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news posted 2017-07-12

Last update: 2017-07-12 09:38:57

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  • 6-7 people were involved in the massacre of headman’s family in Krabi: Police

    Police believe 6-7 people were involved in the execution-style murder of village headman Worayuth Sunglung and his seven family members. The perpetrators were very calm as they spent about eight houses in the house of the headman of Tambon Ban Klang, Ao Luek district, Krabi, without any concern that someone might show up at the... [full post]

  • Arrest warrant issued for German who allegedly killed Thai girlfriend

    Phuket provincial court on Tuesday issued a warrant for the arrest of a German tourist on charges of pre-mediated murder and cover-up of the crime. 35-year old Nico Papke was accused of killing his Thai girlfriend, Ms Patcha Namphadung, 35, and dumping her body wrapped in blanket into a forest ravine in Phuket. The suspect... [full post]

  • Myanmar unveils reform plan requiring senior officials to disclose assets

    The Myanmar government has adopted bold steps to deal with corruption in government bureaucracy and to improve efficiency of civil service by requiring senior officials to disclose their assets, The Myanmar Times Online reported on Tuesday. The assets disclosure requirement is just one of several initiatives contained in the Civil Service Reform strategic action plan... [full post]

  • 2 Sadao immigration police officers transferred, 2 face investigation

    Two immigration police officers at the Sadao immigration checkpoint in Songkhla province have been transferred to the 6th Immigration Police in Songkhla while two others will face an investigation, deputy police spokesman Pol Col Krisna Pattanacharoen said on Tuesday. Pol Col Krisna said the action was taken after the mass media in Malaysia had published... [full post]

  • Ex-model nabbed for procuring girl for prostitution

    A former model for an erotic magazine has been arrested for allegedly procuring a girl for prostitution on Tuesday. Pol Col Kampol Rattanaprateep, the Huay Khwang police chief, said Alisa Jaidee, 32, was arrested at Suvarnabhumi airport on Tuesday morning on her return from a trip to Maldives. The arrest was made under a warrant... [full post]

Prachatai English

  • Asian business set to reap 5 trillion dollars from sustainable development

    Far from costing governments’ and companies’ money to meet the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a major report by the Business and Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC), an alliance of business leaders, economists, trade unionists and civil society actors,... [full post]

  • Migrant worker law triggers regional exodus

    The Thai government should halt enforcement of a new migrant workers’ law that imposes excessive criminal penalties and has caused thousands of migrant workers to flee Thailand, Human Rights Watch said today.

    Since the government enacted the Decree Concerning the... [full post]

  • Defence Ministry to spend 8.8 billion on fighter jets

    After spending billions on submarines and tanks, the Ministry of Defence is planning to spend another 8.8 billion baht on new fighter jets for the Air Force.

    On 10 July 2017, the Ministry of Defence revealed that Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, the Defence Minister, will submit a proposal to the cabinet meeting on 11 July to... [full post]

  • Monday Review: Thailand explained by a music video

    After a relatively long absence, a pop music band has made a stunning comeback with a music video mocking the junta. The MV neatly sums up Thailand’s politics during the past week. 
    For the sake of a peaceful life, artists... [full post]

  • Thailand in need of free media more than ever

    Under the junta regime where free media is crucial for voicing out people’s interests, all people could hear from the so called Thailand’s public television is “the voice silence,” said academic.
    In The Creative Forum on 5 July 2017, Pokpong Chanwit, a researcher in ThaiPBS performance evaluation project of 2009, delivered a speech criticising... [full post]

  • Women's rights endangered under junta regime

    Under the current military regime, women suffer injustice and human rights violations significantly more than men due to a lack of legal protection and social discrimination, according to women’s rights reports to the UN. 
    On 4 July 2017, representatives of Thai women’s rights NGOs read a statement on the Convention on the Elimination... [full post]

  • Dean summoned by police to hear charges of defaming the police force

    A respected academic has been summoned by the police to hear charges filed against him in February by the national police chief for allegedly defaming the police.

    On 6 July 2017, Sungsidh Piriyarangsan, Dean of the College of Social Innovation of Rangsit University, was summoned to Lumpini Police Station in Bangkok to hear charges arising... [full post]

  • Police press charges against 11 participants of discussion about 2017 Constitution

    Almost one year after the constitution referendum in 2016, the police have concluded to press charges against 11 people accused of breaking the junta’s political gathering ban for participating in a discussion about the 2017 Constitution.

