Last update: 2017-07-12 09:38:57
- 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]
- 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.
- 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 everUnder 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 regimeUnder 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.
- 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]
- At Thailand's Request, YouTube Blocks Video Clip of Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Great Dictator’
"Juntaland's dictator blocking Charlie Chaplin's satirical film mocking dictator is hilariously insane and dictatorial," wrote a journalist on Twitter.
- Thailand’s Junta Leader Wants Citizens to Answer Four Leading Questions About Elections
"If in the future, Thailand experiences another coup d’etat, will it be charged as a crime against the state?" wrote an activist in response.
- Thailand Threatens to Take Facebook to Court Over Anti-Monarchy Posts
Tha Thailand government has given Facebook until Tuesday, May 16, 2017, to remove the 131 remaining 'anti-monarchy' posts.
- Thailand Tells Internet Users to Unfollow Junta Critics on Social Media — Or Face Consequences
"This is a ridiculous and oppressive order but I don't want any innocent people being targeted just because they follow my journalism," wrote former Reuters journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall.
- The CIA's Online Museum Offers a Glimpse of US Military Intervention in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia is a region where U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War led to the expansion of the CIA’s paramilitary operations in Laos and Cambodia.
- Thai Junta's Media Regulator Suspends Voice TV for ‘Unreasonable Criticism’ and ‘Biased Content’
"Even though Voice TV may provide different views, we insist that the contents do not harm national security."
- Thai Media Groups Say Proposed Law Could Bring Total Government Control of the Press
"Government presence on a press panel and licensing of journalists are never part of a free press."
- Thai Junta Didn’t See the Irony of Installing Dinosaurs in Front of the Government House
"So many dinosaurs are at government house...a few are even seen outside."
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- Govt Approves 8.8 Billion Baht Combat Jet Dealfull post]
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- Cops Forced to Apologize to ‘Hungry Prosecutor’ for Not Taking Him to Restaurantfull post]
- National Strategy Plan will Restrict Elected Govt, Politicos Sayfull post]
- Koh Tao Death: Police Say Final Frame Shows Tourist Buying Ticket Off Island... [full post]
- Gunmen in Army Fatigues Murder Family of 8: Policefull post]
- US Envoy Urges Myanmar to Give Visas to UN Rights Missionfull post]
- Khmer Rouge Tribunal Explains Limits on Prosecutionsfull post]
- Wimbledon: Nadal Out After 5-Hour Epic, Federer Cruises (Video)full post]
- Man Dies When Air Bag Inflator Ruptures During Car Repairfull post]
- Hospital: Ailing China Nobel Laureate in Critical Conditionfull post]
- German Suspect in Murder Case of Thai Woman Slashes Self During Arrestfull post]
- Fire Erupts at London’s Camden Lock Market
- Vietnam Seizes 3 Tons of Ivory Smuggled From South Africa
- Village headman and seven family members slain in Krabi
PHUKET: The village headman of the Baan Klang village in Krabi and seven members of his family were killed and three remain hospitalised following a shooting attack in their family home at about 1.30am this morning, deputy investigator of Ao Luek Police Station Capt Suwit Keawprecha confirmed today (July 11).
- Phuket police find blood stains in German murder suspect’s car
PHUKET: Police have sent samples from blood stains found inside a car rented by 36-year-old German Nico Papke to determine whether DNA tests match the blood as that of Pischa “Lek” Nampadung, whose body was found dumped in the Phuket jungle on Saturday.
- PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Another Deadly tour bus crash on Patong Hill claims the life of a child || July 11
PHUKET XTRA - July 11 German man survives suicide attempt to face accusations of murdering his Thai Girlfriend, Deadly Patong Hill claims the life of a Chinese child as another tour bus loses control and Thai golf protege makes history but is denied her prize money. All this and more today on Phuket Xtra! Hosted... [full post]
- Body of Chinese tourist pulled from water off Phuket, cause of death unconfirmed
PHUKET: An officer from Chalong Police Station has confirmed from that the body of a 66-year-old Chinese tourist was pulled from the sea at Koh Racha yesterday. However, the cause of the man’s death has yet to be confirmed.
