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Thai Crime: A NewCommitte To Investigate Red Bull Boss

October 19, 2021

A seven-member committee has been set up to behavior a serious disciplinary investigation of former deputy lawyer commonplace Nate Naksuk’s selection to drop a cost of reckless riding inflicting dying in opposition to Red Bull scion Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya.
The Public Prosecutors Commission (PCC) on Sept 21 appointed Thanapit Munphruek, former chief of the Department of Special Litigation beneath the Office of the Attorney General, to head the inquiry.
Another six individuals had been appointed at a PCC assembly recently

  • Chatipong Jeerapan, deputy attorney general (ex-officio member of the PCC);
  • Chaowalit Wongsanoraseth, acting inspector-general;
  • Suwich Chutrakul, acting director-general of the Prosecution Office Region 7;
  • Anucha Wattanapa, acting deputy director-general of the Office of the Public Prosecutors Commission;
  • Pol Maj Santi Murichan, a prosecutor attached to the Office of the Attorney General; and
  • Mankiat Thanawichitpan, an inspector-general.
  • Pachara stated all seven participants of the committee have been skilled investigators.
    He believed the serious disciplinary investigation of Mr. Nate, who dropped a reckless riding cost towards Vorayuth, would be finished in 60 days. The investigation ought to be prolonged twice, however now not exceeding a hundred and eighty days in total.
    Mr. Pachara stated the PCC needs the investigation prolonged to additionally cowl a prosecutor who may have been worried about altering the mentioned velocity of the automobile pushed by means of Mr. Vorayuth.
    In the early morning of Sept 3, 2012, Mr. Vorayuth’s black Ferrari crashed into the rear of the bike-ridden by using Pol Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert on Sukhumvit Road. The policeman used to be killed and his physique used to be dragged a long distance down the road.
    The statute of obstacles on the cost of reckless riding inflicting dying is 15 years, and the case will expire on Sept 3, 2027.

Thailand Will Soon End The Use Of The Sinovac Vaccine

October 19, 2021

Thailand will end the usage of the Covid-19 vaccine of China’s Sinovac when its modern-day inventory finishes, a senior Public Health Ministry reputable stated on Monday, having used the shot appreciably in aggregate with Western-developed vaccines.
Thailand used over 31.5 million Sinovac doses when you consider that February, beginning with two doses to frontline workers, high-risk groups, and residents of Phuket, the excursion island that reopened to vacationers in July in a pilot scheme.
In July, Thailand commenced inoculating human beings with Sinovac as a first dose accompanied by using the Oxford University-developed AstraZene”We anticipate to have disbursed all Sinovac doses this week,” stated Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, the Department of Disease Control director-general, including the software will change to combining the AstraZeneca vaccine with that made with the aid of Pfizer and BioNTech.
Thailand subsequent yr plans to purchase a hundred and twenty million Covid-19 vaccine doses incomplete and has already booked 60 million doses of AstraZeneca, a vaccine it manufactures locally.
Thailand has stated it will solely procure vaccines high-quality in opposition to new variants.ca. Thailand was once the first us of to mix Chinese and Western shots, an approach its fitness officers stated has proved effective.
It has so a ways vaccinated 36% of the estimated seventy-two million humans who stay in Thailand and hopes to attain 70% through year-end.
U. s . is forging in advance with a quarantine-free reopening format subsequent month of 17 provinces to vaccinated arrivals from low-risk countries. Included will be locations like Pattaya, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, and Bangkok.
Thailand has recorded almost 1.8 million instances and 18,336 fatalities overall, greater than 98% in the past seven months.

Thai Crime: A Thai Man Wrapped In Cable May Have Been Murdered

October 18, 2021

A web repairman in Bang Lamung had a morbid shock when he was once repairing net cables in the nighttime and noticed a man standing with the aid of a tree. He is known as out to him in the dark, however, the man did now not reply. When he approached the nonetheless man, he found to his horror that the parent he noticed used to be that of a lifeless man slumped in opposition to the tree, tangled in cables.
The incident took location on Friday close to Number 36 Road in Bang Lamung in a tree-filled vicinity the man used to be tasked with traveling to restoration the net wires. He found the physique and used to be taken aback however known as the Nonprue Police around 7 pm Friday evening.
The police arrived on the scene and observed the man putting upright between two trees, wrapped in cables. They stated there used to be no signal of any kind of disagreement or conflict implying a 2d man or woman used to be concerned about the death.
The man used to be recognized as a 53-year-old man and a bike that is believed to belong to the deceased man was once discovered nearby. One clue police uncovered to what might also have taken place was once a pair of white cutters determined nonetheless striking from some high-voltage energy cables close to the man’s body.
The motive of demise has now not been completely decided however police say that the most possible reason for dying used to be both suicide or an unintentional demise when he tried to reduce the energy cables, perhaps to steal them and possibly wondering it used to be the web lines, no longer high-voltage unsafe wires.

