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  1. 2-cat snack proves too much for Bangkok python By Jintamas Saksornchai, Staff Reporter PATHUM THANI — When your eyes are way too big for your stomach, sometimes everything comes back out the way it came in. That was the lesson learned Wednesday by a 3-meter python in northern metro Bangkok after it feasted on two felines. A captivating-yet-harrowing video of the over-ambitious meal ends with both cats vomited back out again in front of their owner. Full Story: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/crimecourtscalamity/calamity/2018/06/20/2-cat-snack-proves-too-much-for-bangkok-python-video/ -- © Copyright Khaosod English 2018-6-20
  2. Net idol Jessie Vard faces jail time for promoting gambling By Pravit Rojanaphruk, Senior Staff Writer Photo: Jessie Vard / Facebook BANGKOK — Net idol and model Jessie Vard faces up to a month in prison for allegedly encouraging World Cup gambling, police said Tuesday. Phaya Thai police said that Vard, 21, and four other promotional models, aka pretties, confessed to violating anti-gambling laws while maintaining they didn’t know it was illegal to promote gambling websites on social media. Full Story: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/featured/2018/06/19/net-idol-jessie-vard-faces-jail-time-for-promoting-gambling/ -- © Copyright Khaosod English 2018-6-19
  3. British tourist forced to apologise after being caught trying to pull insurance scam on Koh Samui A British tourist has been forced to apologise after being caught out in an insurance scam while holidaying in Koh Samui. Adesanya Olamide Omolaja, 35, had told police how he was robbed at knife point by three men who stole his backpack. Omolaja claimed the robbers escaped on motorbikes with his backpack, which he said contained an Apple MacBook. He then filed an official police report in order to try and claim on his insurance. However, after checking CCTV footage, police saw that when Omolaja had left his room in Bophut he did not have a backpack with him. He was also with a woman, which contradicted his claim that he had been alone during the time of robbery. Omolaja was then arrested on June 14 and admitted that his Apple MacBook had actually been lost back in London. Details of Omolaja’s arrest were posted on the Surat Thani immigration website. Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Omolaja said: “As you have seen from the video that was what happened to me the other day. I guess the lesson here is that when you come over to Thailand, just be straight up with the police. Don't lie.. again, I took bad advice and see where it landed me.'” “Again, I'm sorry to Thai people for my misconduct. And if you come to Thailand try not to get yourself into this kind of problem, as I did. Don't lie, just be honest with the police, because they will check, and you might get into a lot of trouble.'' -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2018-6-18
  4. Video: Put him in charge! Popular cop catches python with his bare hands. Thai social media widely shared a video and photographs that showed a popular Phitsanuloke police captain catching a three meter long python weighing 20 kilograms with his bare hands. Moments before the video began local man Dech Srisawat had rushed into the Nakhorn Chum police station shouting wildly that a huge snake was swallowing chickens he raises behind his house. Pol Capt Min Pansee calmly went along with another officer to show what the long arm of the law could accomplish. As the camera rolled the brave cop grabbed the head of the serpent and got it ready for a sack and removal from the area. No fuss, it was just all in a day's work for this cop who Sanook said is popular with both his superiors and the locals. A diligent and hard working officer that the locals trust, Captain Min has been put in charge of two sub-districts and is on call 24 hours a day. Not one to hog the limelight the captain played down his heroics saying that the snake was full after gobbling several chickens and was thus resting and no match for a quick pair of decisive hands. The story was widely shared across Thai social media after the event early Tuesday morning. Source: https://www.sanook.com/news/6878994/ -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2018-6-20
  5. Woman charged with tricking Laotian girl into prostitution By Piyanuch Thamnukasetchai The Nation A 37-year-old Hmong woman, wanted for luring a 16-year-old Laotian girl with a promise of a fried chicken shop’s worker job in Thailand but then taking her into forced prostitution at a karaoke bar in Chiang Rai’s Chiang Khong district, has been taken into custody. Maiv Pai Ntshua Nplaim, the subject of an arrest warrant issued by a criminal court on May 17, will appear in court to apply for her first 12-day detention period on Wednesday (June 20). She faces seven charges, including human trafficking by reaping benefits from prostitution of a girl under 18, procuring a minor under 18 into prostitution and illegal detention, Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Pol Colonel Paisit Wongmuang said on Tuesday. The investigation into the girl’s suffering stemmed from a tip-off from Nvader, a non-governmental organisation battling human trafficking, through the Interior Ministry’s Damrongtham Centre. Lured by a promise of a restaurant job, the girl travelled to Thailand by boat and was kept against her will at a Chiang Khong house. She was then taken to work at a karaoke bar providing sex services to customers. The girl was finally helped recently after managing to flee from the house and contacting her mother in Laos via Facebook. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30348128 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-6-19