- Phuket Governor calls emergency meeting over fatal Patong tour bus crash
PHUKET: The Governor of Phuket Phuket has called an emergency meeting this morning (July 11) in the wake of the devastating tour bus crash on Patong Hill last night that has killed person, a 10-year-old boy.
- Phuket to open emergency migrant-worker registration centre
PHUKET: The Phuket Governor has pleaded for migrant workers and employers not to panic and the new Phuket Immigration chief has ordered officials not to take any legal action against such people during the six-month moratorium on the current crackdown on illegal workers.
- Phuket tour bus crash on Patong Hill leaves boy, 12, dead
PHUKET: A Phuket tour bus crashed at the bottom of Patong Hill tonight (July 10), leaving at least one person dead.
- Phuket residents plea for help to prevent high-speed accidents
PHUKET: Local residents in Thalang are calling for authorities to take steps to prevent any further high-speed accidents in their neighbourhood after a pickup truck crashed into a home’s concrete boundary wall in a three-vehicle wipeout early yesterday morning (July 9).
- Faced with arrest for Phuket woman’s murder, German man slashes own throat
PHUKET: A German man is in hospital under careful watch after he slashed his own throat with a box cutter while police moved in to arrest him for the murder of a Phuket woman whose body was found dumped in the jungle in Wichit on Sunday (July 9).
- Body found wrapped in blankets, dumped in Phuket jungle
PHUKET: Police are hoping to identify the body of a woman found wrapped in blankets and dumped in the jungle in Phukets Wichit subdistrict earlier today (July 9).
- Phuket Opinion: Leaving it to your imagination
PHUKET: This is an opinion piece, however, I want to re late a true incident that happened to me last week and which I believes sums up why Phuket taxi drivers have the reputation they do. For any government officials who might happen to read this, and surely already know this, their reputation is far... [full post]
- Woman underwear driver survives as Phuket crash rips pickup truck apart
PHUKET: A woman wearing only underpants and a T-shirt has escaped serious injury after the pickup truck she was driving spun out of control in heavy rain in central Phuket just after midnight this morning (July 8) and struck a tree – which ripped the cab from the pickup and tore the engine out.
- Phuket police search for German man in missing woman case
PHUKET: Police are looking for a German man who may be able to provide information leading to the whereabouts of a Phuket woman who has not been since Friday night last week (June 30).
- Patong taxi driver found dead in Phuket room
PHUKET: Police are investigating the death of a Patong taxi driver who was found dead in his rented room in Kathu yesterday (July 7).
- Phuket tourists join merit-making for Asarnha Bucha
PHUKET: Many tourists were among about 1,000 visitors who turned out at Chalong Temple (Wat Chaitararam) this morning to join Buddhists in celebrating Asarnha Bucha Day today (July 8).
- Phuket van driver shunted off bridge as BMW slams van parked for photo-op
PHUKET: A Phuket van driver escaped serious injuries this morning (July 8) when a BMW sedan slammed into the back of his van, which was parked on the Thao Srisoonthorn Bridge, heading off the island, while he stood in front of the van with his passengers while they took photos of the view.
- Migrant worker clampdown leaves Phuket constructors seeking help
PHUKET: Constructors who say they have been affected by the new Emergency Decree on “Management Immigrant Work” have sought help from government officials.
- Over B500k damage in Phuket laundry shop fire
PHUKET: A fire at a laundry shop in Wichit this morning, believed to have started by a short circuit and a leak from a gas container, is said to have caused well over B500,000 worth of damage.
- PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Crooked Lawyer called out and Local Police brutality accusations || July 7
PHUKET XTRA - July 7 Surat Thani Lawyer heads to court to defend himself after allegedly conning 15 year old wheel chair bound girl out of millions, Thalang Protest turns chaotic over alleged Police Brutality and putting a cap on Hua Hin’s exploding Monkey population. All today on Phuket Xtra! Hosted by: Chris Howson ThePhuketNews.com
- Full steam ahead for Phuket’s much-delayed Chalong underpass
PHUKET: Construction of the Chalong Underpass can now move forward after the ongoing issue of land expropriation has settled between the Department of Highways and four land owners, a project engineer from the Department of Highways, Mr Somkiat Yimpong, confirmed yesterday (July 6).
