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Swiss man found dead

April 23, 2017
By The Sunday Nation

A 63-year-old Swiss man died after he drank a whole bottle of whisky alone in his condominium unit in Chon Buri’s Muang district late on Friday.

His Thai girlfriend told police that she had returned from working in another provice past midnight on Saturday and found Schmidt Hans Rudolf sitting unconscious on the balcony of his room on the 12th floor of Ake Condo View.

She said she moved him to lie on the bed to try and help him recover, but found that he had already died. The woman said she has been living with Rudolf for five years. She said she had left to work in another province on Thursday.

She said Rudolf had been complaining about financial problems and he also had a heart disease.

Police said there was no trace of foul play in the room and nothing was stolen but the right wrist of the man had a scratch. His body was sent for an autopsy to a hospital.
 

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Taxis to be installed with devices in bid to boost safety and service
April 22, 2017
By The Nation


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All taxis will soon be required to install safety devices as part of the “Taxi OK and Taxi VIP” campaign aimed at overhauling the taxi industry and increasing passenger safety.
The new regulations under the campaign require taxi operators to install a GPS Tracking device to monitor speed, a CCTV camera, an emergency button, and a digital monitor in their taxis for safety reasons.

Details of the drivers and their vehicles will be linked to the Department of Land Transport GPS centre and their operators’ data systems for monitoring.

A mobile application “DLT Taxi OK” will also be launched soon to prevent taxi drivers from refusing service to passengers or not using the fare meter. The officials are expecting the application to improve the overall quality of Thai taxi services.

Permanent secretary at the Transport Ministry Chartchai Tipsunave told a seminar held on Friday that he expects the ministry to implement these measures by the end of the year.

Under the campaign, new taxi drivers and operators will be required to install all the prerequisite devices while current taxi drivers and operators will be asked to join the campaign voluntarily.

Taxi operators whose licences are set to expire in a couple of years will be exempted from the measures, he added.

Witoon Neawpanich, president of the Taxi Cooperatives Network, said taxi drivers are willing to comply with the new regulations. However, he voiced concerns over the installation costs, which could be as high as Bt20,000.
 

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Police seize 90,000 meth pills
April 22, 2017
By The Nation



Police seized 90,000 methamphetamine pills in Songkhla province’s Hat Yai district on Friday after two couriers tried to run through a checkpoint, however the suspects managed to flee on foot.

Police spotted a black Toyota pickup approaching a checkpoint on Tha Sai Road in Moo 1 village in Tambon Klong Hae at 7.30pm.

When the pickup did not stop, police fired at one of the tyres but the vehicle continued to run for another 500 metres, police said. But the two men inside left the pickup and ran into the roadside forest and disappeared.

Police said they found 90,000 methamphetamine pills on the passenger seat. A bank account of Preecha Thongkhao was also found. The truck was registered in the name of Laddawan Ilapat, 36, a resident of Surat Thani.

The two will be summoned for questioning, police said.
 

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Test result awaited in semen case
April 23, 2017
By THE SUNDAY NATION


PUBLIC HEALTH Ministry authorities yesterday threatened to take legal action against any medical establishment or persons found to have been involved in a suspected sperm-smuggling racket.

The Department of Health Service Support is waiting for the results of a test on suspected sperm in a container that a man attempted to carry into Laos last week, the agency’s deputy director-general Thongchai Keeratihuttayakorn said yesterday.

“We are waiting for the test result from Khon Kaen Hospital before filing a police complaint against the person who attempted to smuggle the semen out of the country. Later we will examine the documents and labels on the semen vials to find the source,” Thongchai said.

“Any individual or medical establishment found to be involved or have colluded in the smuggling will face legal action,” he warned.

Nithinon Srithaniyanan, 25, was arrested and fined Bt200,000 on Thursday at the border checkpoint in Nong Khai for allegedly trying to smuggle out the semen. He was travelling with a nitrogen tank containing six vials of what he has said were human semen. Officials said he had admitted to being hired to carry the semen to a fertility clinic in Vientiane.