  6. Vendors petition gov't to allow foreigners to work in shopfronts By Asaree Thaitrakulpanich, Staff Reporter Retail shop owners protest as they deliver a petition to officials Wednesday morning at the Labor Ministry. Photo: Korpong Tansuwan BANGKOK — Korpong Tansuwan has a clothing store to run. But he’s also got children to run back and forth from school and supplies to keep in stock. His sole Burmese employee is left to manage things alone during these errands – which is when undercover cops like to show up and cause trouble. Trouble that can end in paying a costly bribe. On Wednesday, Korpong was among 100-or-so shop owners who converged on the Labor Ministry to demand the law be changed because they can’t keep their stores open without illegally hiring foreign workers. Full Story: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/business/2018/06/20/1464822214/ -- © Copyright Khaosod English 2018-6-20
  7. Council slams police action against lawyer By KESINEE TAENGKHIAO THE NATION THE PRESIDENT of the Lawyers Council of Thailand, Thawal Ruyaporn, has slammed the police Crime Suppression Division (CSD) for forcing lawyer Sukit Phoonsrikasem to the ground and handcuffing him at Bangkok’s Phaholyothin Police Station on Tuesday afternoon. “That was an over-reaction, beyond the call of police duty, because Sukit was at the police precinct; he was not trying or obstruct police from arresting him,” Thawal told a press conference on Wednesday. Thawal said a fact-finding committee had been assigned to probe the incident – also caught in photos and video that has gone viral on social media – and present their findings to the council’s meeting on June 28 because Sukit was apprehended in an “inappropriate and excessively violent” manner while he was serving as a lawyer. Thawal said the council was deciding its next move to protect the profession and would leave it to the courts to decide whether police had “over-reacted” as alleged. Meanwhile, Sukit, who was later freed on bail and reportedly treated in a hospital for an injured hip and bruises, told The Nation that he would file a complaint against CSD commander Pol Maj-General Maitree Chimcherd, who is the supervisor of the 10 officers who had “over-reacted”. He said the injury was sustained due to the manner in which he was arrested and he was awaiting a medical certificate – expected in 2-3 days – to back up his claim. Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan, who is in charge of police affairs, said the police action was probably prompted by resistance from the lawyer. Prawit told reporters at Government House, “The police are doing their job. After being asked to go to the interrogation room nicely, he wouldn’t and resisted. If he had just walked, this wouldn’t have become an issue.” CSD deputy commander Pol Colonel Charoonkiat Pankaew, who was part of the arresting team, insisted that police had acted as per the Criminal Procedure Code and there was no over-reaction or use of weapons. He said the police action was appropriate in the situation due to the flight risk and the obstruction faced by officers. He said the council should not try to create a “negative norm”. He said Sukit was within his rights to sue the police. Sukit was at the precinct as the lawyer of a self-proclaimed spirit medium to file a defamation complaint against another person, when he was apprehended after reportedly refusing to go quietly with the CSD officers who served him with a warrant over forest encroachment in Tak and illegal possession of a protected wildlife carcass [a Kalij pheasant]. Amid the chaos, the 49-year-old medium, Saengsuriyathep Phramahasuriya, slipped out of the precinct without filing the complaint against Atchariya Ruangratanapong, a lawyer and chairman of the Facebook group for assisting crime victims. She later returned with a new lawyer to file the complaint. Saengsuriyathep had previously been hit by a complaint filed with the CSD on June 18 by Atchariya, along with Jatukam Ramathep amulet expert Thanat Chaiwachirasak and a Thai administrator of Facebook group “Bee F**kGhost”, which opposes superstition. The three men accused Saengsuriyathep of insulting the monarchy [by claiming to be a medium of past kings’ spirits] and promoting false information to the public – both accusations denied by her. She claimed that she only was a medium for Jatukam Ramathep and she didn’t make any false claims or demand money from those seeking her services. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30348232 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-6-20
  8. Red flag warnings as storms lash Thai south By Punsita Ritthikarn, Intern A resort in Krabi province was damaged Tuesday by large waves driven by a strong stormfront. BANGKOK — Swimmers and boats are warned to stay out of the water in the south of Thailand where powerful storms are producing rough sea conditions and flooding. Thunderstorms are driving strong winds of up to 30kph in both the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea, prompting red-flag warnings on beaches throughout the southern region. The capital will see only light showers. Full Story: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/featured/2018/06/20/red-flag-warnings-as-storms-lash-thai-south/ -- © Copyright Khaosod English 2018-6-20
