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Fugitive Chiang Mai karaoke bar owner caught in Bangkok.

An elder brother of a former Surin MP was arrested in Bangkok on Friday for allegedly conspiring to lure underage girls into prostitution at his karaoke bars in Chiang Mai.

- BangkokPost - TH

Roses, tears as Thai ex-PM enters final stage of case.

Toppled Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra was mobbed today by well-wishers, many bearing red roses, as she arrived for what could be the final hearing in a trial for criminal negligence that carries a 10-year jail term.

- Times Of India - IN

Petronas delivers first LNG cargo to Thailand.

KUALA LUMPUR, July 21 — Petroliam Nasional Bhd has delivered its first liquefied natural gas cargo to Thailand under a long-term Sale and Purchase Agreement signed between its subsidiary, Petronas LNG Ltd , and PTT...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Thailand: Disgraced 'jet-setting' ex-monk charged with rape, cheating.

A COURT in Thailand on Thursday charged a disgraced former Buddhist monk on charges of raping an underage girl, fraud and money laundering following his extradition from the US. The post Thailand: Disgraced 'jet-setting' ex-monk charged with rape, cheating appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

- Asian Correspondent - HK

NGO used state-of-the-art tech to take down Thai general.

A THAI non-governmental organisation combating human slavery said it relied on state-of-the-art technology to gather evidence that aided the conviction of an army general in the what has been described as the country's biggest human trafficking case. The post NGO used state-of-the-art tech to take down Thai general appeared ...

- Asian Correspondent - HK

Thailand withdraws from race to host Asian Cup in 2023.

THAILAND have followed Indonesia in withdrawing their bid to host the Asian Cup in 2023, the Asian Football Confederation has confirmed. The post Thailand withdraws from race to host Asian Cup in 2023 appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

- Asian Correspondent - HK

Thai Academics to Be Summoned by Military for Raising 'Anti-Junta Placards' at an International Conference.

The Thai Academic Network for Civil Rights reminded authorities that the country's constitution does not forbid people from holding up placards.

- Global Voices - US

Phuket villa and a $1m Lamborghini: how 'genius' dark net mogul was undone by his own mistake.

Alexandre Cazes had 'no history, no judicial record' — he never even smoked a cigarette. But the IT whiz kid founded one of the biggest networks of illegal drugs and weapons on the dark web.

- ABC News - AU

Supporters turn out for former Thai PM Yingluck as her trial nears end.

Hundreds of supporters cheered as Thailand’s former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday arrived for the final hearing in her trial on charges she was negligent in overseeing a rice subsidy scheme which wasted billions of dollars. Yingluck, overthrown in a 2014 military coup, faces up to 10 years jail if found ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Honda opens automobile, motorcycle proving ground in Thailand.

Honda Motor Co. opened a proving ground for automobiles and motorcycles in eastern Thailand on Thursday.The testing location in Prachinburi province is Honda's first facility ...

- The Japan Times - JP

After alleged AlphaBay kingpin found dead in Thai jail, authorities announce huge dark web takedown.

By Nick Whigham To the outside world, Alexandre Cazes was living the perfect life full of luxury cars and plenty of cash. That is, until he was found dead in a Bangkok prison cell.The 25-year-old Canadian was living in a villa...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Cheers for former Thai PM Yingluck as her trial enters last hearing day

BANGKOK - Hundreds of supporters cheered as Thailand's former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday arrived for the final hearing in her trial on charges she was negligent in overseeing a rice subsidy scheme which wasted billions of dollars.

- Reuters - US

Can Chiang Mai Avoid the Environmental Costs of Development?

An uncompromising push for development has come at heavy price.

- The Diplomat - US

Why Thailand's Big Trafficking Trial Is Just a Small Victory

Though recent convictions indicate that progress can be made, the struggle for the Southeast Asian state is a long one.

- The Diplomat - US

Lavish life of dead Canadian multimillionaire — and accused cybercriminal — revealed

Alexandre Cazes owned vacation homes in Antigua, Cyprus and Phuket. A document listed his net worth at US$23M, including a Lamborghini Aventador and Porsche Panamera

- National Post - CA

Fast Asia Open: Japan department store sales, Thailand foreign reserves

- Financial Times - US

Thailand withdraws from AFC Asian Cup bidding

KUALA LUMPUR, July 21 — Thailand has followed the steps of Indonesia and confirmed its withdrawal from the ongoing bidding process for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, the Asian Football Confederation said in a statement today, leaving China and...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Roses, tears as Thai ex-PM Yingluck enters final stage of case

BANGKOK, July 21 — Toppled Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra was mobbed this morning by well-wishers, many bearing red roses, as she arrived for what could be the final hearing in a trial for criminal negligence that carries a 10-year jail term....