New Poll Says People Are Not Ready For Reopening

October 18, 2021

A new poll from Suan Dusit Rajabhat University expresses the majority opinion that Thailand is not ready for a reopening to international tourism. The Suan Dusit Poll was conducted from October 11 to 14 with 1,329 people from all over Thailand responding online.
The poll was conducted to gauge the people of Thailand’s feelings about PM Prayut Chan-o-cha announcing that the country would undertake a large reopening on November 1, less than 2 weeks from now.
When the poll administers asked respondents the more vague question of if Thailand is ready to reopen to international travelers without any quarantine requirement, and when asked the more specific question of if November 1 was the right date to commence this reopening, the answer was nearly identical.
For both questions, 60% of the poll respondents said no and 40% said yes, indicating that the majority of Thai people don’t think November 1 is the right time to reopen and further believe that the country is just not ready for a reopening.
Some key questions and answers from the Dusit Poll on reopening:

WHAT ARE THE NECESSARY CONDITIONS FOR REOPENING?

75% – more than 70% of the population needs to be vaccinated with quality vaccines
69% – the ability to contain the pandemic
68% – health services, hospitals, and medical personnel must be ready
66% – mandatory testing of people before entering places
65% – confidence in safety in airports, public transport, restaurants, and hotels
WHAT ARE UNFAVORABLE CONDITIONS AGAINST REOPENING?

72% – Thai population has not yet been fully vaccinated
70% – Covid-19 could spread further in the country
66% – tourists could bring in the virus
61% – worry over new variants
56% – no clear plans if Covid-19 spreads
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF REOPENING?

77% – revival of the economy
75% – the return of employment and salaries
68% – national income from tourism
64% – revival of tourism-related businesses
58% – restore confidence in Thailand for investors and business operators
WHAT ARE THE UNFAVORABLE EFFECTS OF REOPENING?

83% – Covid-19 infections might again rise
75% – lockdown could be reinstated
60% – health services might not be prepared
55% – illegal border crossings might increase
48% – people’s living conditions might be affected

Myanmar Military LeadeNot Be Allowed To Attend ASEAN Summit

October 17, 2021

The head of Myanmar’s military junta will be excluded from an upcoming Asean summit, the group said on Saturday, a rare rebuke as concerns rise over the military government’s commitment to defusing a bloody crisis.
Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed at an emergency meeting late Friday that Min Aung Hlaing would not be invited to the leaders’ meeting on Oct 26-28, the current Asean chair Brunei said.
The bloc, widely considered a toothless organisation for its rigid devotion to “non-interference” in each other’s internal affairs, took a strong stand after the junta rebuffed requests for a special envoy to meet with all parties concerned — a phrase seen to include ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The statement noted “insufficient progress” in the implementation of a five-point plan agreed by ASEAN leaders in April to end turmoil following a coup in February.
Some member states recommended giving “space to Myanmar to restore its internal affairs and return to normalcy”.
It was decided “to invite a non-political representative from Myanmar” to the summit, “while noting the reservations from the Myanmar representative”, the statement said.
Mustafa Izzuddin, a global affairs analyst at the consultancy Solaris Strategies Singapore, called the exclusion “a political stopgap measure for Asean to assuage international criticism”.
“Second, it ensures its regional reputation as an organization that can still play an active role in Southeast Asian affairs,” he told AFP.
Izzuddin also said the move sent a “political signal” to the junta “that ASEAN is not one to be pushed around, and that Myanmar must show its seriousness and its commitment to roll out the five-point plan”.
Myanmar, mostly ruled by the military since a 1962 coup, has been a thorn in Asean’s side since it joined in 1997.
Elections in 2015 won by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party ushered in the start of civilian rule — but this was cut short by the coup.
ASEAN has been under international pressure to address unrest that erupted after the putsch, including massive protests; renewed clashes between the military and ethnic rebel armies in border regions; and an economy spiraling into freefall.
The bloc has expressed disappointment at a lack of cooperation from the junta, which continues to crack down brutally on dissent. More than 1,000 civilians have been killed, according to a local monitoring group.
Part of the consensus was to allow a long-delayed visit by a special envoy, Brunei’s Second Foreign Minister Erywan Yusof.
ASEAN has insisted that he meets with all parties concerned, but the junta rejected any proposed meetings with people on trial, among them Aung San Suu Kyi, who is facing charges including sedition and flouting coronavirus restrictions during last year’s polls.
Member nations had already voiced their disappointment at the path the junta has chosen.

