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Thai Crime: An Autopsy of Suspect Who Was Killed By Thai Police in Viral Video Released

August 31, 2021

An autopsy conducted revealed that Jeerapong Thanapat, a deceased drug suspect in police custody in Nakhon Sawan province, died of suffocation.
Although traces of drugs were found in his body, they were not the cause of death, according to Pol Col Anek Taosuparb, one of the officers leading the investigation panel into Jeerapong’s death.
A drug squad from the Muang Nakhon Sawan police station arrested Jeerapong and his wife on Aug 4, posing as potential customers.
On the basis of intelligence reports, they took them to their home in Takhli district of the same province to seize ice and amphetamine.
They brought him back to the police station for questioning after finding nothing at his house. Jeerapong was suffocated at noon on the following day, as shown in the video clip.
During the session, Thitisant Utthanaphon, chief of the station, joined the investigation. The earlier sting operation and arrest had not involved him.
Jeerapong’s head was covered in plastic bags so he wouldn’t see his face, according to Pol Col Thitisant. Jeerapong’s hands were tied in front, so he tried to tear the bags, so more than one bag was used. His hands had to be tied behind his back.
He stopped Jeerapong’s breathing when he noticed that he was lacking oxygen. He was given cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by Pol Lt Torranin Maswanna, one of the team members.
In a car, they drove him to Princ Paknampo Hospital at 1.30 pm. Police Captain Thitisant followed in another vehicle.
Investigation reports state that while they were on their way to the hospital, Pol Lt Torranin continued to perform CPR on him. Jeerapong’s medical records showed that he had no pulse when he was taken to the emergency room.
The hospital received information from Pol Col Thitisant. An ice drug suspect had been chased by the police for 10 minutes, he told the staff. He fell and was not breathing after being caught.
Doctors applied electric shocks to restart his heart before they could find a pulse. They also inserted a tube into his bladder to obtain urine for drug screening as claimed by Pol Thitisant.
Jeerapong was transferred to Sawanpracharak Hospital at 7.20 pm as he required specialists and was involved in a drug case.
Upon arriving at the hospital, he was bleeding from the abdomen and had no vital signs. On Aug 6, doctors tried to restart his heart for 30 minutes, but he died at the public hospital at 1.20 p.m.
Since they found substances in his urine, the doctors at Sawanpracharak Hospital ruled the death a drug overdose. Asphyxiation was also mentioned as a possible cause.
On Aug 27, Methee Wongsiriwan, assistant to the secretary-general of the Medical Council of Thailand, said that, when a person died at a hospital, his relatives would need a death certificate from the doctor there indicating the cause of death. In accordance with the law, the district’s census office must be notified of his death within 24 hours.
Nevertheless, where the cause of death is not known at the time, an autopsy must be performed, he said.
“There are five types of deaths that require an autopsy by law: murder, suicide, killing by animals, unknown causes of death, and death in custody,” said Dr. Methee.
The hospital must have conducted an autopsy before cremating Jeerapong’s body, but the results weren’t immediately available, he said.
Pol Col Thirasant turned himself in without seeking bail. Earlier, six other policemen at the police station surrendered or were arrested.
Pol Col Thirasant and Pol Lt Torranin have been charged with murder, which carries the death penalty, and three lesser charges. All of them were denied.
Seven suspects were detained in the high-security wing of the Phitsanulok prison. If they had remained in the single-wing Nakhon Sawan jail, they would have been locked up with the people they sent to prison. Furthermore, the charges against them were serious, they said.

