakaya Temple, Phra Dhammachayo.... [full post]

  • Thai court rules in favour of Somali refugee child

    A human rights organization admired Thailand for upholding principles to protect children fleeing from countries in conflict after a court ruled in favor of a Somali child who fled to Thailand illegally. 
     
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  • New mining bill removes environmental protections: expert

    Despite opposition from environmental activists and civil society groups, the junta’s lawmakers could soon pass a new Mining Bill to ease environmental regulations for mining businesses.

    On 1 December 2016, the National Legislative Assembly will consider the new Mining Bill, which was proposed by the Ministry of Industry to replace the 1967 Mining Act and... [full post]

  • Lawyers denied access to 3 Deep South bombing suspects

    Thai police have denied lawyers from the Deep South access to three suspects arrested for an alleged Bangkok bombing plot.   

    On 30 November 2016, police transferred three men suspected of being behind an alleged Bangkok bombing plot, from the Deep Southern province of Narathiwat to the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok.
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  • Thais nationwide honour late King

    NATIONWIDE: Thais across the nation and abroad took part in activities in tribute to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej yesterday (Dec 5), observing his birthday in a solemn manner and pledging to follow his teachings.

  • 11 dead as floods hit southern provinces

    BANGKOK: Heavy floods continued to wreak havoc in 10 southern provinces, claiming at least 11 lives since the beginning of the disaster on Thursday, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) says.

  • Southern flooding turns fatal

    SOUTHERN THAILAND: A boy has drowned and a fisherman is missing as heavy rain continues to pound Surat Thani and Trang provinces, causing floods that have affected about 10,000 people.

  • Suspected pub owner reports to police

    CHIANG MAI: A man suspected of ordering the beating of a general’s son at a pub in Chiang Mai reported to police as a witness yesterday (Nov 29) and denied any wrongdoing.

  • Children told not to drive motorbikes

    NATIONWIDE: The Child Safety Promotion and Injury Prevention Research Centre has launched an anti-motorcycling campaign aimed at children under 15 years old to help reduce road accident death rates.

  • Celebrities to be questioned on Chiang Mai pub attack

    CHIANG MAI: A pub brawl in Chiang Mai between the son of a general and TV celebrities looks set to be far from over after police said they would summon the boyfriend of a TV actress and Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon ordered authorities to crack down on influential figures.

  • Fingerprint ID set to be mandatory

    BANGKOK: All mobile operators will have to introduce an online fingerprint ID system for new prepaid and postpaid mobile SIM card registration, with a tentative deadline set for next February.

  • Police nab online romance scam gang

    BANGKOK: Police have arrested two Nigerians and three Thai women for allegedly swindling women seeking foreign husbands out of B50 million through an internet romance scam.

  • Police poised to pounce on monk

    Phra Dhammajayo has been handed a six-day deadline to turn himself in to face criminal charges otherwise police will launch an operation to arrest him at his temple.

  • No proof of Thais funding Islamic State

    BANGKOK: There has been no evidence so far of Thai nationals funding the Islamic State (IS) group, but further investigations are under way to verify the latest information provided by Australia, a senior police officer says.

  • Grand Palace to be closed for four days for royal ceremonies

    BANGKOK: The Bureau of the Royal Household has announced that Bangkok’s Grand Palace is to be closed for two days on December 1-2 while Royal Merit Making ceremonies take place to mark the first 50 days since the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

  • Cabinet announces 10-year ‘long-stay’ visas for senior tourists

    BANGKOK: The Cabinet on Tuesday (Nov 22) extended to 10 years from one the long-stay visa for foreigners aged 50 or older but they must report to immigration police every 90 days.

  • Late King’s birthday anniversary will still be celebrated

    BANGKOK: The Cabinet yesterday (Nov 22) approved extra public holidays on January 2 and 3, 2017 during the New Year festival next year. December 5 will still be celebrated as the birthday anniversary of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

  • Trial of Thawatchai’s death to begin Feb 20

    BANGKOK: The court yesterday (Nov 22) set Feb 20 next year to start witness examination over the death of the land fraud suspect who reportedly committed suicide while in the DSI custody in late August.