  9. Video: Pattaya boat "orgy" - just the ticket for pot bellied Aussie voyeurs! More details have emerged of events leading to the arrest of a 49 year old Australian national. A video shown on the Rak Siam News page on Facebook showed what Stephen Allan Carpenter was offering for 3,000 baht to his sex tour customers on Facebook. A group of about a dozen men and some Thai women all have their mobile phones out recording the sex acts of what are believed to be two Thai women. North eastern dialects can be heard from the women writhing on the inner part of a ship believed to be cruising in waters off Pattaya. Also on the page is an advertisement for "AUSTHAI" Booze Cruise that mentions beers for 40 baht. The cruise - portrayed as an orgy in the Thai press - was offered to Australian customers. Mr Carpenter was arrested in a sting operation after pictures of a Thai woman's naked chest were shown on Facebook in December 2017 followed by the ad for the orgy at the end of that month. Police paid 19,000 baht in the sting as a half down payment for the cruise. Mr Carpenter was arrested in Muak Lek in Saraburi on a warrant for pimping. He has been brought back to Pattaya. He is also on overstay and suspected of involvement with others in the importation of cocaine to Australia in golf equipment. He is also charged with illegally running a tour business. Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1987290907970900&id=1906741406025851 -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2018-6-19
  10. Kevin Spacey, the comeback: new film given August release date By Telegraph Reporters Kevin Spacey at the 2017 Tony Awards CREDIT: INVISION/AP A new release date has been set for Billionaire Boys Club, Kevin Spacey's first film to hit cinemas since the actor was accused of committing sexual assault. Based on a real-life 1987 murder case, the film is set for release on online streaming platforms from July 17, and will have a limited cinema release from August 17. Since November, more than 30 men have said they were victims of unwanted sexual advances by Spacey. The first to step forward was Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp, who claimed Spacey attempted to "seduce" him at a party in the Eighties, when Rapp was 14 years old. Full Story: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/2018/06/19/kevin-spacey-comeback-new-film-given-august-release-date/
  11. First roll-out for new four-car BTSC trains at Turkish plant By The Nation The first roll-out ceremony for BTSC's 22 new four-car trains by Bangkok Mass Transit System and Siemens took place at the factory of the German firm’s partner Bozankaya in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Tuesday Guests of honour were Pol General Assavin Kwanmeung, Bangkok governor; Keeree Kanjanapas, chairman of Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTSC); Surapong Laoha-Unya, BTSC chief executive officer; management figures from Siemens, Bozankaya and Krungthep Thanakom, which is BTSC’s maintenance partner; members of the press from both Thailand and Turkey; and VIPs from the Turkish government. The roll-out of the first of 22 trains to be supplied by Siemens is part of a broader deal for a total of 46 new four-car trains, with the other 24 to be supplied by China’s Changchun Railway Vehicles. The Bt11-billion order will support the increasing ridership of the BTS Skytrain system on the Silom and Sukhumvit Lines, and extension of the network. The 22 new trains will feature the latest available technology, specially designed by Siemens in Germany and Austria. Major components are sourced from Turkish manufacturer Bozankaya, the project partner of Siemens. The German engineering giant is recognised for developing and manufacturing environmentally friendly systems in Europe. Furthermore, the Siemens train will enable BTS to transport more passengers, and includes energy-saving facilities in accordance with the Siemens standard. Following delivery and final commissioning, all new trains will be put into passenger service on the existing Sukhumvit and Silom Lines and on the 13-kilometre extension from Bearing to Samut Prakan, which is scheduled to open this December. The extension of the Green Line consists of nine stations that opened for public service from Bearing to Samrong last December, and a further eight – Pu Chao, Chang Erawan, Royal Thai Navy, Pak Nam, Srinagarindra, Phraek Sa, Sai Luat and Keha – that are scheduled to open at the end of this year. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/Corporate/30348139 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-6-19
  12. More arrests, more websites taken down as World Cup football betting crackdown continues More arrests were made and more websites offering football betting were shut down on Wednesday. In fact the only surprise was that star crime buster "Big Joke" Maj-Gen Surachet Hakpal was not leading the way. The honor this time went to his superior at national HQ Pol General Chalermkiat Sriwarakhan who said that two sites in Pathum Thani and Bangkok were the subject of search warrants warrants. A total of a dozen arrests of technicians and staff were arrested in the raids at Good Morning Apartment in Klong Luang 35 and Thanasree Condo in Jaransanitwong Soi 40. Lots of electrical equipment such as computers and routers was taken into evidence. Turn over on the sites raided amounted to 170 million baht. Sites hit included Sbobet88, Supergoal88 and Vip08 that are part of the same umbrella organisation, reported Thai Rath. Source: https://www.thairath.co.th/content/1313162 -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2018-6-20