Domestic Flights Are Back To Normal

October 17, 2021

Domestic flights have resumed running at the complete potential in step with the state-of-the-art easing of Covid-19 regulations which took impact a.ck
Suttipong Kongpool, director-preferred of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), stated the revised tips for airways running home flights have lifted potential limits on home flights.
The variety of passengers turned into formerly constrained to 75% of the whole potential
Under the brand new tips which took impact yesterday, airways also can perform greater flights however need to follow the middle of the night curfew which has been shortened with the aid of using hours from eleven pm to three am.
He stated the revisions are in step with the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s selection to loosen up the virus curbs. The airways are nevertheless required to enforce in-flight Covid-19 prevention measures, he stated.
Meanwhile, the public fitness government will maintain talks with diverse corporations withinside the delivery and tourism sectors to exercise session similarly information in advance of the Nov 1 reopening scheme, stated a senior public fitness official.
Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, director-preferred of the Department of Disease Control, stated enterprise operators in 15 provinces wherein completely vaccinated overseas vacationers from low-threat international locations can go to without quarantine need to have sufficient time to prepare.
More than 20 international locations were proposed as low-threat however the listing has but to be finalized, he stated.
When pronouncing the reopening plan to restart the tourism enterprise final week, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha stated there could be as a minimum 10 “low threat” international locations, which includes Singapore, Germany, China, and the US.
Dr. Opas stated there are 4 essential Covid-19 prevention measures for corporations to observe.
They are vaccination, regular protection, the adoption of secure environments, and rigorous screening in particular in high-threat institutions along with air-conditioned restaurants.
“An assembly might be held subsequent week with numerous corporations and enterprise operators. We may have greater information with the aid of using them. But with the measures being taken we trust the operators might be ready [for reopening].”
As for worldwide vacationers getting back from low-threat international locations, he stated they may go through Covid-19 assessments upon arrival and watch for consequences at SHA Plus or ASQ inns earlier than they are able to experience the relaxation in their holiday.

Thai Crime: Tak transgender Was Arrested For Doing LINE Sex Shows

October 16, 2021

A transgender woman was arrested in Tak province, accused of selling access to live stream sex shows via a group chat on the LINE app. The 30-year-old woman known as Nong Phrai was tracked down and arrested by the Crime Suppression Division in her hometown after the Wang Thong Lang Police in Bangkok also issued a warrant for her arrest on similar charges.
Authorities say they were responding to a complaint regarding a website promoting a group on the LINE app with a 700 baht subscription rate to watch sex shows, including sex videos and live sex shows at various locations. The Criminal Court issued a warrant regarding the sex streams for the transgender woman on August 2 for the charges of producing pornography and putting that porn on computer systems for distribution or commercial purposes, along with similar related charges
Investigators identified the woman and tracked her down to her home town in Sam Ngao District of Tak where she was picked up walking along a dirt road. The transgender woman is reported to have admitted to the crimes and said that she made the live streaming sex videos featured in the LINE group with her boyfriend.
She said that the couple started making live sex shows and sharing them via the LINE app sometime last year and that many people had subscribed to their group. An exact figure was not disclosed for how many members the LINE group had or how much money the couple made with their sex shows.
After the transgender woman’s arrest by the Crime Suppression Division for streaming the live sex shows, she will be handed over to the Wang Thong Lang Police to face prosecution

