Police seek warrants in sex ring case | Bangkok Post: news

Police will seek court warrants to arrest three police officers allegedly involved in sex trafficking in Mae Hong Son, a source familiar with the investigation said. The suspect who is now in police custody also implicated two of his colleagues in sex trafficking. The sex trade scandal surfaced last November after authorities cracked down on prostitution rings in Mae Hong Son. An initial probe found several high-ranking state officials were alleged clients, including Mae Hong Son governor Suebsak Iamwicharn. The Mae Hong Son governor has been investigated over his alleged involvement in the sex scandal.

April 29, 2017 23:26 UTC

Ariya, Moriya fall off Texas Shootout pace | Bangkok Post: news

After sterling rounds of 67, Ariya Jutanugarn ballooned to a 76 on Saturday and now is five strokes behind leader Haru Nomura at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout in Texas. Thai sisters Moriya and Ariya Jatunagarn were tied in sixth place at three under par. But the Bangkok women were five shots behind Nomura, with just 18 holes remaining on Sunday. Instead, third-ranked Ariya shot a 76 with six bogeys and settled in a group of five players, including Moriya (74), who are five strokes off the lead. "I have fun, yeah," said Nomura, who at 8-under 205 takes a two-stroke lead into the final round.

April 29, 2017 23:15 UTC

Thai immigration policy fails | Bangkok Post: opinion

Immigrants not only bring talent but also ​work very hard and strive to succeed in a foreign land. The​ Thai immigration policy is either about cheap labour from neighbouring countries, or for Westerners there is a clear message: "S​how me the money." Kuldeep NagiDon't give in to thought policeRe: "Thought control chills", (PostBag, April 29). The following headline appeared in an online Thai newspaper: "Thailand will seek arrest warrant for Red Bull heir … or will they?" Eckhard HelbigCONTACT: BANGKOK POST BUILDING136 Na Ranong Road Klong Toey, Bangkok 10110Fax: +02 6164000 email: postbag@bangkokpost.co.thAll letter writers must provide full name and address.

April 29, 2017 22:52 UTC

Put health before hospital profits | Bangkok Post: opinion

Negative remarks time and again by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha about the Universal Healthcare Coverage (UC) scheme seem to signify its uncertain future. He has complained that the scheme, which provides free health access to more than 48 million Thais, is a huge financial burden for the administration. Operated by the National Health Security Office (NHSO), the scheme was then known as the "30-baht healthcare scheme". In particular, the negative remarks of Gen Prayut about the financial burden are not a good sign for the scheme. The UC scheme is a great policy that seeks to promote equality in Thai society -- that everyone, rich or poor, can have good health care.

April 29, 2017 22:41 UTC

Not exactly a great sense of timing | Bangkok Post: opinion

There are certainly places where vendors should not be allowed and are, to use the correct technical term, "a bloody nuisance". Then there was the anti-smoking campaign some years ago when the public health minister was known as a heavy smoker. Things did not improve once he got on board as the bus nudged its way through clogged midday traffic. Three years ago a state-of-the art submarine base in Sattahip opened and it has been waiting expectantly for the one thing such a splendid base really ought to have … a submarine. So it's not quite action stations yet and they will have to continue celebrating National Submarine Day by simply using their imagination.

April 29, 2017 22:41 UTC

Submarine deal has no mandate | Bangkok Post: opinion

The quotation on this one reads: 'Submarines are very useful in the Andaman Sea, up to 200 miles offshore.' But to give the benefit of the doubt, I would be more than happy to hear the navy's reasoning. The uproar over the deal has been severe enough for the military regime to go into defensive mode. To make matters worse, the current administration has started to come out and verbally attack individuals who have raised their voices against the deal. I guess the reason could be that if the ship goes to other countries, foreigners would see its bad condition.

April 29, 2017 22:30 UTC

Facebook murders | Bangkok Post: news

It was going on long before Mark Zuckerberg introduced Facebook Live to Thailand on Aug 5 of last year. The Thai government knew about Natalie's murder on Facebook before Facebook knew. Facebook Live sends video from your phone straight out on the internet, while simultaneously parking it on your Facebook page for later, time-shifted viewing. She saw the killing on Facebook live and went, distraught, to the police. Below: Flashback to Aug 5, 2016: Mark Zuckerberg introduces Facebook Live to the world.

April 29, 2017 22:07 UTC

Turkey blocks Wikipedia | Bangkok Post: news

ISTANBUL: Turkish authorities on Saturday blocked access to the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, the latest in what critics say is a crackdown on free speech. A block on all language editions of the Wikipedia website was detected at 8am local time on Saturday, the monitoring group Turkey Blocks said on its website. Monitoring groups have accused Turkey of blocking access to social media sites such as Twitter or Facebook, particularly in the aftermath of militant attacks. The government has in the past denied that it blocks the internet, blaming outages on spikes in usage after major events. Turkey last year jailed 81 journalists, making it the world's top jailer of journalists, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.