- Family left devastated after losing Phuket home to fire
PHUKET: A family was left devastated yesterday after returning to their home in Chalong to find it had been completely destroyed by a fire believed to have been caused by a short-circuit.
- Deputy PM grounds Phang Nga airport scheme
PHUKET: A private-sector plan to build a new airport on a 2,000-rai plot of forest reserve land in Phuket’s neighbouring province Phang Nga cannot proceed without proper public hearings, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said yesterday (July 6).
- Phuket residents riot over alleged physical abuse in drug arrests
PHUKET: About 50 local residents from Baan Thasak in Phuket’s Pa Khlok subdistrict massed in front of the Thalang District Office at 9pm last night (June 5) to protest alleged physical abuse by officials.
- PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Phang Nga Airport Aspirations and Duty Free Drama || July 6
PHUKET XTRA - July 6 Will Phang Nga finally be getting an airport to call its very own? Plus we have the latest on the governments plan to charge tax to online streaming services like Netflix and Youtube and Thailand ranks Top 20 in the World for cybersecurity. All today on Phuket Xtra! Hosted by:... [full post]
- Phuket vets nurse striped dolphin found wounded at Patong Beach
PHUKET: Marine experts are nursing what they have confirmed to be a wounded striped dolphin which was found in the waters of Patong Beach at 12.15am this morning (July 6).
- Questions raised as boy, 5, cut by glass at Phuket kindergarten
PHUKET: A kindergarten in Cherng Talay has responded that it is investigating an incident last week that saw a 5-year-old boy being scratched by broken glass while he was inside a classroom storage room.
- Forest department demands stall Phang Nga airport plan
PHUKET: The Royal Forest Department has made its position clear on a push for construction of an airport in Phuket’s neighbouring Phang Nga province, saying the proposal will go nowhere until all issues are addressed.
- Phuket tourism leader urges steps against corrupt officials in migrant worker crackdown
PHUKET: Bhuritt Maswongssa, a leading figure in Phuket’s tourism industry, has called for the government to take steps to make sure the current crackdown on illegal migrant workers is not exploited by corrupt officials who are willing to accept bribes.
- PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Governor takes on Media over “Death Island" || July 5
PHUKET XTRA - July 5 The truth about the future of climbing at Railey Beach, more raids take place in Phuket over land encroachment discrepancies, “Death Island” fallout and police investigate the decomposing body of a woman found buried on a beach in Koh Sumai. All this and more on today’s edition of Phuket Xtra!... [full post]
- Phuket beer truck driver survives power pole slam
PHUKET: The driver of a Chang beer delivery truck survived a heavy collision after he lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a roadside power pole in Thalang early this morning (July 5).
- Ban at popular climbing destination east of Phuket refuted by officials
PHUKET: Krabi national park officials today (July 4) confirmed there is no ban on rock climbing at Ao Railay Beach, east of Phuket, as reported by media yesterday (July 3).
- Phuket zip-line tourist ride raided for encroachment
PHUKET: Officials raided a zipline tourist-ride attraction in Phuket yesterday (July 3) as one of two plots under investigation for alleged encroachment on protected forest land.
- PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Mass migrant exodus, Tuk Tuk win and Bangkok Drug Bust || July 4
PHUKET XTRA - July 4 Witnessing the aftershock of the harsh new employment policies, Tuk Tuks flex their muscles to keep Patong in their grasp, and new laws come into effect today regarding the sale of Tobacco within the Kingdom. All this and more on today’s edition of Phuket Xtra! Hosted by: Chris Howson ThePhuketNews.com
- Uzbekistani tourist arrested for passing fake banknotes in Phuket
PHUKET: An Uzbekistani man is under investigation by police after he tried to exchange fake US$100 bills at a money exchange counter in Rawai yesterday afternoon (July 3).