Thongchai said yesterday that his agency would also verify a claim by a clinic named Superior ART Centre, which said on Friday that although two of the six vials seized from the suspect were taken from the clinic, they had nothing to do with their transport.

Khon Kaen Hospital, which conducted the test, confirmed yesterday that the substance was semen but it remained unclear if was from humans.

Dr Charnchai Chanworachaikul, director of the hospital, said that he expected the result of the additional tests on the confiscated semen vials to be available tomorrow or Tuesday. “We can confirm that the liquid in the six vials is semen. But it still cannot be confirmed now whether it is from human or animal. There needs to be a DNA test to confirm that,” he said.

The director also said that although the hospital’s experts had confirmed from a preliminary examination that the semen belonged to humans, a scientific test needed to be conducted for reliable confirmation.

“The hospital will send the test result to the Department of Health Service Support for further investigation and possible legal action,” he added.

Meanwhile, Angkhana Neela-phaijit, a member of the National Human Rights Commission, said yesterday that the recent arrest has underlined legal issues stemming from the need of many married couples who had fertility problems. “In addition to legally married couples who cannot have children or get pregnancies naturally, there are also an increasing number of LGBT couples who want to have children. This is a complex issue and a challenge for the people involved,” she said in her Facebook post.
 
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Var också inne på det, men bla ordet bomb ska man inte ens tänka på eller nämna på eller inärheten av ett flygplan idag.

Men vem vet han kanske villa bom-bom med någon flygvärdinna?
Men läser man artikeln så har inte ordet bomb använts, utan explosion, kan komma på flera ord som en Thai med dålig Engelska kanske kan missförstå, if I not find a place for my luggage my bag will be exposed for.....tex.
 

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High alert after report IS suspect fled to Thailand
May 04, 2017
By The Nation


Prayut Chan-o-cha


Muhammad Muzaffa​

PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday instructed relevant agencies to be on alert after Malaysia revealed that a suspect linked to the Islamic State (IS), Muhammad Muzaffa Arieff Junaidi, had possibly fled to Thailand’s deep South.

Muhammad, 27, from Malaysia’s Kelantan state, is believed to have been running an IS cell. Six suspects linked to that cell were arrested in March in several Malaysian states.
“He managed to escape to southern Thailand with an M4 Carbine rifle and a pistol on March 22. He is also involved in smuggling weapons from southern Thailand,” Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said.

Prayut said Thai authorities were ready to cooperate with Malaysia on a joint investigation and extradition of the suspect, but he urged the media not to play up the issue.
“Please don’t play up the security matter. It’s dangerous,” Prayut said.

The Thai Army has contacted Malaysia for more information, Fourth Army Region Commander Lt-General Piyawat Nakwanich said.
There is no active IS movement in the deep South, he said, adding that border control authorities are very strict on cross-border movements.

There have been no reports of Muhammad entering the Kingdom, chief of Thai Immigration Bureau Natthorn Prausoonthorn said.

More than 6,800 people have been killed in the ongoing violence in Thailand’s deep South since 2004. Authorities in Bangkok have said the situation in the predominantly Muslim region is a domestic affair.

In Malaysia, four men and two women, aged between 26 and 41, were picked up by Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division following raids in five states, according to The Star newspaper.

The first arrests involved two men in Kelantan on March 24 and 25, Khalid said.
“We believe they were involved in smuggling weapons from southern Thailand for the terror group,” he said yesterday.

A 26-year-old student was picked up at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on April 4 after she went to Turkey on August 29 last year with the intention of going to Syria to join IS, Khalid said.

“However, while waiting for further instructions from militant Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi, the suspect was detained by Turkish authorities on February 5,” he said.

Two more arrests were made – of a 41-year-old jobless man, and a 32-year-old woman who worked as a factory technician – in Malacca and Johor respectively, Khalid said.

