Phuket Gazette - September 2, 2014 | 08:41 PM
PHUKET: Former Patong Mayor Pian Keesin today said that the police had betrayed him in an attempt to discredit his political career and his years of service to Patong.
“I accept that the police are just doing their job, but I have no idea what the mafia charges are about. All those years I was a leader...
PHUKET: An official from the Public-sector Anti Corruption Commission (PACC) has announced that his officers need two more weeks to complete an investigation into three Chalong Police officers for their alleged abuse of power. “We are nearly ready to press formal charges and hand the case to the public prosecutor, but we need about two more weeks to finish our investigation and compile all the evidence,” said Lt Col Wanno
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PHUKET: Police this morning swooped in on the offices of the Pisona Group on Phra Baramee Road in Patong, home of the central holding company belonging to former Patong Mayor Pian Keesin and his son Prab. Officers led by Maj Gen Paween Pongsirin, the Region 8 Police deputy commander who has spearheaded the purge of Phuket’s taxi mafia, seized one computer and broke open two safes at the site. They also seized several boxes o
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PHUKET: A representative of Phuket Aqua Project Co Ltd, the company that is building the Nemo dolphinarium in Chalong, held a closed-door meeting with Phuket Vice Governor Sommai Prijasilpa this morning. “We have heard that many people do not agree with our project,” the representative, who declined to be named, told the Phuket Gazette after the meeting. “People need to realize that it will not just be a show.
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PHUKET: Former Patong Mayor Pian Keesin, his sons “Prab” and Pattawee, and five other members of the Keesin-owned Pisona Group have been released on bail. Wanted on charges of extortion and criminal activities carried out by a criminal association (story here), Mr Pian and five other suspects surrendered to officers at the Royal Thai Navy base at Phuket’s Cape Panwa yesterday morning. They were handed over to P
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PHUKET: An Australian has been charged with sexually abusing twins he fathered with a Thai surrogate, reports said Tuesday, the second case in as many months to ignite debate about commercial surrogacy. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation said the Thai mother of the children, Siriwan Nitichad, had agreed to carry a child for the man and his wife who had not been able to conceive. "She said her husband wanted to have a baby
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PHUKET: While Thailand is attracting tourists because of its beautiful beaches and wide variety of water sports, the country's jet-ski rental businesses have become notorious after it emerged some operators were extorting money from tourists. Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha brought the issue to the public's attention on Friday during his weekly nationally televised address to the nation titled "Returning Happiness to
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PHUKET: A British activist will go on trial tomorrow in Bangkok for defamation, facing a possible jail term after his investigation into alleged labour abuses in the food industry. Andy Hall faces civil and criminal lawsuits submitted by local fruit processor Natural Fruit, a major supplier to the European drink market, in response to accusations of forced and child labour, unlawfully low wages and long hours. Hall, who made the allegations in a report last year for Finnish rights watchdog Finnwatch, is due in court on a defamation charge linked to an interview he gave to the Al Jazeera tele
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PHUKET: A man accused of the murder of a protest leader during a rally against the Yingluck Shinawatra government early this year succumbed to illness while being held in detention last week, the Corrections Department announced on Saturday. Sukrit Chaimongkol, who was remanded over charges that he fatally shot Sutin Taratin in Bang Na in Bangkok in January while the victim was leading a rally to try to stop advance voting at a polling station, died on Thursday evening. "He had difficulty breathing at the Bangkok Remand Prison on Thursday afternoon and was thus rushed to the department's hosp
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PHUKET: The British government said on Monday it deplored an Israeli decision to appropriate a large swathe of land inside the occupied West Bank, saying the move would seriously damage Israel's international reputation. On Sunday, Israel announced the appropriation of land in the Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem, a move which an anti-settlement group said was the biggest such claim in 30 years. "The UK deplores t
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PHUKET: A group of Japanese porn actresses raised tens of thousands of dollars at the weekend by having their breasts squeezed by fans at a "Boob Aid" charity event for Aids prevention. The nine adult movie stars, sporting yellow campaign T-shirts rolled up to reveal their breasts, flashed a big smile as punters came to them at an event that opened Saturday. Having sprayed their hands with disinfectant, many of them were see
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PHUKET: Pro-democracy activists vowed on Sunday to bring Hong Kong's financial hub to a standstill after China's parliament rejected their demands for the right to freely choose the former British colony's next leader in 2017. The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) endorsed a framework to let only two or three candidates run in the 2017 leadership vote. All candidates must first obtain majority backing
