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  1. Finally they have been tried and convicted but I join with other posters in doubting they will ever serve any part of their sentences. The appeals will go on for another few years and they will surely be given bail and be permitted to slip out of the country to join all the other Thai crooks. The husband was a politician from one of the SME parties and she was a minister with the sleazy Puea Paendin Party (another fugitive from justice Wattana Asavahame was party chairman). Juthamas was also in charge of investment and budgeting and such like at TAT before she became its governor. I would guess they have more than the B62m stashed away that they could live off in exile. While I welcome the conviction and sentencing of these common thieves, I feel that less prolonged judicial process with less severe sentences but greater certainty that the guilty will spend time in prison would have a far greater deterrent effect. Perhaps a good start would be no bail for government officials charged with corruption. They are all obvious flight risks and can always get out quicker by deducting time served on remand from their sentences. At least Thais on bail for serious offences should be denied passports. I wonder if the US will pursue its extradition request now. That must reduce the list of countries they can hang out in. The US was also after the daughter's bank account in Jersey. Which government would have priority, if the funds are released?
  2. Wild dogs in Africa also kill their prey slowly, since they usually go after bigger animals like kudu and antelope that they can't bring down in one go. The pack goes after one of the weaker looking animals in the herd chases it for a mile or two biting chunks out of it as they run until the poor thing collapses with exhaustion and loss of blood and they finish it off, more concerned about eating it than killing it swiftly, unlike lions that like to kill their prey quickly by gouging out their throats. Wild dogs' prey may be disembowelled before death. Although the old lady wouldn't have been able to run from the dogs, the dog pack's traditional style of killing would still have taken some time and been agonising.
  3. I remember a woman was mauled to death by a pair of dogs that were pitbull mixed with Thai Bangkaew. Admittedly she provoked the dogs by trying to take away their bone but cross breeding those two breeds is not likely to produce a docile mutt.
  4. I sincerely hope a tough talking military government is not going to give in to this pathetic whinge.
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  6. This amendment has been proposed for over 10 years and is only now seeing the light of day. It seems generally a good idea. A very high proportion of traffic injuries and fatalities must be due to young motorcyclists driving without valid licences or helmets and under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both. I think it doesn't go quite far enough. 25 would be a better age limit, as most people's propensity towards dangerous driving behaviour has significantly reduced by then and they are also more skilled at controlling their vehicles. If foreigners are caught up in this, then so be it, if it makes roads a tiny bit safer. They just need to be a little more careful not to get over the limit until they get a 5-year licence. To be safe, it is better not to drink and drive at all. Even though police will still accept bribes to let drunk drivers drive on, the threat of being hassled and shaken down for cash is still a reasonable deterrent for most Thai drivers and you never know when you are going to be out of luck and hit a "no bribes" day.
  7. Need to look at the wording of the amendment but Thailand doesn't have 'learners licences', so the temporary licence must refer to the first licences you get when you pass your test, or when you show a foreign licence, before you are eligible for the 5-year licence. I think this is pretty clear but the situation of foreigners who are driving on an international licence may be less clear. However, due to the fact that Thailand only ever ratified the 1949 convention on international driving permits but not the current 1968 convention, international driving licences are only valid in Thailand for 3 months from the date of issue, whatever it says on the licence. That probably puts a good proportion of foreign tourists into the driving without a valid licence category.
  8. More likely to be hiding in plain sight. No need to worry about extradition treaties, since he is not wanted for any crime in Thailand.
  9. Correct and killing a policeman through reckless driving is an offence in most countries which would permit extradition. But they can't do this because the police have refused to file any charges against him for reasons better known to their bank managers. No one is being paid a monthly retainer by a beverage company but some senior police may have erroneously declared such stipends in their assets declarations.
  10. Even convicted criminals who have fled their prison sentences are allowed Thai passports, if they pay enough. In his case, he hasn't been charged with a crime and is probably free to come to Thailand and go as he pleases.
  11. No charges have been filed against him and the last legal move was just to ask him to report to police which his lawyer rebuffed by saying he had come down with a head cold in Singapore. Police, prosecutors and others will keep coming back to the well for more pay-offs to avoid pressing any charges until the statute of limitations is up. The victim's family sold out dirt cheap for only B100k but no doubt red bull drives a tough bargain and they were put under pressure by senior police who were getting a lot more than that.
  12. I am not a fan of Voice TV or the money grubbing Shinawatra clan but it is worth pointing out that Khaosod, which is often quoted as a source by TV, reported that the report that led to the suspension was about the17 your old Lahu boy shot and killed by a soldier for allegedly pulling out a knife and a grenade in order to single handed attack a squad of heavily armed soldiers at a well known checkpoint.
  13. Shouldn't the ministry be offering the same advice to Thais who remain at home in their own developing country?
  14. The Land Code is not specific on the rights of lessees binding on successive owners. On the face of it a lease is between two specified parties and could be deemed as non-binding on successive owners, or they could just claim the lessee was in violation. Once you have been evicted and your beautiful house has been bulldozed, you can feel free to spend many years pursuing a civil claim through the Thai courts. This is not like lease law in a developed country like the UK, where lease law is very clearly defined in statutory and case law and you even have a statutory right to renew long-term residential leases on reasonable terms. Thais don't normally rent land to build houses on, so there has been no need to develop this type of law to protect them. Condos are another matter but hardly any of the condos built on leased land are 30 years old yet. Foreigners using a lease to build a house are using a legal mechanism that was designed for the leasing of farm land or land for commercial use which doesn't normally involve the investment of an individual's life savings and come to expiration in advanced old age.