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An Ordinary Bank Robbery Happened in Myanmar

August 31, 2021

In Yangon, four unidentified gunmen robbed a former state-owned bank and stole over 100 million kyats (US$61,000).
Global Treasure Bank (GTB) chairman U Maung Maung Thein confirmed the robbery at the bank’s branch in Yangon’s No. (1) ward on Monday morning.
“Around 100 million kyats were stolen. Our auditors are checking the details,” he told The Irrawaddy on Monday.
The robbery did not result in any injuries, he said.
According to a resident, the four robbers fled in a vehicle.
In the morning, a series of blasts rocked about eight locations in Yangon, including Insein Township near Mayangone, where the robbery took place.
Residents who live near the bank told The Irrawaddy that police and soldiers are currently looking for robbers.
Three gunmen robbed a GTB branch near a police station in South Oakkalapa Township, Yangon, in July. During that time, more than 10 million kyats were stolen.
In 1996, the GTB was established by the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development as a semi-government bank under the name Myanmar Livestock and Fisheries Development Bank. It has opened 172 branches in Myanmar.

The Designer of NES and SNES Has Left Nintendo After Nearly 40 Years

August 31, 2021

Lance Barr, the designer of the NES and SNES, is leaving Nintendo after almost 39 years.
Barr joined the Japanese giant in 1982 as a design and brand director. While Barr began his career designing arcade cabinets, he later redesigned Nintendo’s first two consoles, the Famicom and Super Famicom. This was primarily to appeal to western consumers on an aesthetic level
If you’re familiar with Nintendo’s Famicom line of consoles, you know that although they’re internally the same as the NES and SNES, their external appearance could not be more different. Famicom featured hardwired controllers, smaller cartridges, and a fun color scheme. The SNES’s design rework was much more subtle and only released in North America.
Nintendojo spoke with Barr about the process of transforming the Famicom into the NES:

“…the biggest change was the orientation and size requirements to accommodate a new edge connector for inserting the games. The new edge connecter was a ‘zero force’ design that allowed the game to be inserted with low force and then rotated down into the ‘contact’ position. The case had to be designed around the movement of the game and required the shape and size of the NES to grow from the earlier concepts. Many of the features remained, such as the two-tone color, left and right side cuts, and overall “boxy” look, but the proportions changed significantly to accommodate the new edge connector.

Throughout his career, Barr has continued to influence Nintendo’s hardware design. Barr has left his creative mark on Nintendo’s legacy with everything from the NES Zapper to the Nunchuck controller.
What is Barr going to do next? On his LinkedIn page, the designer indicates that he has retired. His website indicates he will move on to other untitled projects in the future. Barr certainly deserves some time off, but perhaps he has more in store for the iconic designer.
However, we wish you a long and happy retirement, Lance, and thank you for all you have done for us.

Thai Cabinet Approves More COVID-19 Relief

August 31, 2021

According to a government spokesman, the cabinet approved a further 44.3 billion baht in relief measures as the country struggles to control the worst Covid-19 outbreak to date.
Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said a briefing that the support will be for those affected by tough restrictions in 29 high-risk provinces, including Bangkok.
Thanakorn said the money was in addition to the previous relief package of 33.47 billion baht approved by the cabinet on August 10, 2021.
An increase in funds would benefit more than 9 million workers in 29 maximum-risk (dark red) provinces registered under Sections 39 and 40 of the Social Security Act, he said.
In an Aug 10 estimate, there were 6.7 million workers in need of assistance.
There are approximately 1.43 million eligible workers under Section 39 and about 8 million under Section 40. They will each receive 5,000 baht in cash, he said.
A worker covered by Section 39 of the Social Security Act is someone who previously paid contributions for at least 12 months under Section 33 and who, when they lost that status – either through retirement or termination of employment – continued to pay contributions to the fund.
A company wishing to retain its social security membership under Section 39 of the Social Security Act is one whose employees retire or become unemployed while they are still members under Section 33.
Workers under Section 40 are those who are not considered employees under Section 33 but have applied for social security insurance under the Act, while workers under Section 33 are insured company employees between the ages of 15 and 60 who are still working.