“We believe they were actively promoting IS propaganda via the Google Plus app,” he said.

The sixth arrest was of a 41-year-old man in Penang state on April 25. He is believed to have promoted the IS struggle via 15 Facebook accounts since 2014. It is believed he was also planning to attack Shi’ite mosques in Penang, Khalid said.
 
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Man skall vara försiktig med vad man postar på forum, dem gick ut med i media för några veckor sen att det skall inte bara vara förbjudet och brottsligt att skriva negativt om Thai styret, man kan även dömmas för att läsa på sidor där negativa inlägg om tex. stat skrivs, hårdare kontroller skall göras och social media granskas.

Enligt artikel i Bangkokpost, tänk på att varje inlägg spåras lätt via ip nummer, ni är inte anonyma på nätet ;)
 

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190 detained as Samut Sakhon cracks down on road racing
June 18, 2017 12:13
By The Nation



A crackdown on illegal road racing in Samut Sakhon province led to the detention of 190 riders and their companions early Sunday.

Samut Sakhon Governor Prapas Malakarn led the joint operations by police, soldiers, administrative officials and volunteers late Saturday night in a bid to stop road racing in the province.
At the end of the operations, 190 suspects were detained for illegally racing on public roads. All were motorcyclists or riding pillion. Of them, 36 were under 18 years old.

Samut Sakhon police chief Pol Maj-General Surapong Chai-jan said that parents of the underage suspects would be summoned to acknowledge the charges against their children.
Surapong said apart from the charges of road racing, some could be charged for modifying their vehicles without permission.
 

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Man skall vara försiktig med vad man postar på forum, dem gick ut med i media för några veckor sen att det skall inte bara vara förbjudet och brottsligt att skriva negativt om Thai styret, man kan även dömmas för att läsa på sidor där negativa inlägg om tex. stat skrivs, hårdare kontroller skall göras och social media granskas.
Enligt artikel i Bangkokpost, tänk på att varje inlägg spåras lätt via ip nummer, ni är inte anonyma på nätet ;)
@Jonas, inte för att jag vill ha kritik, men om det redan är publicerat i The Nation så borde det inte vara så illa ställt, så klicka gärna på länken och få dig ett skratt ;):D;)
 

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Warning over safety zones in far South
June 18, 2017
By PRATCH RUJIVANAROM
THE SUNDAY NATION
YALA



AUTHORITIES seeking to maintain public safety in the Deep South have assured that seven urban safety zones are well protected, with strict patrols to guard against attacks by insurgents.
However, an academic has warned that in order to secure safe zones for local people, the authorities must be sincere in their peace talks and negotiations with insurgent groups.

The car-bomb attack at the Big C department store in Pattani last month caused wide public concern – despite the fact no-one was killed – about security in the area, as insurgents had targeted civilians in an area proposed as a safety zone.

Col Pramote Phrom-in, a spokesman for Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) Region 4 Forward Command, said the Pattani blast showed that the insurgents could not enter ‘safe areas’ in core economic centres anymore, so they had opted for an easy target outside the safe areas.

“We aim to provide security for the people in the Deep South, so they can live without fear of an insurgent attack. Right now, the government has created seven safety zones in the core urban areas of Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat, and so far this effort has proven to be effective in reducing the number and severity of attacks within the safe areas,” Pramote said.

The seven safe zones proclaimed by the government in 2012 are – Muang Pattani, Muang Narathiwat, Muang Yala, Betong district in Yala, Su-ngai Kolok and Tak Bai in Narathiwat, plus Hat Yai in Songkhla. Each area has many patrols by police, local authorities, Volunteer Defence Corps, local volunteers, and emergency service officers. And entrances to these areas are heavily guarded with several |security checkpoints.

One “successful” example is Betong. Authorities say that due to the tight security in Betong, the only insurgent attack in the city was three years ago and it is now perfectly safe.

Aside from the deployment of patrols to keep the city safe, Pramote revealed that officials were trying to negotiate with insurgent groups to designate joint operation safety zones.