April 29, 2017 10:07 UTC

Red Bull heir may lose passport | Bangkok Post: news

(Bangkok Post file photo)The Foreign Ministry will be asked to consider revoking the passport of Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya, who faces an arrest warrant in a 2012 fatal hit-and-run case, says a senior prosecutor. To initiate the passport revocation process, the Royal Thai Police will inform the Foreign Ministry of the legal proceedings against Mr Vorayuth, Mr Amnat said. A working panel has been set up to seek the extradition of Mr Vorayuth who is believed be staying in the United Kingdom. Mr Amnat heads the panel but declined to give further details about its members except to say that they have expertise in the matter. Commenting on an observation that the suspect has a private jet and can travel with ease, Mr Amnat said Mr Vorayuth cannot just slip through immigration checks.

April 29, 2017 09:56 UTC

Myanmar bus crash near Thai border leaves 19 dead | Bangkok Post: news

YANGON - At least 19 people died and 21 were injured after a passenger bus plunged into a ravine in southeastern Myanmar near the border with Tak on Friday, local media reported on Saturday. Police were quoted as saying the accident occurred in the vicinity of Myawaddy, a town in Kayin state that lies opposite Mae Sot district in Tak. Rescue workers and officials help passengers after their bus plunged into a ravine in Myawaddy town in Myanmar on Friday. The Lwin Dawna passenger service bus was plying between Taungoo in the central Bago region and Myawaddy when the accident happened. Traffic accidents are common on this section of the Asian Highway, but Friday's incident was deadliest since it was opened two years ago, the reports said.

April 29, 2017 09:45 UTC

Police widen lotto scam net | Bangkok Post: news

Potchakorn Khonman arrives for questioning at the Crime Suppression Division on Thursday following her arrest in connection with a lottery investment scam. Pol Col Chakrit Sawatdi, a CSD deputy commander, said more people were believed to have colluded with fraud suspect Sawat Saengbangpla, 79, to swindle dozens of people out of at least 400 million baht. Pol Col Chakrit declined to give details about the planned arrest warrants. Police also asked the court to deny bail out of concern that the suspect might tamper with evidence. However, Ms Potchakorn did not seek bail and she was taken to the Central Women's Correctional Institution for detention.

April 29, 2017 09:00 UTC

Thailand still in US bad books | Bangkok Post: business

(Photo by Tawatchai Kemgumnerd)Thailand remains on the US Priority Watch List (PWL) for an 11th straight year because Washington says the country is not doing enough to seriously protect intellectual property rights. The USTR said Thailand had not done enough to clamp down on priracy of goods over the past year. "The United States is prepared to review that status if Thailand continues taking positive steps and makes substantial progress" in addressing the problems, it said. The Department of Intellectual Property released its 20-year IP Roadmap in January, in line with the plan to create a new "Thailand 4.0" model for economic development based on innovation and technology. Mrs Apiradee said the government continued to make progress along the road to ending rights violations and improving home-grown intellectual property rights.

April 29, 2017 08:37 UTC

Red Line crane collapse kills three | Bangkok Post: news

A large beam lies on the ground following a crane collapse at a Red Line construction site in Don Muang district of Bangkok on Friday night, killing three workers. (Photo by Krit Promsaka na Sakolnakorn)The State Railway of Thailand has halted construction of the Red Line electric railway after three workers were killed when a huge crane used for lifting concrete beams collapsed at a construction site in Don Muang district of Bangkok on Friday night. The SRT plans to set up a committee to investigate Italian-Thai Development Plc, the contractor for the Bang Sue-Rangsit Red Line rail project, over the collapse of the crane. SRT governor Anon Luangboriboon said the fallen crane was known as a segment launcher and was used for lifting concrete beams. Three construction workers were crushed to death when the huge crane collapsed at the construction site in front of Wat Don Muang on Kamphaeng Phet 6 Road in Si Kan area at around 8.40pm on Friday.

April 29, 2017 08:03 UTC

Ariya, Moriya contending in Texas | Bangkok Post: news

DALLAS: Thailand's Jutanugarn sisters are in strong contention heading into the third round of the Texas Shootout LPGA tournament on Saturday. "I hit the ball pretty good on my front nine, made some putts today," said Ariya. It was lucky, but it was also a good shot." Ariya, currently ranked No.3 in the world, is seeking her sixth LPGA title following her breakout five-win season last year. I putted well and shot pretty good today."

April 29, 2017 07:41 UTC

Murder suspect 'wanted victim's car for cash' | Bangkok Post: news

Police question two brothers (seated) accused of the robbery and murder of a 24-year-old Bangkok student whose body was found buried in a forest in Chayaphum province on Wednesday. Sathit Sakaew, 18, was apprehended in Muang district of Chaiyaphum on Friday evening following the arrest of his brother Watchara Sakaew, 22, on Thursday. Watchara was caught at a dormitory in Muang district on Thursday and allegedly confessed to helping bury Nirand’s body. He later left his hideout to seek refuge at an orchard in Non Somboon village in tambon Nasaeng in Muang district, where he was caught on Friday. Nirand had driven from Bangkok to Chaiyaphum on April 8 to celebrate Songkran with his parents in Muang district.

April 29, 2017 07:18 UTC

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