- The Malay Mail - MY

Two more carriers get certificates back

The re-issuance yesterday of air operator's certificates to two more Thai-registered airlines indicates that nearly all of Thailand's carriers meet stringent global standards, observers say.

- BangkokPost - TH

Paween rules out Thai return

The former lead investigator into the Rohingya smuggling case who fled the country after claiming he had received death threats is looking to remain in Australia and is seeking to acquire citizenship, one of his friends says.

- BangkokPost - TH

Criminal’s online market network targeted by US after founder dies in Thai jail cell

The US government sued to seize luxury cars, international real estate and bitcoins owned by the alleged mastermind of AlphaBay, the biggest criminal marketplace on the dark web, just days after he reportedly hanged himself in his jail cell in Thailand. AlphaBay was allegedly created in 2014 by Alexandre Cazes, a ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Thailand 'Red Shirts' leader sentenced to prison

A leader of Thailand's "Red Shirts" movement has been sentenced to prison for defamation.

- UPI - US

Feds shut down billion-dollar drug trafficking 'dark' site

Federal authorities said AlphaBay, one of the largest "dark net" websites used to sell illegal drugs, was shut down and its founder was arrested in Thailand.

- UPI - US

Extradited Thai monk accused of sex with minor

A former Buddhist monk who fled Thailand following allegations he had sex with an under-aged girl has been charged with child sex offenses.

- UPI - US

Leader of Thailand's 'Red Shirts' Movement Jailed for Defamation

A leading supporter of former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra will spend the next year in jail for defaming another former prime minister. The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Jatuporn Prompan was guilty of calling then-Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva a murderer in a 2010 speech delivered during street protests in ...

- Voice of America - US

61 Thai officials jailed for trafficking Rohingya Muslims, Bangladeshis

, July 20 : In Thailand's largest human trafficking case, the Bangkok Criminal Court has convicted and sentenced a very high-profile former three-star general and 61 other defendants, including ex-officials for trafficking Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar and Bangladeshis as part of a crime syndicate after receiving kickbacks ...

- Sify - IN

British actor Paul Nicholls stranded for 3 days after fall in Thailand

Paul Nicholls, a British actor who starred in the EastEnders soap opera, was stranded for three days on a Thai island after he fell down a waterfall and broke his kneecap, a rescuer said Thursday.

- FOX News - US

Thailand convicts 62 in trafficking case, after more than 30 bodies — believed to be Rohingya — were found

More needs to be done to ensure that human traffickers are brought to justice and Rohingya migrants are protected, rights groups said Thursday, after a ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Vietnam is in, France is so not, as 200 million Chinese tourists prepare to hit the road by 2020

Chinese tourists are expected to make 200 million outbound trips in 2020, a 48 per cent increase from last year’s 135 million, led by Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea and Japan as the most-visited destinations, according to a Thursday report by CLSA. Vietnam is poised to become more popular than its former colonial ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Late King honoured on new banknotes

The Bank of Thailand has unveiled a new set of banknotes in all available denominations in remembrance of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

- BangkokPost - TH

Thai court charges disgraced 'jet-set monk' with rape

Monk made headlines in 2013 when footage emerged of him on a private jet wearing sunglasses and wielding designer bags The post Thai court charges disgraced 'jet-set monk' with rape appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

Actor stranded 3 days after falling off Thai waterfall

Paul Nicholls, star of iconic British soap opera EastEnders, spent days awaiting rescue on resort island of Koh Samui

- CBS NEWS - US

Thai court charges disgraced 'jet-set monk' with rape

Bangkok, Thailand, Jul 20 - A Thai court charged a disgraced former monk Thursday with the rape of an underage girl, fraud and money laundering, after he was extradited from the United States. Thailand is an overwhelmingly Buddhist nation with around 300,000 men in orange robes, but the clergy are beset by high-profile ...

- CapitalFM Kenya - KE

Jet-setting former Thai monk's assets seized for fraud

A Thai court has seized assets totaling around R15 million from a former Buddhist monk who grabbed headlines worldwide with his high flying lifestyle.