Myanmar Military Prrpaing For Next Election

October 15, 2021

Myanmar’s coup regime has stepped up efforts to interchange the country’s electoral machine to Proportional Representation (PR), which might make it less complicated for smaller events to win parliamentary seats and might consequently advantage the army’s proxy Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).
Last year’s election, wherein the now-ousted National League for Democracy (NLD) humiliated the USDP, changed into held below the First Past the Post (FPTP) machine, which means that during every constituency the candidate with the maximum votes received a parliamentary seat whilst the dropping applicants’ votes have been discarded.
Under the junta’s plan, seats in parliament might accept events primarily based totally on the share of the vote they obtained nationwide. In each of the preceding elections, the NLD changed into offered a percentage of seats that changed into better than the share it secured of the country-wide vote.
The junta’s repeated guarantees to keep new elections withinside the wake of its February 1 coup had been extensively derided with the aid of using pro-democracy activists, who say any ballot held below the army’s authority can be illegitimate and that the NLD have to be unconditionally lower back to power.
Many of the junta’s opponents, inclusive of the shadow National Unity Government, have dedicated themselves to overthrowing the dictatorship with armed resistance, moves and boycotts.
Since early June, the junta has continuously promoted the PR machine in its newspapers. Earlier this month its election fee launched an ee-e boat outing the advantages of the machine titled Studying the Legislative Parliamentary Elections (Part 1).
The fee marketed the ee-ebook as “the solution to questions including which PR machine will be great to put into effect in an election and what form of an election have to be held below the 2008 Constitution.”
The ee-ebook is a must-have for applicants and events making plans to participate in upcoming elections, the fee stated.
Commission member Khin Maung Oo stated at a press convention in Naypyitaw overdue closing month that almost all the political events have agreed to interchange to the PR machine, even though he did now no longer specify how many.
“We have organized the vital legal guidelines, principles, manuals and publications in an effort to be capable of putting into effect the plan proper after the UEC has mentioned with the political events and made the selection,” he stated. He brought that a PR machine isn’t in opposition to the 2008 Constitution.
The fee, led with the aid of using the previous trendy Thein Soe, held numerous conferences with political events in overdue February and in May to talk about the PR machine, in step with representatives of events that attended.
Most events that attended received only a few votes withinside the preceding election, have been aligned with the army, or each.
Sai Aik Pao, chair of the Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP), stated he attended the conferences however did now no longer say anything.
“They talked specifically approximately the PR machine. I assume there can be every other assembly on the give up of this month,” he stated. “We ought to pay attention to them provide an explanation for approximately it. We can’t determine whether or not or now no longer we’d receive it without paying attention to their explanation.”
On Saturday, Lieutenant General Win Bo Shein pointed out the PR machine in element all through an assembly with the National Solidarity and Peace Negotiation Committee (NSPNC), which a few political events attended, BBC Burmese reported.
Coup chief Min Aung Hlaing has been vocal approximately his choice to extra de to a PR machine.
He stated all through an assembly in Naypyitaw with contributors of his army council in August that a PR machine might be “all-inclusive” and permit for constituents’ voices to be higher represented.
“It is vital to amend the manner representatives are elected and the election machine,” he stated. “During its tenure, the authorities will make those amendments with the aid of using coordinating with everyone.”
It isn’t the primary time the army and its supporters have touted a PR machine. In 2012, after the NLD received almost every seat it contested with the aid of using elections a Lower House lawmaker from the National Democratic Force (PDF), a USDP ally, submitted an offer in parliament to talk about a circulate in the direction of PR.
The NDF’s chair Than Nyein additionally despatched the election fee proper advice to undertake the PR machine. The PDF once more submitted an offer withinside the USDP-ruled parliament urging a extrude to PR in 2014.
While the then-ruling USDP and the PDF have been in favor of the machine, NLD lawmakers in large part adversarial it, with their birthday celebration anticipated to land a majority withinside the 2015 election.
NLD MPs submitted an objection to the notion on the Constitutional Tribunal. The NDF’s efforts failed, after which parliamentary speaker Shwe Mann concluded the talk with the aid of using mentioning the tribunal and maintaining that FPTP changed into the most effective electoral machine that changed into in keeping with the Constitution.
Now that the army council has entire manipulate over the election fee and the constitutional tribunal, there are now no longer any hurdles for Min Aung Hlaing to put into effect PR.
Khin Maung Oo, the election fee member, stated the FPTP machine might nonetheless be utilized in Myanmar’s six self-administered areas and 29 constituencies for ethnic affairs minister positions withinside the subsequent election.
“We will nonetheless abide with the aid of using the electoral legal guidelines covered withinside the 2008 Constitutions in imposing the PR machine and we can now no longer extrude the number of MPs,” he stated at closing month’s press convention.
The PR machine has additionally confronted competition from numerous ethnic events. The Zomi Congress for Democracy birthday celebration’s secretary trendy, Pu Gin Kam Lian, stated he adversarial the machine earlier than at the grounds it might be tough to put into effect in Chin State.
The birthday celebration might now take its lead on whether or not to aid PR from the United Nationalities Alliance (UNA), a coalition of 15 ethnic political events, he brought.
“We ought to determine relying on the UNA’s selection. And we nonetheless don’t realize what the NLD goes to do. All people inclusive of the NLD agreed to boycott the 2010 election, however, we gave our aid while the NLD stated it might compete withinside 2012 with the aid of using-election,” he stated.
“We can’t rush the selection now as we don’t realize what’s going to appear subsequent,” he brought.
Sai Aik Pao stated the SNLD additionally adversarial PR below the USDP authorities. “We objected to the concept returned then due to the fact we didn’t apprehend it fully. We nonetheless can’t make a selection now because it’s nonetheless a pretty new concept for us,” he stated.
A founding member of the New Myanmar Foundation election tracking group, who requested now no longer to be named, stated it regarded the junta desired to keep an election soon, especially because it had used fake claims of voter fraud to justify its coup.
“It seems that the ASEAN is likewise pressuring them as they used voter fraud as an excuse,” she stated, relating to the ten-member bloc of Southeast Asian nations that Myanmar is a member of. “So plainly they may be maintaining every other election very soon.”

