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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (14 May 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (14 May 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
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– Thailand to re-criminilize marijuana this year
The plan for the recriminalization of marijuana in Thailand, for reasons other than medical use, has been clarified. As we reported here last week, the deadline for enforcement is the end of this year, not April as some had reported. This was reaffirmed yesterday by ministers.

– Pattaya’s former mayor cleared of all corruption charges
Good news for Pattaya’s former mayor, Ittiporn Khunpleuem, as the courts have deemed that he, along with nine others, have no case to answer in the continuing saga of the waterfront condo project at Bali Hai. The popular politician, also a former minister in the last government, saw the statute of limitations run out in the case. Some had claimed that he illegally signed off on the construction of the eyesore building, which remains unfinished several decades later. Ittiporn, who was arrested upon his return to Thailand from an overseas visit last year, of his own volition, now has the opportunity to return to the political arena, which is also home to his brother, also a former mayor, and other siblings. It has been widely publicized that while he did sign off on the plans, those plans had to be passed by numerous other departments at various levels before arriving on his desk, and many claim that his signature was effectively a rubber stamp based on the approval provided by underlings.

– Thai female employer suspected of knifing Thai woman in Taiwan
In Taiwan, police are investigating the death of a 31-year-old Thai woman who flew there to meet up with her partner. Upon arriving on a tourist visa and working in a household, she was found stabbed on a hillside as she picked vegetables. It is believed that her attacker was her own employer, who, being Thai but married to a local man, had taken exception to her presence. More details to come regarding the reason for their falling out; however, the sister, now in police custody, is thought to have premeditated the act and waited for a considerable time before the attack.

– CIB to investigate criminals taking advantage of Thai Elite visas 
Along with the well-heeled, an element of the criminal fraternity is also taking advantage of the so-called elite visa program to ply their trade here. According to the CIB, which now plans to investigate many who use the expensive but easily obtained long-term visa program to remain here, as wealthy expats have discovered the convenience of the expensive VIP system, so too have the less than desirables, and they face investigation.

– Thailand looks to drop visa requirements for Europeans
Plans are now seriously afoot to afford Thais and Europeans, members of the EU, a reciprocal arrangement that would see the requirement for visas dropped. Likely not for long-term stays but rather short-term, three-month visits. Amid reports that the Thai PM is to visit France and Italy this month, a key issue of his visit will be a planned free trade agreement with the EU. A similar series of discussions has been held with the UK separately.

– Thai government publishes plans for integrated entertainment complex & casino
The Deputy Finance Minister, according to Thai media, has published plans for what is referred to as an integrated entertainment complex that will include a casino. A mirror plan to that currently in place in Singapore, this would create a huge trade, entertainment, and retail plaza, with less than 5% of space used for gambling. Currently, a feasibility study is underway along with a review of the potential impact on society, and both reports will be sent to the cabinet for discussion. With no location, province, or city mentioned, much of the proposals remain exclusive to those studying them.

– Suspect arrested for Pattaya ‘man in a barrel’ case 
Meanwhile, one of the three wanted men in the case of “the man in a barrel” out at Maprachan Lake has been caught in South Korea. Police there apprehended him as he rested in his home after returning there following the gang-style liquidation of a 34-year-old fellow countryman, who was found in a barrel full of cement close to the shoreline of Banglamung Lake. Police are handling this case discreetly, but it is believed that the three men flew here on orders from their gang leader to kidnap the now deceased man in the capital, move him here, and either recover their losses from missing drugs or eliminate him. As reported here yesterday, all three had left the country by Saturday before the discovery, with the other two believed to have fled over land borders into neighboring countries.

– 10 foot python captured in East Pattaya home
In Soi Kao Talo, just off the railway road, locals in a housing estate sat outside their homes of an evening to enjoy the cooler air but were shocked to see a 10 ft python slither into one of the rental houses. Snake catchers captured it, hiding in a pile of wood, and took it to a natural location to be freed. A reminder then that if you spot a snake, removal is a totally free and efficient service via the emergency services hotline.

– Suspect caught on CCTV causing Sriracha fire confirmed as…. a squirrel
CCTV has revealed the culprit causing a short circuit and cable fire in Sri Racha this week. Spotted on camera for posterity, the wily offender climbed a telegraph pole and chewed through mains power cables until they burst into flames, causing a local outage and requiring an emergency response team from the utility company to make major repairs. The culprit? A squirrel. Experts point out that many poles have cones on them specifically to deter rodents, but this one just ran along the wires before gnawing

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Written by: Megan Midget

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