- IOL - ZA

Thailand should leave 'no stone unturned' after 62 found guilty of trafficking

MORE needs to be done to ensure that human traffickers are brought to justice and Rohingya migrants are protected, rights groups said on Thursday, after a trial in which 62 people were convicted of crimes including trafficking and murder. The post Thailand should leave 'no stone unturned' after 62 found guilty of ...

- Asian Correspondent - HK

Thai 'Red Shirt' leader jailed for defamation ahead of polls

BANGKOK, July 20 — A leader of Thailand's 'Red Shirt' movement was jailed today for defaming an ex-prime minister, sidelining a key voice of dissent against the ruling junta ahead of polls expected in 2018. Thailand's Supreme Court...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Thai 'Red Shirt' leader jailed for defamation.

Thailand's Supreme Court sentenced Jatuporn Prompan over a 2009 speech accusing then-PM Abhisit Vejjajiva of being a "tyrant" and ordering the military to shoot at protesters in clashes that year. He is "sentenced to one year in prison without suspension", Jatuporn's team confirmed on his Facebook page.

- Times Of India - IN

Who is Wirapol Sukphol? Extradited Thai monk known for lavish lifestyle faces rape and fraud charges

The former Buddhist monk has been accused of having sex with an under-aged girl.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Thai opposition 'red shirt' leader jailed for defaming former PM

BANGKOK - Thailand's Supreme Court jailed a firebrand opposition leader for a year on Thursday for defaming a former prime minister, overturning two previous court rulings, in 2012 and 2014, that dismissed the charge against him.

- Reuters - US

Thai court convicts dozens in large human-trafficking trial

A Thai court on Wednesday found dozens of people guilty in the country's largest human-trafficking trial, including a high-ranking officer, Lt. Gen. Manas Kongpan.

- CNN Top Stories - US

US Extradites Defrocked Thai Monk to Face Criminal Charges

A former Thai Buddhist monk facing numerous criminal charges, including sexual relations with an underage girl, has been extradited from the United States. Wirapon Sukphon was arrested late Wednesday night after arriving at Bangkok's international airport after a flight from the U.S. Sukphon first raised eyebrows in 2013 ...

- Voice of America - US

'Jet-set monk' is back in Thailand after extradition from US

A former Buddhist monk wanted on charges including child molestation and fraud is back in Thailand after being extradited from the United States, where he fled in 2013.

- FOX News - US

Army general among Thais convicted in Rohingya mass graves case

A Thai court has found dozens of people guilty in the country's biggest ever human trafficking case, which began in 2015 after the discovery of 30 mass graves. The dead bodies are believed to be of Roghingya migrants.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Pheu Thai seeks court ruling on organic law on politicians

The Pheu Thai Party has asked Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for a Constitutional Court ruling on an organic law that will allow the trial of politicians in absentia, including party founder and fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra.

- BangkokPost - TH

Dozens found guilty in biggest human trafficking trial in Thai history

An army general, two politicians, and police officers are among the 62 people found guilty of smuggling and trafficking migrants on the Thai-Malaysia border, in the biggest human trafficking trial in Thailand's history.

- ABC News - AU

Thai general exposed by SCMP sentenced to 27 years in prison for human-trafficking

A Thai army general was one of dozens of people convicted in a major human-trafficking trial that included 103 defendants accused of involvement in a modern-day slavery trade. Lieutenant General Manus Kongpan was convicted of several offences on Wednesday involving trafficking and taking bribes in the case involving ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Disgraced former Buddhist monk charged with raping underage girl

A Thai court charged a disgraced former monk on Thursday with the rape of an underage girl, fraud and money laundering, after he was extradited from the US. Thailand is an overwhelmingly Buddhist nation with around 300,000 men in orange robes, but the clergy are beset by high-profile scandals. Wiraphon Sukphon, 37, was ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Thai general, police and officials jailed for trafficking Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants

A Thai general, police officers and local politicians were among dozens jailed for human trafficking on Wednesday, many handed decades-long sentences, at a mass trial ...

- The Japan Times - JP

'Jet-Set' Monk Faces Child Sex Charges in Thailand After Being Extradited From the U.S.

The case is one of several morality scandals to shake the reputation of Thailand's Buddhist order

- TIME Magazine - US

Former Thai general sentenced to 27 years in prison in country's biggest human trafficking case

Manas Kongpan was accused of smuggling Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims across the Thai-Malaysia border.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

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