    On 3 July 2017, the police from Mueang District Police Station of Khon Kaen issued summon... [full post]

  • The good General and his thoughts

    In a televised address on 17 June 2017, General Prayut Chan-o-cha released ‘50 thoughts’. The junta leader took great pains to emphasize that the ‘thoughts’ were not questions, and made it clear, in fact, that he... [full post]

  • Military intimidates human rights defender in Deep South

    The military has intimidated a human rights defender in the restive Deep South, ordering her not to post comments on Facebook about human rights violations.

    On 1 July 2017, six men believed to be military officers in plainclothes visited the shop of the family of Anchana Heemmina, president of Duay Jai, a local human rights... [full post]

Thailand – Global Voices

Khaosod English

Phuket Phuket

Phuket Thailand

  • Yingluck defiant as reckoning nears

    BANGKOK: Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has affirmed that she will not flee justice and is ready to face a possible conviction that could lead to her imprisonment.

  • Dept warns firms against illegal brokers

    BANGKOK: The Department of Employment has warned business operators against using services from unregistered brokers to seek illegal migrant workers or risk facing human trafficking charges.

  • Samui clinic said to be foreign gangster hangout

    SURAT THANI: An Israeli man has been arrested and ammunition seized during a raid on a medical clinic that police say was also a hangout for gangsters on Koh Samui.

  • Mental Health Dept urges people refrain from alcohol for Buddhist Lent

    PHUKET: The Department of Mental Health is urging people to refrain from drinking alcohol during Buddhist Lent, which begins tomorrow (July 9) as the country observes the Khao Phansa Buddhist holiday.

  • Police clarify seven Koh Tao death cases

    SURAT THANI: Police and administrative officials have held a public conference to help restore the reputation of Koh Tao by clarifying the details of investigations into the deaths of seven foreigners over the past three years.

  • Charges filed against Samui Times for ‘Death Island’ tag

    SURAT THANI: Officials yesterday (July 6) filed criminal charges against the Samui Times for branding the popular beach destination of Koh Tao “Death Island” in reports about a string of murky tourist fatalities.

  • Foreign bike racers arrested in South Pattaya

    PATTAYA: Authorities arrested 34 bikers, most of Middle Eastern extraction, for gathering and causing a public nuisance early this morning (July 7) after complaints from nearby residents.

  • Police reform panel said to ‘lack sincerity’

    BANGKOK: Police Watch, a people’s network, asked the government yesterday (July 5) to review a 36-member committee for police reform saying it does not include representatives who have shown a genuine intention to root out wrongdoing.

  • Police ID buried body on Samui

    SURAT THANI: The body found buried on Lamai Beach on Koh Samui on Monday (July 3) was a masseuse who had been murdered, police said on Tuesday (July 4).

  • Australian Embassy in Bangkok to move to Wireless Road

    PHUKET: The Australian Embassy Bangkok has announced that it will move from its South Sathorn Road to a new location at 181 Wireless Road, not far from Lumphini Park.

  • Labour law hiatus sparks abuse fears

    BANGKOK: State agencies have been ordered to refrain from abusing their power following yesterday’s invocation of a special order under Section 44 to allow a 180-day reprieve for people involved in the employment of unregistered migrant workers.

  • ‘Samui Times’ to be sued after Koh Tao death story

    SURAT THANI: The death case of a Belgian tourist on Koh Tao took a twist yesterday as provincial authorities targeted a news website which ran the story before it went viral.

  • Special task force to probe Belgian tourist’s mystery death

    SURAT THANI: The mysterious death of Belgian tourist Elise Dallemagne on Koh Tao has spurred Surat Thani police to set up a special task force to conduct what they claim will be a more rigorous probe.

  • Koh Tao victim 'attempted suicide' in Bangkok

    BANGKOK: Elise Dallemagne, the Belgian woman found dead on Koh Tao on April 27, reportedly had a history of attempting suicide, according to Thai police.

  • Wheelchair-bound teen allegedly ‘cheated out of B5mn’ by lawyer

    BANGKOK: The Justice Ministry and other state agencies are stepping in to help a wheelchair-bound teenager allegedly conned out of B5 million in compensation by a lawyer after a 2005 road accident.