  13. World Refugee Day 2018: Thirteen famous people you may not know were refugees Mila Kunis, Freddie Mercury and Rita Ora Thousands of families are forced to flee for their lives every day because of violence in their countries, according to the United Nations. On World Refugee Day, Sky News looks at some of the famous examples of refugees who have left their mark in the worlds of science, arts, politics and sport. Tap or click on the images below to reveal the story behind each personality. Full Story: https://news.sky.com/story/world-refugee-day-2018-thirteen-famous-people-you-may-not-know-were-refugees-11409567
  14. Vietnamese thieves and pickpockets blamed for damaging Thai tourism Thai Rath columnist Plueng Payak wrote about the arrest of two female Vietnamese slash thieves and pickpockets who were nabbed in operations led by crime buster "Big Joke" Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakpal. The columnist said that the Vietnamese were arrested in front of Yim Yim Place in Din Daeng. They were named as Ngian Tee Hoei, 56, and Lei Tee Tu Hian, 34. They targeted tourists at sites in Bangkok because visitors to Thailand were less likely to report theft and would go home before they could press charges. Hian did the stealing and Hoei did the fencing and provided accommodation to the gang. The names are likely to be false. Both women had been arrested before but simply went back home to Vietnam and changed their names and returned to continue their thieving ways. Pleung Payak said their actions were damaging for Thai tourism as the victims of such crime would post negative things about Thailand on social media and cause the country's image to be tarnished. Maj Gen Surachet has blamed gangs from several neighboring countries for preying on tourists in Thailand. Source: https://www.thairath.co.th/content/1310787 -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2018-6-19
  15. Motorcycle taxi guy stole gold from farang's Thai wife Pattaya Station chief Pol Col Apichai Krobpetch announced the latest arrests of a snatch thief and drug dealers at the resort on Friday. Pol Col Apichai said there were five men and one woman. They are the people in the motorcycle helmets in our picture. Star exhibit was 31 year old Hiran "A" Narksomboon a motorcycle taxi rider who swiped a half baht (about 10,000 baht value) gold necklace from the neck of a Thai woman called Wasana Kertnoi who is married to a foreigner. They were riding a bike at the time. Hiran was found to have previous for drugs and a warrant out for his arrest from the Pattaya court on drugs charges. The others arrested were all connected with "Ya Narok" said manager in a reference to Ya Ba. But for a change the Pol Col was not giving out any more details as this might prejudice the investigation. Source: https://mgronline.com/local/detail/9610000059511 -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2018-6-15
  16. Final suspect arrested in horrific case of gang-rape of drugged 8-year-old girl By The Nation The last fugitive in a heinous crime, in which an eight-year-old girl was lured from her home, force fed with methamphetamine pills and gang-raped by three men from the same neighbourhood, before they dumped her unconscious at a roadside spot in Chanthaburi’s Kaeng Hang Maeo district last December, has been taken into police custody. Suspect Jeerasak Sukkhe, 23, was arrested at 4pm on Monday in front of a Chanthaburi hospital. Jeerasak was accused of the crime, which took place on December 18, when he and two others – Chatree Hanchana and Surachet Jomkhamsing – had allegedly lured the girl with the promise of taking her to visit an attraction. However, they instead took the eight-year-old to Chatree’s house, where they allegedly force fed her with meth pills and raped her until she passed out, before leaving her in an unconscious state by the roadside in Kaeng Hang Maeo district. Police had previously arrested Chatree and Surachet, but capturing Jeerasak proved elusive until he was apprehended on Monday. While admitting to having been at Chatree’s house on the day of the crime, he claimed he had not raped the girl because the other two had contacted him by phone after the rape session, seeking his help in disposing of the unconscious youngster somewhere, police said. However, police did not believe his story and filed charges as per the Chanthaburi Court-issued warrant issued against him: conspiring with others to rape a girl under 13 and conspiring with others to molest a girl under 15 by using threat and force as the girl was in no state to defend herself; and conspiring to take away a girl under 15 for lewd acts. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30348125 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-6-19
  17. Krabi officials continue crackdown on illegal hotels and tour operators on Koh Phi Phi By Kritsada Mueanhawong The crackdowns continue on Koh Phi Phi as Krabi officials focus on the popular tourist magnet island. Yesterday (June 7) further inspections on Koh Phi Phi Don uncovered plenty more illegal hotels as well as illegal diving operations. One hotel, still under construction, was found on land with more than a 35 degrees slope this week. The hotel owner was invited to present land documents to land officers. Officials suspect the project is being constructed on encroached reserve forest. Other seven hotels were found adapting non-compliant buildings and operating them as illegal hotels with guests not being reported to Immigration within 24 hours of checking in. Full Story: https://thethaiger.com/news/krabi-officials-continue-crackdown-on-illegal-hotels-and-tour-operators-on-koh-phi-phi -- © Copyright The Thaiger 2018-6-8