Thai Mystery: Friends Spend 8 Days Looking For Their Friend After Motorcycle Accident

August 30, 2021

The discovery of a man’s body after a motorbike accident was made even more tragic by the fact that police originally thought the victim had survived the accident but was trapped under his heavy motorbike and obscured by tall grass just meters from a busy road.
The Onong Kham Police in Si Racha was notified this week after friends searching for missing friends found his body, believed to have been dead for 8 days.TBueng Subdistrict, the same road where a recent motorbike crash victim was thought to be dead but was actually drunk and sleeping.
In Rayong, a 40-year-old man drove an 800cc “big bike”. During the week beginning August 18, his friends were unable to contact him and worried about his well-being. When they checked, he wasn’t at home. They then called local hospitals to see if he had been hospitalized for an accident or health condition, but no one could find him.
In search of clues, the friends traced his usual commute route from his job to his house. At the curve in the road, they noticed flattened grass and signs that something had run off the road. They were shocked to find their friend’s body under his motorbike when they wandered into the tall grass to investigate further.
The cyclist lost control of his bike and crashed into the grassy, wooded area just a few meters from the road, where he was injured but not killed. Due to his position and condition, he was unable to move his motorbike over his body and was trapped until he died.
He remained there for over a week before his friends found him. This week, his friends and family will lay his body to rest.

Opposition Commanders Have Admitted They Killed 25 Government Soldiers In June 2021

August 30, 2021

In June, two senior commanders of the Karen National Defence Organization (KNDO) admitted that security forces under their control detained and later killed 25 men in their territory near Myanmar’s border with Thailand, Fortify Rights reports.
Both Lieutenant Saw Ba Wah and General Ner Dah Bo Mya were suspended from their posts, but they told Fortify Rights that their men were responsible.
General Ner Dah Bo Mya denied wrongdoing, saying the men, who were not armed and not in uniform, were “spies” for the military and that his troops “had to finish them up, otherwise they try to run away during the fighting and then they would come back and it would be very hard for us.” The order came from a “captain of intelligence” at the Karen National Union (KNU) – the political group that controls the KNDO – the general added.
Fortify Rights said the KNU had confirmed they would cooperate with international investigators and share evidence of the killing and other crimes, as well as conducting its own investigation into the atrocities.
A war crime has been committed. Fortify Rights was announced on Tuesday.
Matthew Smith, the CEO of Fortify Rights, said in a statement that this was a massacre that should be investigated and prosecuted. The KNU is setting an important example of transparency, cooperation, and commitment to sharing evidence of atrocities with international justice mechanisms.”
In June, state media accused fighters from the KNDO of killing 25 civilians working on a road construction project.
The men were among 47 people, including 16 women and children, that the KNDO detained on May 31 in Kanele village in Karen state. The 25 men were killed on June 1, and the rest of the group was released a week later, Fortify Rights reported.
Besides interviewing General Ner Dah Bo Mya and Lieutenant Saw Ba Wah, the rights group also consulted a representative from the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), a member of Karen civil society, and independent analysts about the events of June 1.
There has been turmoil in Myanmar since the military seized power in a coup on February 1, with the KNU, one of the country’s largest ethnic armed groups, providing shelter to those fighting against the takeover.
Karen fighters seized a military post, and the army retaliated with airstrikes, the first in more than 20 years, causing 100,000 people to flee their homes, according to the UN.
In its crackdown on the anti-coup movement, the military has been accused of human rights abuses, with 1,000 killed since the coup, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.

Netflix Is Beta Testing Their Game Streaming Service in Poland

August 30, 2021

As part of its video games strategy, Netflix is currently testing the integration of mobile titles into its service.
The test is currently only available to Netflix subscribers in Poland and includes just two games — Stranger Things: 1984 and Stranger Things 3 — according to Netflix’s Twitter account.
The Netflix app for Android users now contains links to the two games, which will take users to the Google Play Store, where they can install them at no additional charge.
Netflix reiterated that its games will be free of ads and in-app purchases, and are included in its paid subscription plan.
We have a lot of work to do in the months ahead, but this is the first step,” Netflix Geeked wrote.
It’s an incremental step, but it gives a better idea of what Netflix has planned for its long-rumored entry into the games market.
Earlier this year, reports surfaced that Netflix would be ramping up its efforts in the games space following the success of both the mobile Stranger Things titles and its interactive shows like Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.
Additionally, the company attracted attention by hiring former Facebook and EA executive Mike Veru to its newly created position of VP of game development.
Shortly after, in its financial results, the company briefly discussed its plans for its games business, revealing that it would initially focus on ad-free, IAP-free mobile games.
A Stadia-like game streaming service has been rumored to be in the works by Microsoft, but this is unlikely in view of the company’s creative and logistical strengths.

