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‘Animal lover’ who killed nine cats jailed for 18 months

Published September 28, 2016 by SoClaimon

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A BANGKOK TAXI motorcyclist who pretended to be an animal lover on social media was jailed for 18 months after the Criminal Court convicted him of killing at least nine stray cats he volunteered to take care of.

The court found Panuwat Singsahas, 26, guilty of killing the animals between July 10 and July 31 this year. His jail term is the longest compared to previous cases.

He offered to take care of the strays when he read on various Facebook walls that they needed homes.

He took the cats home but failed to update their status on the pages.

Panuwat was arraigned on August 15 after animal welfare group Watchdog Thailand alerted authorities that he might have killed the adopted cats.

Some cat carcasses were found near Panuwat’s rented apartment on August 14. He was found guilty of violating the Cruelty Prevention and Welfare of Animal Act 2014 and the Criminal Code’s Section 381 relating to animal cruelty. The court initially sentenced Panuwat to 36 months in jail but commuted the sentence by half after he confessed to the crime. Panuwat’s relatives later requested he be released on bail pending an appeal.

However, the court decided that he should be detained in the meantime and he was taken to Bangkok Remand Prison.


Trafficker gets stiff jail term over migrants

Published September 27, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Court: transport of Rohingyas not connected to international crime

A HUMAN trafficker has been sentenced to 34 years in prison and fined Bt200,000 for illegally transporting Rohingya migrants within Thailand, but the provincial court in Nakorn Si Thammarat’s Pak Phanang district dismissed links to a trans-national crime operation.

The court convicted Sunon “Ko Mit” Saengthong of human trafficking while two accomplices were found guilty of the lesser charge of collaborating in and abetting the trafficking of persons in violation of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.

Suriya Yodrak was jailed for one year while Warachai Chadathong was given a six-month sentence.

Plaintiff lawyer Kritsada Sanyadee said Sunon was the only one of the three defendants charged with human trafficking because the other two did not have the phone numbers of other members of the people-smuggling network and did not know exactly where they were taking the Rohingyapeople.

Kritsada added that although the three offenders had also been accused of trans-national human trafficking, the court dismissed |the allegation due to a lack of evidence.

He said the three defendants would appeal to the Appeal Court and were currently seeking bail for temporary release.

The three were captured in Nakorn Si Thammarat’s Hua Sai district in January while transportingRohingya people from Ranong to Songkhla.

Police, who had been tipped off about the operation, intercepted five cars and arrested the three suspects. Another three drivers escaped.

Officers found 98 Rohingya in the cars, including 42 children under the age of 15.

The victims, who were all from Myanmar, were extremely exhausted and some had died from suffocation.

Major problem

Kritsada said most of the surviving victims had been taken to the Sri Surat Protection and Occupational Development Centre in Surat Thani and a few were transferred out of the country.

Burmese Rohingya Association in Thailand president Maung Kyaw Nu said the human trafficking ofRohingya people was still a major problem.

Although fewer are now being transported by sea, there are new inland trafficking routes opening up through central Myanmar and across the Thai border.

Sondhi cleared by top court

Published August 30, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Sondhi Limthongkul

Sondhi Limthongkul

Sondhi Limthongkul

Sondhi Limthongkul

Sarocha Porn-Udomsak

Sarocha Porn-Udomsak

The Supreme Court yesterday acquitted Sondhi Limthongkul, the founder of the Manager media group, in a defamation lawsuit filed by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

However, the court sentenced Sondhi’s TV co-host Sarocha Porn-Udomsak to six months in jail with a two-year suspension and a fine of Bt20,000.

The two persons were accused of defaming Thaksin after Sarocha replayed a recording of Sondhi’s comments on their TV show “Yam Fao Pan Din” in August 2007.

The comments were related to a minister’s reaction to Thaksin’s comments about the monarchy shortly after the September 19, 2006 coup.

In May 2012, Criminal Court sentenced both Sondhi and Sarocha to six months in jail with a two-year suspension and a fine of Bt20,000 each.


However, the Appeals Court overturned the verdict, saying the first defendant’s comments were not defamatory considering the plaintiff’s comments.

The Supreme Court then said that though Sondhi’s comments could be deemed defamatory, they had been made before the date notified in the plaintiff’s libel lawsuit.

The court said the plaintiff’s claim that Sondhi co-hosted the programme and defamed him with his co-host was invalid.

Hence the court acquitted Sondhi but sentenced Sarocha for allegedly defaming the former PM.


Request for Klong Dan review

Published August 15, 2016 by SoClaimon

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THE Attorney-General’s Office has asked the Administrative Court to review its compensation ruling for the Klong Dan wastewater-treatment project after new information surfaced.

“A probe has recently revealed that the contract to construct the plant is against public order and is thus considered void under the Civil and Commercial codes,” Somnuek Siangkong, spokesman for the office, said yesterday.

If the court considers the new evidence as material, it might retract its order for the government to pay more than Bt9 billion to the NVPSKG consortium for cancelling the project.

This was a new, important piece of evidence, he said.

Since the probe results emerged, both the Finance Ministry and Pollution Control Department have asked public prosecutors to petition the Administrative Court.

In late 2014, the Supreme Administrative Court found in favour of NVPSKG. The court reasoned that even though the project was cancelled on suspicion of corruption, the joint venture had already completed most of the work.

The department complied with the ruling, paying Bt3.17 billion and US$21.71 million to NVPSKG last year.

More instalments will follow if the court order is not cancelled.

The department sued former deputy interior minister Vatana Asavahame and 18 other defendants including NVPSKG for alleged land and contract fraud.