- Phuket soldier killed in Pattani honoured for bravery
PHUKET: The Royal Thai Army today honoured Sgt Maj 1st class Kitthiphong Borna with a military funeral complete with honour guard and blessed earth from the Royal Household to place on his grave.
- Phuket’s Patong taxi, tuk-tuk drivers win parking space reprieve
PHUKET: Hundreds of Patong van, taxi and tuk-tuk drivers today (July 3) won their plea to at least delay the rolling out of the provincial government’s parking plan to slash the number of parking spaces occupied by the iconic vehicles along the streets of Phuket’s key tourism town.
- Phuket python bagged at Kathu condo estate
PHUKET: Rescue workers were called to a condo complex in Kathu today (July 3) to retrieve a three-meter snake spotted hiding in a drain.
- Scheduled blackouts in Wichit
PHUKET: The Phuket office of the Provincial Electricity Authority (PPEA) has announced a electricity blackout tomorrow (July 4) and Thursday (July 6) in areas of Wichit in order to perform high-voltage operations.
- Phuket two-day booze ban this weekend for Buddhist holidays
PHUKET: Bars and restaurants across the island, and the rest of Thailand, will be banned from selling alcohol this Saturday and Sunday (July 8-9) as the nation marks the Buddhist holidays Asarnha Bucha Day and Khao Phansa (Buddhist Lent).
- Phuket-region employers dump hundreds of migrant workers after new labour laws
PHUKET: Hundreds of migrant workers sacked in Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi in the fallout from the harsher penalties under labour law have arrived in Phuket begging for help to be sent home.
- Whale carcass washes ashore Phuket beach
PHUKET: Marine experts have confirmed that a carcass found floating off Nai Thon Beach yesterday (July 2) was that of a Bryde’s whale.
- Phuket Opinion: The vanishing tax
PHUKET: This week Phuket’s life guards called on hotels to have their staﬀ join surf-rescue training, a call that makes irrefutable sense, considering it is tourists’ lives at stake – the very lifeblood of all hotels on the island.
- Big bike group donate 400 helmets to Phuket schoolkids
PHUKET: Four hundred helmets were given to schoolkids by a group of big bikers yesterday as part of a “Helmet from Heart Safety to Kids” project.
- Slow loris receives first aid for electric shock in Phuket
PHUKET: A slow loris had to be given first aid b in Thalang yesterday after suffering an electric shock.
- Phuket police mystified after finding no wounds on man who claimed he had been shot, stabbed
PHUKET: Police have been left mystified after being unable to find any serious wounds on a man who said he had been shot and stabbed in an attack carried out in the early hours of this morning.
- Driver charged with reckless driving after crashing trailer-truck in Phuket
PHUKET: The driver of a trailer-truck has been charged with reckless driving after crashing his vehicle into a roadside ditch on bypass road in the early hours of this morning.
- Phuket official dispels five-day Royal funeral public holiday rumours
PHUKET: The Chief of Phuket Public Relations Office has refuted rumours circulating on Thai social media that there will be five official public holidays this October for the Royal Funeral of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
- Army takes on Phuket jet-ski operators for encroaching on the beaches
PHUKET: Soldiers in Phuket were dispatched to Patong, Kata and Karon this week to ramp up efforts to get jet-ski operators to abide by the beach rules and no longer occupy beach sands during the day, when the beaches are to be left clear for use by tourists.
- Pattaya to use Phuket’s Patong Beach as model for new beach rules
PHUKET: A delegation of leading Pattaya officials visited Patong yesterday (June 29) to appraise the beach-management system used at Phuket’s key tourism beach ahead of Pattaya deploying its own version in August.
- PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Deadly Patong Hill, Samkong Blaze and Elephant Revolt || June 30
PHUKET XTRA - June 30 Notorious Patong Hill claims another life as out of control bus slams into motorbike, more CCTV cameras coming to streets near you and the trafficking of illegal elephant sperm. All today on Phuket Xtra! Hosted by: Chris Howson ThePhuketNews.com
- 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).
- Thailand in need of free media more than ever