New Thai Survey Says Thais Think Partial COVID-19 Lockdown Is Not Working

August 30, 2021

According to a survey by the National Institute of Development Administration, most respondents believe the partial lockdown to curb Covid’s spread has been ineffective. NIDA surveyed 1,312 adults ages 18 and older by phone between August 23 and August 26. They had different educational levels, vocations, and resided all over the country.
65% of respondents said the lockdown had not been successful. Among those, 36% said the lockdown was a total failure as not every area was under lockdown and the measures weren’t strict enough, which led to an increase in infection rates. 29% of respondents believed the lockdown wasn’t successful because not everyone complied with government measures and some people hadn’t received a Covid vaccine.
According to 27% of respondents, the partial lockdown was fairly successful since people closely followed the government’s guidelines, which reduced transmission. 6% of respondents said the movement restrictions helped reduce the number of infections. The remaining 3% did not respond.
74% of respondents said the lockdown should continue. 26% of those surveyed said the lockdown should continue, but with stricter measures to prevent people from traveling and gathering. A quarter of respondents said it should continue, but the measures should be eased as some people have already been vaccinated. 21% of respondents said the lockdown should continue as it is since the measures are appropriate.
Twenty-four percent of respondents said the lockdown should be lifted. As a result of the lockdown, residents were unable to support themselves financially and Covid is spreading anyway. Thailand’s government should instead purchase quality vaccines, according to the respondents. The last 2% did not answer the question.

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Thai Crime: A Thai Train In The Deep South Near Malaysia Was Attacked

August 29, 2021

On the last Saturday in August 2021, a bomb exploded as a train carrying agricultural products approached a railway station in Narathiwat. One carriage was shot at, but no one was injured. There was damage to the train.
An attack took place at 12.25 pm when train No 986 on the Sungai Kolok-Bangkok route was about one kilometer from the Tan Yong Mat station in Range district, Thai media reported.
As first reported by State Railway of Thailand (SRT), a homemade bomb was found on tracks between Ban Pha Pai and Tan Yong Mat around 12.40 pm, said Ekkarat Sri-arayayangpong, director of the SRT’s public affairs center.
The train’s fifth carriage, where SRT staff were seated, was shot at shortly after the bomb went off. Fortunately, none of them were injured. Ekkarat said the SRT is waiting for further information from investigators.
In the minutes after the bomb went off, gunshots were fired inside the fifth carriage of the train, where SRT personnel was sitting; this was part of measures to reduce hardship for people affected by the try bombing. Fortunately, none of them were injured. Ekkarat said the SRT is waiting for further information from investigators.
Sungai Kolok’s repurposed passenger train left on Saturday to transport fruit, agricultural products, and parcels from the deep South to Bangkok as part of measures to alleviate the hardship of people affected by travel restrictions and Covid-19 control measures.
The special cargo service, intended to help farmers and others during harvest time, began on Thursday and will run through Oct. 1.
The service will continue, but trains 985 and 986 will operate on the Bangkok-Yala-Bangkok route instead of Bangkok-Sungai Kolok-Bangkok.
It said the train attack not only damaged a train but would also inflict more economic damage on native residents and farmers’ restrictions and Covid-19 control measures.
The special cargo service, intended to help farmers and others during the harvest season, began on Thursday and is scheduled to operate until Oct 1, 2021.
Trains 985 and 986 will operate on the Bangkok-Yala-Bangkok route rather than Bangkok-Sungai Kolok-Bangkok, Ekkarat said.
As a result of the train attack, the SRT Workers’ Union said not only was a train damaged but local residents and farmers would also suffer economic hardship.