  18. Death penalty for child rape cases in Myanmar voted down The Myanmar Lower House has voted down a proposal for the death penalty to be imposed in child rape cases, The Irrawaddy News Online reported on Tuesday. The proposal was made by Rathedaung township lawmaker Daw Khin Saw Wei who urged to government to impose the capital punishment for child rapists to serve as a deterrent to potential perpetrators. The issue was debated in the Lower House on Monday. U Myo Tint, a Supreme Court judge, argued that the death penalty may increase the risk of the victim being killed by the rapist. Full Story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/death-penalty-child-rape-cases-myanmar-voted-2/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2018-6-20
  19. Man Found Hung in Nong Pa Khrang by CityNews CityNews – A man has hung himself in a Chiang Mai apartment. On June 19th, police were informed of a body found at a residence in Nong Pa Khrang. Full Story: http://www.chiangmaicitylife.com/news/man-found-hung-nong-pa-khrang/ -- © Copyright Chiang City News 2018-6-20
  20. Shinawatra siblings ‘should be ashamed’, says Prayut By The Nation Thaksin and Yingluck in Tokyo last week. Former government leaders Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra should feel ashamed for appearing in public even though they are lawbreakers, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Tuesday. Prayut said he did not feel embarrassed after Thaksin and Yingluck travelled to Japan and stayed there for a few days last week. He said that authorities had taken all the legal measures regarding the siblings. The Shinawatras are both wanted by Thai authorities for separate alleged wrongdoings. They have lived in self-exile overseas after fleeing the country – Thaksin in 2008 and Yingluck last year. They have appeared together in several Asian countries over recent months. “We cannot enforce our country’s laws overseas. If foreign countries do not send them back [for prosecution in Thailand], that’s it. Do you get it?” Prayut told reporters at Government House on Tuesday. “I don’t have any feeling about them. They should have been ashamed. They broke the law and they still dare to go out,” the prime minister said. When serving as the Army chief, Prayut led a coup in May 2014 that overthrew a government led by Yingluck’s caretaker successor. Yingluck had been removed from the PM’s seat a few months earlier by a court order after she was found to be guilty of abusing her power by moving the National Security Council secretary-general at that time. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30342372 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-4-3
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    Council slams police action against lawyer By KESINEE TAENGKHIAO THE NATION THE PRESIDENT of the Lawyers Council of Thailand, Thawal Ruyaporn, has slammed the police Crime Suppression Division (CSD) for forcing lawyer Sukit Phoonsrikasem to the ground and handcuffing him at Bangkok’s Phaholyothin Police Station on Tuesday afternoon. Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1044051-council-slams-police-action-against-lawyer/
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    Thailand Live Wednesday 20 Jun 2018

    Red flag warnings as storms lash Thai south By Punsita Ritthikarn, Intern A resort in Krabi province was damaged Tuesday by large waves driven by a strong stormfront. BANGKOK — Swimmers and boats are warned to stay out of the water in the south of Thailand where powerful storms are producing rough sea conditions and flooding. Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1044047-red-flag-warnings-as-storms-lash-thai-south/
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    Thailand Live Wednesday 20 Jun 2018

    Video: Put him in charge! Popular cop catches python with his bare hands. Thai social media widely shared a video and photographs that showed a popular Phitsanuloke police captain catching a three meter long python weighing 20 kilograms with his bare hands. Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1044041-video-put-him-in-charge-popular-cop-catches-python-with-his-bare-hands/
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    Thailand Live Wednesday 20 Jun 2018

    2-cat snack proves too much for Bangkok python By Jintamas Saksornchai, Staff Reporter PATHUM THANI — When your eyes are way too big for your stomach, sometimes everything comes back out the way it came in. Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1044040-2-cat-snack-proves-too-much-for-bangkok-python/
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    Thailand Live Wednesday 20 Jun 2018

    More arrests, more websites taken down as World Cup football betting crackdown continues More arrests were made and more websites offering football betting were shut down on Wednesday. Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1044032-more-arrests-more-websites-taken-down-as-world-cup-football-betting-crackdown-continues/