21 Jul 2017
6:03 pm

Thailand’s under 15 football team will meet Vietnam in the championship match of the 2017 Asean Football Federation U-15 Championship tournament tomorrow (July 22) at the Chon Buri Stadium.

In a semi-final match, the Thai team, the Group A leader, beat Malaysia, the second of Group B, with the score of 1-0 at the Chon Buri Stadium con Thursday (July 20).

In this match, Suppanat Muanta, the Thai ace striker who made four goals in previous matches, was sidelined, while Kittipong Khetpara was put to play in the forward.

The Thai team led 1-0 in the 17th minute with a corner kick by Thanarin Thumsen for Jakrapong Saenmahung to head the ball past the goal mouth.

The Thai players had many other chances to score but were not successful.

The game ended with Thailand’s 1-0 victory over Malaysia.

The Thai team will meet Vietnam, which beat Australia 2-0 in the other semi-final match, in the final.

The championship match will be held at Chon Buri Stadium tomorrow, starting 6.30pm.

21 Jul 2017
2:29 pm

The police investigating the May 22 Phramongkutklao hospital bombing in Bangkok will prosecute the lone bomb suspect within two weeks after evidence collected and accounts by witnesses did not link more suspects to be involved.

The decision to wrap up the hospital bombing investigation and pursue court action against the lone perpetrator, Wattana Phumares, a retired engineer of the state-owned Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, was reached at the meeting of investigation team chaired by Royal Thai Police deputy commissioner Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul on July 20.

The meeting agreed to file charges against the 61-year-old suspect in seven bombing cases he admitted to have been responsible for during 2007-2017.

Tentative date for his prosecution in these bombing cases will be in two weeks or before August 8, he said.

The seven bombing incidents he admitted to have committed alone include bombings in front of former lottery office, at the National Theatre, and in Ratchayothin road and Soi Ratchavithi 24 in 2007.

Charges that the police will file against him include premeditated murder attempts, causing explosions that injured others, illegally possessing and using explosives, and having military weapon in possession.

The deputy commissioner said investigators are asking a private company on whether they would allow the police to also charge Mr Wattana for private property damages caused by the bomb or not.

Although the damage was caused to the private sector’s property, the police would have to consider if this also caused damage to the state, he said.

Mr Wattana was arrested on June 15 this year after he was seen in the hospital’s CCTV camera carrying a bag with a flower vase into the Phramongkutklao hospital’s dispensary for commissioned officers.

The flowers vase later exploded leaving 20 people injured.

21 Jul 2017
11:34 am

The government will hold a grand merit-making ceremony on July 27-28 as a tribute to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and to bless Her Majesty the Queen as well as His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun on the occasion of his 65th birthday anniversary on July 28.

Prime Minister’s Office deputy permanent secretary Patcharaporn Inseeyong said the government had already sought permission from HM the King to hold a grand merit-making ceremony and alms-offerings in Bangkok and all provinces across the country, at Thai embassies and consular offices and temples abroad.

On July 27 at 6 pm, merit-making ceremony will be held at the front lawn of Dusit Palace with the Supreme Patriarch as chairman of the clerics while Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha as chair of the lay people. Altogether 241 high-ranking monks are to attend the ceremony.  

The government will print 100,000 copies of the prayers for this ceremony to be distributed to people participating the event in Bangkok. More copies of the prayers will be printed by the private sector for wider distribution.

The event will be televised live by the Public Relations Department and TV Pool for nationwide audience.

At 7 am on July 27, the prime minister will preside over a merit making ceremony involving five religions at the Government House.

On July 28 at 7am, the prime minister will preside over an alm-offering for monks at Dusit Palace.  Similar activity will also be held in all provinces, Thai embassies and consular offices and temples abroad.

Members of the public are invited to participate in these religious activities.

20 Jul 2017
10:05 pm

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun on Thursday designated Trang governor Mr Siripat Pattanakul to preside over the Royal cremation of 19-year old Mr Khanti Yotharak who drowned after he helped save a girl from drowning.