Note: The most likely suspects of this attack is Muslim terrorists. They have been active since the early 2000s after they stole weapons from a Thai army arsenal. Their aim is to turn the 4 most southern provinces into a country. A long time ago, they were a country and they want to bring it back.
Sungai Koloh is a city that borders Malaysia. You will need Google Translate to know how to pronounce it.

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Myanmar Reporter Spends Birthday In Prison

August 29, 2021

Tu Tu Tha is not known for hosting grand birthday parties. Her previous parties were simple but memorable events marked by singing and time spent with family and friends.
She was deprived of such an opportunity this year. After spending more than four months behind bars, she turned 50 on Saturday.
I don’t think Tu Tu Tha is a criminal. Author of several books, trainer of journalists, and former editor with experience in a variety of newsrooms, she has more than two decades of experience.
On April 24, she was accused of failing to report herself as an overnight guest to military authorities along with one of her two sons, 18-year-old Nyan Lu Thit; her younger brother, Ye Naung; and a friend of her son.
Their families and friends hoped that they would be released shortly after they were detained, but all four are still in jail. After spending three nights at the military’s Shwepyithar interrogation center, Tu Tu Tha was sent to the infamous Insein Prison. Later, she was charged with incitement under Section 505a of the penal code, a crime punishable by three years in prison if convicted.
In the four months that she has been in prison, she has not been allowed to visit any of her relatives in person.
After Tu Tu Tha’s trial began in a closed prison court, all hearings were halted in late June due to an outbreak of Covid-19 inside and outside the prison.
Following the February 1 military coup, thousands of people were arbitrarily arrested by the junta. More than 6,000 people have been detained by the regime in prisons across the country, most of whom are charged with incitement and terrorism for participating in anti-coup activities.
Tu Tu Tha began his career as an engineer at the Government Technical Institute (GTI) in Yangon. Despite her father’s encouragement to attend the school, whose cartoons appeared in newspapers and magazines from the 1970s to the early 1990s, Tu Tu Tha found she was not cut out for engineering and decided to pursue literature instead, a passion from childhood. Still, her love of the more than 120-year-old GTI school and the years she spent there was reflected in her most recent novel, which was released in early 2020. The title of the book, Bandamar Lan Ka Alwan Chay Yar, derives from the tree-lined streets in front of the dorm where she once lived.
My inspiration [for that book] was always in my heart. Nevertheless, I lost my computer while I was writing the book and was already halfway through. ‘It took me two more years to rewrite it from scratch,’ Tu Tu Tha said in a media interview at her book launch in March last year.
A Phay Kyaung, or Father’s School, also demonstrates her commitment to writing works inspired by real-life events. A book published in 2015, it tells the stories of four Burmese migrants to Thailand and explores the struggles surrounding migrant children’s access to education.
As an editor for The Irrawaddy news magazine in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where she wrote under the pen name Aye Chan Myae, she was inspired to write that book.
Tu Tu Tha wrote the script for a film by the same name. The film was made in 2012 and released in 2016, directed by filmmaker Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi, who is also currently in prison with Tu Tu Tha after being arrested on the day of the coup. Ye Deight, the lead actor, is also detained in Insein. Earlier this month, he was arrested and charged with the same offense as Tu Tu Tha.
When The Irrawaddy opened an office in Yangon in 2013, Tu Tu Tha and her colleagues returned to Myanmar after five years in Thailand.
Ye Ni, editor of The Irrawaddy’s Burmese edition, described his former colleague Tu Tu Tha as a dedicated journalist and writer who shouldn’t be locked up, and he urged the immediate release of all political prisoners, including journalists, authors, and poets.
Dedicated to and operating from her home township, Tu Tu Tha founded the Thanlyin Post in 2016. For around two years, she ran the publication until she could no longer afford it. Tu Tu Tha then went on to become a part-time trainer at the Myanmar Journalism Institute.
Tu Tu Tha’s friends, former colleagues, and family are concerned about her health amid reports of widespread Covid-19 infections at Insein Prison. In a letter to her family dated August 20, she wrote that she indeed had fallen sick for a few days but had since recovered, according to a relative who asked not to be named for security reason