“The authorities are now seeking mutual agreements with the insurgent groups to stop inhumane attacks on civilians and jointly designate safety zones. But right now there is still no substantial progress on this effort yet,” he said.

“The timeframe for negotiation on safety zones is flexible and right now we are trying to build confidence about each other. Moreover, ISOC has a duty to provide a good atmosphere for talks.”

On February 28, the peace talks committee and an umbrella organisation for movements seeking independence in the Deep South – Majlis Syura Patani (MARA Patani) – met in Kuala Lumpur to select five safety zones in the region, saying they would select one to be a pilot area.

However, Srisompob Jitpiromsri, director of the Centre for Conflict Studies and Cultural Diversity at Prince of Songkla University, said the proposed safety zones were just part of operations by the authorities and could not guarantee that people’s lives would be safe.

“People in the public sector in the Deep South suggested that the safety zone should designate public areas such as hospitals, schools, temples, mosques, or markets – not a geographical area. But whatever kind of safety zones are set up, it is very |crucial that the authorities are sincere about starting negotiations [for peace],” Srisompob said.

“A safety zone can be achieved if both sides of the conflict negotiate and control armed forces in the area. The authorities also have to respect human rights and stop all violent activities that may spark new conflict.”

He explained that the insurgency was not acts of terrorism, because the groups involved had different goals from terrorist groups.

“This is insurgency. The attackers need to have popular support from local people in order to operate against the government. So most attacks have been attacks on authorities and avoid civilians,” he said.

“They sometimes attack soft |targets to signal a message to the authorities, like the attack at Big C Pattani, but we can see that they did not aim to cause vast casualties.”

Meanwhile, Meela, a resident |in Bannang Sata in Yala said local |people had got used to the danger of the insurgency.

But she welcomed the idea of |safety zones in public areas.

“There are not many attacks near my community, but that does not mean that we are safe. We just live normally,” she said. “It would be good for people to have some assurance that they will be safe in public areas, so it would be more comfortable for us to make a living without fear of attack.”
 

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Anti-graft body says probe into Watana stems from AEC case
June 17, 2017 07:50
By The Nation

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The anti-graft body has hit back at key Pheu Thai member Watana Muangsook, who is being investigated for malfeasance in a state housing project.
The former Cabinet minister claimed the agency’s probe was “politically motivated”.

But Sansern Poljiak, secretary-general of the National Anti-Corruption Commission, said no one had ordered the agency to conduct the probe and charge the politician. It was just the NACC’s work procedure, under which a panel would be set up to look into the matter to see if grounds for a case were found.

Sansern said the agency had not called on Watana to testify before, because the now-defunct Assets Examination Committee (AEC) had initiated an investigation against him and completed the process.

“There’s no need to repeat it again,” Sansern said.

The NACC press briefing was held in response to the politician’s accusation yesterday. Watana held a press conference at Pheu Thai’s office, slamming the agency for the fresh probe and charge against him.

Watana said the re-launch of a probe into a state housing project in which he was accused of malfeasance by anti-corruption officials was politically motivated.

This followed the NACC’s revelation on Wednesday that a joint panel comprising the NACC and the Office of the Attorney-General had been set up to look into contentious points in the case of alleged bribery against Watana over the Baan Eua-Arthorn housing project for the poor.

The NACC decided early this year to charge Watana with violating Articles 148 and 149 of the criminal code and committing malfeasance while on duty.

The penalties imposed range from a five-year jail term to execution, or a fine of up to Bt40,000.

Watana questioned whether the probe was being relaunched now because he was a severe critic of the government.

The case was investigated for more than 10 years by the former Assets Examination Committee. The AEC was set up as a result of the military coup in 2006, as part of a review of key state projects undertaken by the Thaksin Shinawatra government.

The Baan Eua-Athorn housing project, which planned to build 7,500 home units with a Bt2.5-billion budget, was among the cases.