  • Government claims Thais linked to Islamic State

    BANGKOK: Police have for the first time claimed that “some Thais, mainly in the far South”, have links and provide support to the Islamic State (IS) group.

  • Police on the hunt for Dhammajayo

    NAKHON RATCHISIMA: Police are in the process of tracking down Phra Dhammajayo and believe the embattled abbot is still in the country, says deputy national police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul.

  • ‘Ying Kai’ lese majeste trial to begin June 6

    BANGKOK: The Criminal Court today (Nov 21) set June 6, 2017 to begin the examination of witnesses in a case against Monta “Ying Kai” Yokrattanakan, accused of lese majeste under Section 112 of the Criminal Code.

  • Three Thai airlines face CAAT clampdown

    BANGKOK: Three Thai-registered airlines are experiencing a financial crunch after their operations were severely affected by a sharp drop in Chinese tourists.

  • Abbot faces new warrant

    NAKHON RATCHASIMA: The Sikhiu Provincial Court has approved a warrant for the arrest of embattled Phra Dhammajayo, abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, for alleged forest encroachment by a meditation centre owned by the temple.

  • Half-sister of 'Ying Kai' jailed for 50 years

    BANGKOK: A half-sister of accused human trafficker Monta “Ying Kai” Yokrattanakan was sent to jail for 50 years after the Criminal Court found her guilty on Friday of several serious charges including lese majeste.

  • Police arrest Australian fugitive

    BANGKOK: A 69-year-old Australian man wanted by Interpol for alleged abduction and extortion was arrested by Thai police yesterday (Nov 17) at a hotel on Sukhumvit Rd.

  • Police nab suspect after 6-year chase

    NAKHON RATCHISIMA: After searching for six years, police at the Region 3 headquarters in Nakhon Ratchasima announced yesterday (Nov 15) the arrest of the key suspect in the murder of an Australian man, apparently resulting from road rage.

  • 6,000 officials suspected in B142bn rice scheme loss

    BANGKOK: The justice minister has received a list of 6,000 state officials suspected of malfeasance leading to losses totalling B142 billion in the Yingluck Shinawatra government’s rice-pledging scheme.

  • Probe begins for alleged Israeli killer’s missing wife

    NONTHABURI: The Crime Suppression Division (CSD) has launched an investigation into the missing Thai wife of an Israeli man who allegedly murdered his compatriot and hid the dismembered body parts inside a wall in the couple’s Nonthaburi home.

  • ‘Supermoon’ vigils set to honour the King

    NATIONWIDE: People are invited to light candles to mourn the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej tonight (Nov 14) when a full moon coincides with the Moon’s closest approach to Earth in 68 years.

  • Police to arrest Israeli suspect’s son

    BANGKOK: Police are seeking an arrest warrant from the Central Juvenile and Family Court for the son of an alleged Israeli killer for colluding in the murder his father has been charged with, helping to hide the body and stealing credit cards and documents that belonged to their alleged victim.

  • Nine tribes honour HM the late King

    BANGKOK: Hilltribe people travelled from their villages in the highlands to the city centre to pay their respects to their “father” – His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

  • Learn lesson from ‘Nott’ rage, PM says

    BANGKOK: The high-profile road rage incident involving TV actor and programme host Akanat “Nott” Ariyaritwikul should serve as a lesson to drivers, according to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

  • Elephants pay respects to late King Bhumibol

    BANGKOK: Two hundred mahouts accompanied by 11 elephants paid their respects to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Grand Palace today (Nov 8).

  • Car bomb warning prompts city police to beef up security

    BANGKOK: Police have stepped up security measures following an alert of possible attacks in Bangkok’s Sathon area, insisting on a connection to conflicts in the deep South rather than foreign terrorist networks.

  • Supreme Court acquits labour rights activist Andy Hall

    BAGKOK: The Supreme Court today (Nov 3) dismissed criminal defamation charges against British activist Andy Hall regarding his 2013 Al Jazeera interview on alleged labour violations at a big exporter of canned pineapple and juice.

  • Net idol ‘had no mental treatment’ before crash

    BANGKOK: A young businesswoman responsible for triggering a major car crash on Ratchadaphisek Rd in Bangkok on Tuesday (Nov 1) has no history of psychological treatment, according to police.