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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (11 September 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (11 September 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

– 6 cops fired for destroying evidence after shootout
Six police officers accused of having destroyed evidence after attending the same party where  a colleague was shot dead and another injured, have been removed from the police force according to Thai meida.  The Wednesday night shooting is said to have resulted from a local bigwig’s disappointment that the two refused to promise and side move his nephew, also a police officer.  He left them, his henchman shot them and fled.  With the disgruntled local leadsman now in custody, the gunman having died during a shootout with police elsewhere and the gun used recovered, despite it having been hidden, the issue now is the removal of all CCTV recordings and all evidence from the scene by the now disposed of local policemen.   With THailand’s Deputy National Police Chief, Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn leading the investigation, it’s likely to be resolved quickly as, with his record of recent years in seeing cases through to completion, he, as we stated last week, is considered a prime candidate for the National Police Chief position.  25 other police officers who also attended the party are being questioned along with a relative of the gunman who admitted burying the weapon , later leading investigators to find it.

– Animal vet likely to become new government spokesman 
James Herrior said that it shouldn’t happen to a vet, well let’s hope that’s NOT the case as 64 yr old animal vet Chai Watcharong is likely to be appointed as  the new government spokesperson. That appointment is expected Wednesday, and comes as others predict that the daughter of Thaksin Shinowat, who previously acknowledged her lack of political experience, may will be… a candidate for the leadership of the Pheu Thai Party when the party meets in a General Assembly next month.

– ‘I was just trying to impress her’ says golden gunman
On Phuket, a Russian woman reported her 37 yr old Thai evening date to police claiming that he held her at gunpoint.  Police indeed discovered the golden weapon,  and he was arrested.  He claims he only took his weapon out of impress her, she says he flashed it menacingly and demanded that he stay with her.  That will take some sorting out for the local courts.

– Thai Smile airways slowly winds down services
Thai Smile, the budget airline subsidiary of Thai airways is to be absorbed back into the main airline fold, seeing the name disappear and its internal flight routes continued by the main airline brand. In all, Thai smile has over 30 routes in operation.Those, we are told, will all continue in service.

– Thailand eyes Visa-free policy for Chinese tourists
A TEMPORARY visa free policy for Chinese tourists, seen as an olive branch for tour operators in China who are now seeing many other asian nations welcoming their tourists without visa delays, is to be discussed in a cabinet meeting this week.  Amid voiced concerns df those opposed, others see the removal of an elongated process to apply for a visa as a real plus for tourism in Thailand.  If approved it would likely expire by the end of march next year after the high season.

– Fatal crane collapse in Bangkok
The weekend saw a construction worker lose HIS life on Bangkok’s Sukhumvit 23 where a crane collapsed above him at a construction site. As the man carried out power cable inspections the crane beam fell on him. A full investigation is being carried out at the temporarily closed dbuilding site to determine how or why the crane tumbled.

– Anutin meets with provincial governors 
Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Anutin met with provincial governors to outline the future management and governance together with what HE expects from all in the high position,  keen to see them promoting the planned 10K baht digital wallet policy, Anutin made it abundantly clear that corruption will not be tolerated, this as he has already been made aware of plans by some gangsters to offer 3K cash for the 10K voucher scheme. Driving all to work with integrity and fairness he also told them when he visits, he doesn’t want to be feted or seen as a dignitary to be welcomed by large groups but to be received as any other ordinary visitor.

– 4 Thais arrested in boiler room scam 
Cambodian police have, at the behest of Thai authorities, raided a boiler room operation there, arresting 4 Thais involved in a scam that put a Thai woman in millions of baht’s worth of debt, and her husband taking her life and that of his children as they faced home repossession.  They will, along with 8 arrested here, face charges of fraud, computer crimes and demanding money with menaces.

– Floating Market Pattaya to reopen tomorrow
Meanwhile at home and good news as the floating market will REOPEN tomorrow, Tuesday.  A massive cleanup and safety inspection is underway that will see 70% of the market return to normal trade with the areas damaged by fire planned for speedy renovation.  As the owner struggles to come to terms with the intense fire that burned over a quarter of the complex, they promise to fully reimburse the small traders who lost their businesses and stock in the blaze.   Estimated cost of repair?  70 Million.   Traditional wooden buildings with thatched roofs were easy putty for the flames that are said to have started in a restroom facility after closing time.

– Pattaya condo development scammer arrested 
And a 46 yr old Thai lady, previously feted by the real estate world has been arrested in the capital before being shipped back here. With 12 warrants issued for her she is accused of heading up a development scam, selling off plan condos in the Pratumnak area. Many name the company failure on the effects of the covid era but as the CEO she is charged with desertion, providing fake information and involvement in multiple investment scams that promised a huge return on investment, in monthly payments which were never made. Claiming to be operating in Jomtien, Hua Hin and Cha Am, the company was awarded several design awards.  Estimated losses for so-called investors run into the hundreds of millions of baht.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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