  • CSD probing death of Belgian tourist on Koh Tao

    SURAT THANI: Investigators from Bangkok are on their way to Koh Tao to look into the mysterious death of a Belgian tourist on the resort island in April.

  • PM admits new labour law penalties too tough

    BANGKOK: Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed the Labour Ministry to come up with urgent measures to soften the impact of the executive decree on foreign workers as the stringent new labour law has raised concern about manpower shortages in some businesses.

  • My daughter didn’t kill herself, mum says

    BANGKOK: The mother of a Belgian woman found dead on April 27 on Koh Tao has insisted her daughter did not commit suicide, despite claims by the island’s police chief to the contrary.

  • Thailand’s gains, losses cited in trafficking report

    Thailand stepped up investigations of human trafficking last year but got even fewer results and prosecutions, leaving the country locked on the Tier 2 Watch List of the US State Department’s annual listing.

  • Ex-PM’s tears get Prawit cold shoulder

    BANGKOK: Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has given the cold shoulder to former premier Yingluck Shinawatra’s pleas for justice over charges against her in connection with the rice-pledging scheme.

  • Police position-buying graft probe delayed

    BANGKOK: A probe into police position-buying allegations has been extended for another 30 days after more than 80 people embroiled in the scandal were questioned, police inspector-general Panya Mamen said yesterday (June 26).

  • Tourists’ hefty tip turns out to be counterfeit

    PATTAYA: A songthaew bus driver was delighted when two foreign tourists paid him what he thought was a hefty tip – and then later found out the foreign banknotes were not genuine.

  • Tea money scandal brews concern

    BANGKOK: Despite the government’s efforts to crack down on corruption in state agencies, the practice of paying bribes to secure school places is said to be rampant.

  • Seven arrested in raid on car theft, forgery gang

    BANGKOK: Seven people have been apprehended and dozens of vehicles confiscated in a crackdown on a criminal gang which stole cars and forged documents, employing a micro-lending scheme as a front for its operations, police say.

  • No more selfies with suspects, PM tells cops

    BANGKOK: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered police officers once again to stop parading crime suspects in front of the press and making them talk about their alleged offences. National police chief Chakthip Chaijinda also banned police from taking suspects to press conferences.

  • ‘Kotee’ suspected of fleeing to Lao-Cambodian border

    BANGKOK: Fugitive red-shirt hard-liner and lese majeste suspect Wuthipong “Kotee” Kochathamakun is believed to be hiding along the Lao-Cambodian border, a senior army officer said.

  • Man stopped on Thai border with orangutans, tortoises, raccoons

    SONGKHLA: Thai wildlife officers have arrested a Malaysian man attempting to smuggle two baby orangutans, 51 tortoises and six raccoons into the kingdom across its southern border, officials said today (June 22).

  • Prayut dares critics in exile to face music

    BANGKOK: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday suddenly lost patience with critics “scolding” the military government from abroad, challenging them to come back and face charges in Thailand.

  • Court upholds prison terms for Dutchman, Thai wife

    BANGKOK: The Appeal Court yesterday (June 20) upheld a Dutchman’s 20-year jail term and his Thai wife’s seven-year sentence for laundering money earned supplying marijuana to customers in the Netherlands for years.

  • Bomber suspect apologises to victims

    BANGKOK: Watana Pumret, the man suspected of being behind the bomb attack at Phramongkutklao Hospital, has offered his apologies to the victims, while insisting he acted alone without support from any political group.

  • Three clubs raided in Pattaya

    PATTAYA: Several attendants and customers at two nightclubs tested positive for drug use and a private club was found to be selling sex services when they were raided by police, local officials and soldiers.

  • School director accused in ‘tea money’ scandal

    BANGKOK: A Samsenwittayalai School director accused of demanding B400,000 in “tea money” from a parent in exchange for enrolling his child must return the money if he is found guilty of receiving it, says the Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) chief.

  • Ex-abbot reveals temple scam plot

    BANGKOK: A former abbot of a temple in Lampang that was accused of being involved in the temple finance scam has revealed details about how the fraud is carried out.

  • Small bomb injures street cleaner on Sukhumvit Soi 40

    BANGKOK: A small explosion slightly hurt a Bangkok Metropolitan Administration worker on Sukhumvit Soi 40 this afternoon (June 16).