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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (13 March 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
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– Thai election authorities seeks to dissolve poll-winning party
According to Thai media, the election commission has asked the constitutional court to dissolve the main political party in Thailand, which won the last election.  Move forward, according to their brief, has or had a policy, among others,  which flaunts the serious laws regarding the constitution.  With the courts having found that the party MUST desist from attempting to discuss or amend those laws, it found that their planned policy was an attempt to divide and separate, and refers to section 112, which will not be discussed here or in our social media due to possible misunderstandings and their implications.  The party won the 2023 election but, due to parliamentary laws, which will soon be removed, was unable to form a government as approval was required, then but not in the future, by the appointed senate.   In the event that the party were to be closed down, it has been a tradition in Thailand for new ones to appear on the scene with similar leadership. According to the EC’s interpretation of the court verdict, Move Forward party, as a whole, was found to be guilty of violating Article 92 (1) of the Political Party Act of 2017.  And it is on that basis that they call for an order for its dissolution, together with a ban on its leadership contesting future elections.  BUT.. and it’s a big but.. other experts contend that the court ruling DID NOT in any way order dissolution but only that the party desists from further attempts to amend the article in question.

– American under investigation for causing horses to miscarriage 
Phuket police investigating the case of a 19 year old of American parentage physically assaulting a horse, which subsequently miscarried, the horse owner has confirmed that the accused lives close by with his father AND that other similar miscarriages have occurred in the past.  Police were yesterday holding the accused in custody and questioning his father too.

– Taxation on profit from digital assets to be limited to 15% of profit
Thailand’s Cabinet has signed off on a draft royal decree that would limit taxation on profit from digital assets to a flat rate of 15% of the profit, as opposed to adding the profit onto annual income and subjecting it, then, to the higher Income taxes.  So-called investment tokens are key, it’s claimed, to future job creation and the national goal of becoming a hub for digital assets.

– Thai & US navy completes salvage operation of Sukhothai shipwreck 
The Royal Thai Navy has finished its near three week operation, carried out with assistance during the Cobra gold time,  to recover as much as possible from the sunken wreck of the Sukhothai in the bay just off Prachuap Khiri Kan.  End reports indicate that all sensitive equipment and data has been removed, along with other items, but sadly, despite a full search of the vessel by divers, no remains were found for the missing 5 personnel who are assumed to have drowned at the time.  Now deemed to be a safe wreckage, there are no plans for its removal from the seabed.

– Chinese arrested in Thailand for airline theft
Police at BKK’s main airport arrested a Chinese man flying into Thailand from India, after a fellow passenger reported HIS cash and rolex watch stolen from baggage that he had put in the overhead cabin storage.  The wily thief is spotted on CCTV accessing the bag during the flight. That led to the 48 year old being identified from his seat number and passport details. CCTV then further aided authorities, showing him racing to get through customs and out of the airport, and  taking a taxi to a hotel in the capital.  THERE, he was duly apprehended, close to 100K baht recovered along with the missing  Sea-Dweller Rolex watch.  Currently, according to the airport director, the travel hub has 8 THOUSAND cameras watching over all.  The thief.. remains in police custody.

– Foreign gang busted with narcotics hidden in clothes racks
Perhaps as a result of previous arrestees rolling over and telling all,  3 people, said to be a part of an African drugs network operating near the Nana plaza area were arrested this week as they collected what appeared to be innocuous parcels of clothes racking, sent here from the US.. which in fact was laden with cocaine.  A full on and long term police operation has been underway for a while and will continue to investigate the drug cartel working the area which is feared by many locally.

– Warning for drivers in Thailand
A DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE campaign will fire up in Thailand next month ahead of the elongated Songkran period.  In an attempt to reduce drink related accidents, which topped 4300 last year, the media campaign comes ahead of plans to test every driver involved in an accident, set up the usual roadside checks and warn the public that IF arrested and detained, drivers face several days in the company of the local police, waiting for courts to re open.

– Jomtien roadworks begin ahead of music on the beach festival 
Congestion caused by traffic changes to one way on Jomtien beach road, combined with this weekend’s upcoming music festival there have seen city hall teams hastily digging up the corner where Chaiyapruk 1 reaches the Sukhumvit.  Seen currently as a traffic block, with tailbacks almost back to the beach at times, the cut off to the left will allow traffic TURNING left to turn, even on a red light, thus reducing the congestion.   Diggers were out there yesterday and it’s a rush to finish ahead of Friday. For those NOT planning to visit the popular music festival, NOW through tomorrow is the best time to get into the city whilst avoiding heavy traffic.  For the weekend, it’s best to park outside and take motorbike taxis or expect massive traffic jams as we saw last Friday through sunday.  Music on the Jomtien beach is promised to include top Thai entertainers and draw huge crowds.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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