The Royal cremation was held at Wat Kokpikul in Muang district of Trang and it was attended by the victim’s family members, friends, local government officials and many local residents who appreciated and praised the sacrifice made by the young man.

A motorcycle mechanic, Mr Khanti was resting beside a pond in his village when he heard shouts for help from several girls.  He saw a girl struggling in the pond and jumped into it to help pluck her to safety.  However, he himself was unfortunate and drowned after being sucked by quicksand-like mud.

After having heard about the young man’s heroic stunt and sacrifice, HM the King sponsored Mr Khanti’s funeral and cremation.

Mr Khant was the youngest of three siblings born to Mr Chansaeng and Mr Veera who went missing without traces. He finished primary education at Pohpanya school in Muang district and entered monkhood.  After leaving monkhood, he got a job in a motorcycle repair shop.

 

20 Jul 2017
9:40 pm

The Criminal Court on Thursday dismissed a case against six core members of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) for double jeopardy and suspended its ruling on three others for two years.

The case was filed on Dec 30, 2015 by the prosecutors against nine PAD leaders — Maj Gen Chamlong Srimuang, 79, Sondhi Limthongkul, 67, Phibhop Dhongchai, 69, Somkiat Pongpaiboon, 64, Somsak Kosaisuk, 69, Suriyasai Katasila, 42, Chaiwat Sinsuwong, 65, Amorn Amornrattananond or Ratchayut Sirayothinpakdi, 58, and Therdphum Jaidee, 73 — for leading protests at various locations in 2008 to seek the ouster of the then government of Samak Sundaravej in violation of Sections 116, 215 and 216 of the Criminal Code.

The protests led by the nine defendants were held at many government installations including the Foreign Ministry, Office of the Election Commission, Interior Ministry, Royal Thai Police, Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry, Finance Ministry and the Office of the Attorney General.

The PAD protesters also rallied at Government House from May to October 2008.

The court examined the last witness on April 27 this year and set July 20 for a ruling.

The court today ruled that the prosecutors had no authority to sue six of the PAD leaders — Maj Gen Chamlong, Mr Sondhi, Mr Phibhop, Mr Somkiat, Mr Somsak and Mr Suriyasai — as doing is considered double jeopardy, because a separate lawsuit had been filed against them for trespassing Government House and the Criminal Court sentenced them to two years each in jail.

Therefore, the court dismissed the case against the six.

As for the three other defendants — Mr Chaiwat, Mr Amorn and Mr Therdphum — the court found them guilty of Section 215 of the Criminal Code.  However, the court suspended its ruling on the three for two years.

 

20 Jul 2017
9:12 pm

Sixty-two government and local officials and civilians were found guilty of human trafficking and sentenced to imprisonments ranging from 4 to 94 years in one of the most lengthy verdict reading session.

Key suspects in the human trafficking network involving Rohingya migrants were given heavy jail terms by the Criminal Court. These include Lt-Gen Manas Kongpaen, former special advisor to the Army and for ISOC head in the South, who was given 27 years; former mayor of Satun provincial administration organization Patjuban “Ko Tong” Aungchotepant was given 74 years; former Padang Besar mayor Banchong “Ko Jong” Pongphol received 78 years jail term and Zaw Niang Arnu received 94 years.

Forty defendants were acquitted due to lack of evidence against them. But 28 of them were detained by the order of the court pending an appeal by the prosecutor.

All the convicts were also ordered by the court to collectively pay 4.4 million baht in compensation to 58 victims.

The court convened at 8.30 am and spent more than 13 hours, with a few breaks in between, to read the verdicts for all the 103 defendants. The 104th defendant died during the trial and his case was dismissed.

Initially, the case was supposed to be tried by the Nathavee provincial court in Songkhla.  But because of the influence of some of the suspects and worldwide interest in the case, it was transferred to the jurisdiction of the Criminal Court’s human trafficking section in Bangkok.

The influence of some of the suspects forced the transfer of Pol Maj-Gen Paween Pongsiri, former deputy commissioner of Provincial Police Region 8 who headed the investigation of the case.  He later quit the police service and sought refuge in Australia claiming he was victim of intimidation.