Thai Crime: Thai Police Arrest 4 Women For Drug Possesion

October 15, 2021

Four girls had been arrested and two hundred kilograms of compressed marijuana seized from one in every one of their cars in Hat Yai district.
Border patrol police and narcotics suppression officials arrested the 4 girls touring on a pickup truck and a car, which had been stopped for a seek on Soi Bunnakan in tambon Kho Hong on Wednesday.
The officers discovered two hundred kilograms of compressed marijuana really well worth around 10 million baht hidden withinside the pickup truck, stated Pol Maj Gen Atthawut OnApp, commander of the Border Patrol Police Region 4, in the course of a media briefing on Thursday.
The 4 suspects had been Sawittri Sirisatipanya, 30, Wiphawan Phanlert, 33; Nuan-Anong Thanpirom, 37, and Nittaya Suksa-, 37, all from Ratchaburi. Four cellular telephones had been seized from them.
During questioning, the suspects confessed to having been employed through an overseas booking for 160,000 baht to smuggle the medication from Saraburi province to Hat Yai district.
They had picked up the medication in Saraburi at around three am on Wednesday and arrived in Hat Yai around three pm on an identical day.
They then drove to a shopping center on this southern border district and waited there till 7 pm.
The suspects stated they had been requested to supply the medication in tambon Kho Hong as a person might come to select out up the medication, which might then be transported to the deep South after which to a neighboring country
The arresting police stated the medication was smuggled from Laos. The 4 girls claimed that they’d smuggled the medication for the primary time. They had been charged with having illicit capsules in Category five of their ownership with a rationale to sell.

New Software Being Created For Thais and Others To Deal With Files and Records

October 15, 2021

Tanee Sangrat, the spokesman for the Foreign Affairs Ministry, stated a brand new web-primarily based totally software referred to as the Thailand Pass gadget, in which humans can accumulate records and add documents, is being evolved for the kingdom’s Nov 1 reopening.
Tanee stated the Thailand Pass will update the CoE gadget and facilitate the submitting of an immigration shape referred to as the TM6 and a fitness statement shape referred to as T8.
However, the CoEs are nevertheless required for positive agencies of humans, together with individuals who want to go into the united states through land or sea, he stated.
As for vaccination certification, certificates can be authorized online via way of means of the Department of Communicable Disease Control beneath neath the Public Health Ministry, he stated.
According to Tanee, his ministry has authorized greater than 400,000 CoEs for Thai and overseas nationals so far.
The Public Health Ministry on Thursday mentioned 11,276 new Covid-19 instances and 112 greater fatalities recorded withinside the preceding 24 hour