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Thailand Live Tuesday 18 December 2012

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Australian arrested in Thailand charged with multi million dollar tax avoidance scheme

By Staff Reporter

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HUA HIN: -- After twelve years of waiting for his day to come, alleged Australian tax fraudster, 53 year old Gregory John Dunn was arrested at his Hua Hin home, in Thailand, at the request of the Australian government this week, and is expected to face deportation to answer charges regarding his involvement in a tax evasion scheme, reported to involve up to 57 Million Dollars (au) ,offshore accounts, Swiss banks and serious fraud.

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ANALYSIS

Referendum: a vote Democrats are happy to shun

Opas Boonlom, Jintana Panyaarvudh

The Nation

BANGKOK: -- It remains unclear how the Democrat Party will campaign after its latest call for the public to "abort" a planned national referendum on changing the Constitution - but the easy way to obstruct the process might be to urge voters not to vote. However, that entails legal risks.

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CHARTER AMENDMENT

Call to 'abort' constitution changes spurs debate, warning

The Nation

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EC commissioner warns it's illegal to tell people not to vote in referendum

BANGKOK: -- Opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva's call for eligible voters to "abort" a planned national referendum on amending the constitution sparked a widespread debate yesterday.

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NEW RULE

Ivory traders must register by January

The Nation

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BANGKOK: -- All businesses involved in the trade or production of ivory items must register by next month, the government says.

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THAI-MYANMAR TIES

Countries want Japan in Dawei port project

Piyanart Srivalo

The Nation/Eleven Media Group

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Myanmar President Thein Sein, far right, shows Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra a relevant part of a model on the Dawei deepsea port development during her visit to Myanmar yesterday.

TANINTHAYI: -- Thailand and Myanmar yesterday proposed involving a third party - possibly Japan - in joint development of the Dawei Special Economic Zone, construction of which Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said was due to start in the first quarter of next year.

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SOUTH CRISIS

Letter from Yala

Don Pathan

The Nation

YALA: -- It was a mixture of curiosity, appreciation and entertainment, all lumped into one, and the result was a glimpse of hope amid this trying time for the residents of Thailand's southernmost provinces.

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STREETWISE

Short-sighted car policy adds to traffic woes

Achara Deboonme

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BANGKOK: -- Having lived in Bangkok for over 20 years, I share the view of most Bangkokians that the city's traffic is getting worse. Twenty years ago, I spent 45 minutes getting from Bang Na to Phetchaburi Road by bus. Now, even in a taxi, it can take more than an hour. By train, travelling time is shortened to half an hour. Yes, most Bangkokians see the need for more electric train lines, particularly as new cars keep hitting the road when many old cars are not yet expired.

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BURNING ISSUE

Pheu Thai wary of another defeat in capital

Avudh Panananda

The Nation

BANGKOK: -- Fear of defeat might be a plausible explanation as to why the Pheu Thai Party has yet to name its candidate for Bangkok governor, though the party's bigwigs are talking as if they've already snatched the job from incumbent Democrat Sukhumbhand Paribatra.

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Chalerm, police chief skip NHRC hearing again

Chanikarn Phumhiran

The Nation

BANGKOK: -- Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung and the national police chief failed to show up to testify to the National Human Rights Commission yesterday on the government's imposition of the Internal Security Act to control an anti-government rally last month.

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Angry families storm human rights day celebration

Chanikarn Phumhiran,

Kesinee Taengkhiao

The Nation

BANGKOK: -- Relatives of protesters killed during the 2010 bloodshed yesterday disrupted a Human Rights Day event of the National Human Rights Commission by storming into its office.

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BMA to install 20,000 cameras

The Nation

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BANGKOK: -- The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will install 20,000 more security cameras next year, doubling the number of closed-circuit cameras now in use across the city, BMA spokesman Wasan Meewong said yesterday.

The first batch of 1,600 cameras will be installed in 300 areas where illegal drugs are a problem.

The Traffic and Transportation Department and Department of Drainage and Sewerage also were working on adjusting 1,098 water-drainage lids on bicycle lanes, he added.

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-- The Nation 2012-12-18

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