 

20 Jul 2017
8:48 pm

The Civil Court today (July 20) ordered the seizure of the assets of former jet-setting monk Luang Pu Nen Kham, now Wirapol Sukphol, and other accomplices reasoning that these assets were derived from donations of the people.

The former monk and seven other accomplices were prosecuted in the Civil Court by the Department of Special Investigation of frauds with request to confiscate assets worth a combined value of 43 million baht under the anti-money laundering law.

The assets confiscated included:

  • A Porsche car worth 8.3 million baht
  • Two sedans
  • Two motorcycles
  • Ten bank passbooks
  • Real estates and land title deeds

At the hearing of the verdict today, the Civil Court agreed to the seizure of these assets with reason that the former monk had no other occupation to do to earn income rather than earning from donations from faithful people.

Besides, the court said the former monk and his accomplices could not explain where and how these assets were acquired from, therefore, it is believed that the assets were from laundering of the donations as earlier proved by the state attorney.

The court then ordered the confiscation of all the assets worth a combined value of 43 million baht.

20 Jul 2017
6:41 pm

The National Legislative Assembly on Thursday (July 20) unanimously voted in support of a bill to deal with suspects or defendants who jump bail.

In accordance with Section 4 of the bill, the court may appoint an individual to supervise, monitor and provide counselling to a suspect or a defendant who is released on bail by the court to prevent the defendant from jump bail.

In case a freed defendant or suspect jumps bail, Section 7 of the bill will allow for the granting of financial reward to anyone whose information leads police to the re-arrest of the escaping suspect or defendant. Also, the police who make the arrest will also be entitled to financial reward.

20 Jul 2017
4:37 pm

A policeman was killed and another seriously wounded early on Thursday when a police checkpoint in Narathiwat’s Bacho district was attacked with pipe bombs early on Thursday, police said.

Pol Capt Kawin Nitithamtrakul, chief of the Ton Sai checkpont on Phetkasem highway in Tambon Palukasamo of Bacho district, said the incident occurred at about five minutes before 1am when a number of militants came in the dark to an area behind the checkpoint.

At the time, 10 policemen were deployed around the checkpoint.

The militants, believed to be members of a southern insurgent group, hurled six bombs made of steel pipes, each weighing 700-800 grammes, at the checkpoint.

Two bombs landed on the roof of the checkpoint, but only one exploded. Pol Cpl Jakrapong Maneechai, 27, was killed, and Pol Cpl Somchok Patlik, 27, were seriously wounded in the explosion.

Two other bombs landed behind the checkpoint and one hit the roof of a house of local villagers nearby.  The explosions shattered the glass windshield of an Isuzu pick-up truck.

The sixth bomb landed outside the wall of the checkpoint, but did not explode.

Police were investigating the incident.

20 Jul 2017
10:51 am

A committee will be set up to investigate the director of Samsenwittayalai School in Bangkok for a serious breach of discipline for allegedly demanding 400,000 baht in “tea money” from a parent in exchange for enrolling his child to study in Mathayom Sueksa 1, said Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) secretary-general Karun Sakulpradit.

Mr Karun on July 19 revealed this after a meeting with Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin to consider a report from a fact-finding committee set up to investigate the allegation against Viroj Samruan, the school director.

The fact-finding committee has found there are grounds to believe that the accusation against Mr Viroj is true.

The alleged demand for the 400,000 baht “tea money”, as shown in a clip, occurred on April 19, which was during a period when the mobilisation of resources was prohibited. On that day, no receipt was issued. However, a receipt was issued retroactively on June 20.

Mr Karun said this was in breach of the Finance Ministry’s regulation.

Therefore, it was agreed at the meeting to set up a committee to conduct a disciplinary investigation against Mr Viroj.

Viroj Samruan

If found guilty, Mr Viroj would be subjected to disciplinary action, which could be a dismissal, Mr Karun said.

Pending the result of the investigation, Mr Viroj will be transferred elsewhere, which may be an office in the central administration.