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PHUKET: County law enforcement officials in Arizona said on Thursday no criminal charges are pending after a probe into a gun range incident in which a 9-year-old girl fatally shot her instructor with an Uzi, adding it was "being viewed as an industrial accident." But state occupational health and safety officials were conducting their own probe of the Monday morning incident that was captured on video at a gun range that cate
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SPECIAL REPORT Though not usually a fish specifically targeted by the fishing industry, an estimated 5.8 million seahorses are exported each year from Thailand, playing a large role in making the country the world leader in seahorse exports. With seahorse catch numbers dwindling and the charismatic creatures being added to CITES, the eyes of the world turn to Thailand. The Gazette’s Isaac
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Special Report Phuket consistently has among the highest number of dengue sufferers in the country, and the disease has killed one 24-year-old woman in Patong and hospitalized hundreds of others on the island already this year. Yet hope is on the horizon. French company Sanofi Pasteur has a vaccine in the works that may be ready for deployment by late next year. The Phuket Gazette’s Chutharat Plerin
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Special Report Thailand consumes more than twice as much booze as the average Southeast Asian country, and faces the multitude of problems that come along with it, according to the World Health Organization and Phuket experts. Here, the Phuket Gazette’s Chutharat Plerin investigates. PHUKET: A barrage of statistics released by the World Health Organization (WHO) in its “2014 Global report o
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Special Report The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) says that about 80 per cent of visitors to Phuket plunge into the Andaman Sea with snorkelling gear to explore Thailand’s treasures below the surface. At least eight of those tourists have died while snorkelling within the last 16 months. The Phuket Gazette’s Chutharat Plerin and Saran Mitrarat dive into the issue.PHUKET: Supervision is e
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PHUKET: The world renowned tourist destination of Borneo is without a doubt full of wonders: wild orangutans, the rare proboscis monkey, “head houses” with plenty of human skulls to go around, schools of hammerhead sharks and incredibly friendly taxi drivers. Flying half way around the world to remote Malaysia Borneo isn’t worth the trip only to witness the honest, fixed-rate taxi drivers at work, but it's certainly some
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PHUKET: The region should applaud the bravery of the young rape victim from Myanmar in standing up for her rights and convincing her family to press charges against her attackers, even after her father initially agreed to accept a cash settlement to simply move on and “forget” the matter (story here). The girl’s recounting of events is a particularly disturbing tale; one that reflects the difficult realities fa
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PHUKET: The word on the street is optimistic. The Army’s strong-armed, yet almost unanimously welcomed push to scrape the dirt from Thailand’s image is off to a resounding start. Their campaign to bring happiness back to the people has Thai people nodding in satisfaction and the no-nonsense effort to stamp out corruption has foreigners giving the thumbs-up. For the time being, government funds are flowing and some laws are
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Kiettikun Charoensawan, 57, is chief of the Phuket Provincial Fisheries Office. He has a bachelor’s degree in Aquaculture from the Faculty of Fisheries at Kasetsart University and has served as director of several offices of the Inland Fisheries Research and Development Bureau. He most recently worked for two years as director of the bureau in Suphan Buri. Here, he talks about why the fishing industry is important and h
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PHUKET: Brazil have won a handful of World Cups but for one local family five is not enough. Fourteen members of the Da Silva family were born with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot thanks to a rare genetic condition called polydactyly. The family, who live near the capital, Brasilia, are staunchly proud of their additional digits, and say they believe they can help the national team win their sixth title in R
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PHUKET: Police in Nakhon Ratchasima, the gateway province to Isarn known as “Korat”, are investigating a report about a known sex addict who allegedly raped his neighbor’s dog, named Dodo. The incident was brought to light when Attapon Srisopha, the 36-year-old village headman in Tambon Nong Ya Khao, escorted Anuwat Saithong and his three-year-old female Golden Retriever to Sikhio Police Station to file a complaint on Ma
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PHUKET: Despite extreme measures taken to ensure the safety of his vehicle, a man woke up to his pickup truck “hovering” above the ground – without wheels. “I woke up at about 9am and was shocked to find my truck floating in the air with no wheels,” said 54-year-old Bumroong Sri-on at his house in Hat Yai, about 220 miles from Phuket. “I parked my truck in front of the house the night before and engaged all the ant
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PHUKET: A Myanmar national survived more than 12 hours alone in the sea by holding onto two coconuts. The 21-year-old man, who identified himself as Poy, was pulled from the water by men on a longtail fishing boat at about noon on February 4 in Bo Phut, Koh Samui. Mr Poy had been working on a construction site in Koh Pha Ngan. On Monday night, he and four friends were drinking on the beach. “At about 11pm, my friend and I go
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