An NACC source said the AEC initially found some irregularities in the project, but as its term ended it passed the investigation to the NACC, which worked on the case before reaching a conclusion.

Watana said he would follow the legal process and fight the accusations.
 

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‘We’ve captured real culprit behind Bangkok explosions’
June 17, 2017
By THE NATION



Court approves arrest warrant for retired engineer who reportedly has confessed.
A RETIRED electrical engineer has admitted that he was responsible for three bomb explosions in Bangkok earlier this year and three more in 2007 “because he disliked the military”, authorities said yesterday.

National police chief Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda said he was “rather confident” the right culprit had been arrested. “We have sufficient evidence to prosecute him,” he said.

The suspect was identified as Wattana Pummares, 61, who previously worked for the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand as an engineer. He was arrested on Wednesday and detained by the military.

Wattana, his wife, and another woman close to him, have been detained at different military facilities in Bangkok. Due to a post-coup rule, the military has the power to detain suspects in security-related offences for up to seven days.

When asked if the suspect’s alleged attacks were politically motivated, Chakthip said details would be disclosed at a police press briefing which would be held after the military hands the suspect over to police, which he expected to take place no later than next Tuesday.

“Police are trying to find out if other people were involved. Wattana gave useful information. But I don’t want to say now whom he has mentioned,” Chakthip said.

He added that the suspect had confessed that he planted a home-made bomb at Phramongkutklao Hospital last month, which left 25 people injured, and he also admitted to being responsible for a number of other explosions.

The Criminal Court yesterday approved a warrant for Wattana’s arrest for possessing explosive devices and his involvement with four bomb explosions in the city – one in 2007 and three others in April and May this year, deputy national police chief Pol General Srivara Ransibhramanakul said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan yesterday said Wattana “did it absolutely” because he disliked the military.

When asked if the suspect was involved with hard-line fugitive red-shirt leader Wuthipong “Ko Tee” Kotchathammakhun, General Prawit said authorities were looking into that matter.



Wattana told investigators that he planted improvised explosive devices in the capital because he wanted to take revenge on the military for its deadly crackdown on red-shirt protesters in 2010, according to a source.

His confession came after more than two hours of interrogation on Thursday, the source said.

Wattana admitted carrying out the bomb attack on April 9, 2007, outside the Major Ratchayothin shopping mall; on May 8, 2007, in Soi Ratchavithi 24; and on September 30, 2007, outside the Royal Thai Army headquarters.

In September 2006, the military staged a coup to overthrow the government of Thaksin Shinawatra.

The retired engineer also confessed to being responsible for three bomb blasts in the capital this year – outside the old Government Lottery Office building on Rajdamnoen Avenue on April 5, in front of the National Theatre on May 15, and at Phramongkutklao Hospital on May 22.

However, military investigators were not convinced by the suspect’s claim that he carried out all the bomb attacks alone, according to the source, who added that it was likely more blasts would have occurred soon if the man had not been arrested. Four home-made bombs were found in his house during a recent search, the source said.

Tests of the suspect’s DNA matched those found on all the explosive devices except for one – the improvised bomb planted outside the old GLO building, according to the source. That was why investigators were convinced the suspect did not act alone, the source added.

“The investigators believe there must be other people who helped the suspect carry out the attacks,” the source said.

Meanwhile, former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday dismissed speculation that her elder brother Thaksin, who has lived in self-exile overseas since 2008, was linked to the suspect, after a wall clock with Thaksin’s image was found at the suspect’s house.

Yingluck said that it was normal for a former prime minister to have admirers. But she maintained that Thaksin would not encourage the use of violence by his supporters.

“I believe that he [Thaksin] has never supported use of violence. Also, the Pheu Thai Party already condemned those responsible for such acts [planting bombs],” she said.

Yingluck was speaking to reporters after arriving at the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders, to attend a hearing on accusations that she was negligent in connection with her government’s corruption-plagued rice pledging scheme.
 

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