The court ruled in favour of the PCD, sentencing Vatana and 10 executives of the firms to jail.

However, the Appeals Court dismissed the case, prompting the PCD to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Plaintiffs in Klity Creek case triumph after 13-year effort

Published August 14, 2016 by SoClaimon

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People from the Lower Klity village in Kanchanaburi province celebrate their victory in a 13-year-long court battle against a lead-mining |company.

People from the Lower Klity village in Kanchanaburi province celebrate their victory in a 13-year-long court battle against a lead-mining |company.

Supreme court’s ‘historic’ verdict includes bt20.2M compensation, mandatory clean-up pf contamination and blame for executives.

A 13-YEAR-LONG court battle with a lead-mining company has finally come to an end for people from the Lower Klity village in Kanchaburi province, as the Supreme Court ruled yesterday that residents will be compensated and executives forced to fund the clean up of Klity Creek.

The eight plaintiffs from Lower Klity village, where people have been suffering from lead poisoning for more than 40 years due to mining upstream, will be given Bt20.2 million in compensation.

However, while villagers are delighted with the victory, they complain that the process took too long and that they still have to continue living with the contamination until the clean-up operation is completed.

“For more than an a decade of our legal battle, we have had to face several problems, such as having to travel to court, which is a long, difficult and expensive journey,” Kamthon Srisuwanmala, one of the plaintiffs, said.

“Moreover, the lawsuit took a long time and people had to continue living with lead poisoning without anything being done to help us.”

Kamthon said villagers had no choice but to continue using water from the contaminated creek and many had died from poisoning.

“All eight plaintiffs suffer from lead poisoning, but we are luckier than the other 151 people who are suing the mining company, because four of them have already died as they waited for a verdict,” he said.

He said money was not the plaintiffs’ main motive although the plaintiffs were very happy with the judgment.

“It does not matter how much we get from the defendants. What we really need is for the creek to be restored, so people can safely make a living from it again,” he said.

Somchai Ameen, the plaintiffs’ lawyer from the Lawyers Council of Thailand, said the compensation ordered by the Supreme Court was less than the amount set by the Appeals Court, covers compensation for future illnesses and will be paid over two years.

“The Bt20.2 million covers previous medical expenses as well as ones in the future. It also covers the loss of opportunity, as the plaintiffs were unable to lead healthy lives due to the lead poisoning,” Somchai said.

He added that the defendants from the firm Lead Concentrate Company would also have to pay the Pollution Control Department (PCD) to clean up the creek.

Surapong Kongchantuk, head of the Karen Studies and Development Centre, said the ruling should be deemed historic because it was the first time that the court applied the Enhancement and Conservation of National Environmental Quality Act. The case will serve as an example for other cases, he added.

“This ruling has set a lot of new principles. For instance, the court has recognised the rights of indigenous people for the first time and has included all costs such as the loss of opportunity,” Surapong said.

“The court also ordered the company’s executives take responsibility, because they were in charge of the management and cannot deny their role in the impact the operation had.”

The lawyer said the focus has to be on monitoring the restoration efforts and ensuring that lead is really removed from Klity Creek.

PCD director-general Wichan Simachaya said the restoration process should be started within the year and the department was in the process of looking for a proper contractor that can clean the lead slag from the creek.

Timeline of Klity Creek lead contamination lawsuit

1967 The lead mine starts operations.

1975 Nearby villagers start to notice the effects of lead contamination in Klity Creek.

1998 The Mineral Resources Department orders the mine to stop mining operations.

2003 Eight villagers from Lower Klity Village sue the mine.

2006 The plaintiffs appeal to the Appeal Court.

2008 The case is appealed to the Supreme Court.

26 April The Supreme Court is scheduled to read the verdict, but postpones.


14 July The Supreme Court reads the verdict and ends the 13-year lawsuit.


Source: The Nation

Senior officials get bail in Shin Corp share sale case

Published August 13, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Benja (L)

Benja (L)

A FORMER deputy finance minister and three former Revenue Department officials were released on bail for failing to collect billions of baht in income tax on the sale of Shin Corp shares to Singapore’s Temasek Holdings in 2006.

They face three years in jail if the Appeal Court upholds their conviction.

The Criminal Court ruled that Benja Louicharoen, who was deputy finance minister during theYingluck Shinawatra government, and three other then-senior Revenue Department officials, were guilty of helping Panthongtae and Pinthongta Shinawatra, son and daughter of former premierThaksin Shinwatra, evade nearly Bt16 billion in income taxes.

In addition, Thaksin’s former wife Khunying Potjaman na Pombejra’s personal secretary, Pranee Wejpreukpitak, was sentenced to two years in jail for being an accomplice in this case.

According to the lawsuit filed by National Anti-Corruption Commi-ssion, Panthongtae and Pinthongta are required to pay about Bt7.9 billion each in income tax for the sale of their Shin Corp shares based on the difference between the acquisition price of Bt1 per share and the sale price of Bt49.25 per share.

The siblings each sold 164.6 million shares of Shin Corp to Temasek in 2006, and were required to pay corresponding income tax, but Benja and others violated Article 157 of the Criminal Code on negligence of duty and abuse of power by helping the two avoid the huge tax bill.

Benja, who at the time was also deputy director-general of the Revenue Department, along with former legal affairs chiefs Chamras Yamsoi-thong, Moleerat Boonyasiri, and Kitch Vipulanusas, were released on a bail of Bt420,000 each, while Pranee was released on a Bt300,000 guarantee as all five have said they will file an appeal.

According to the Revenue Code, individuals who gain a profit from the sale of shares are required to pay income tax based on the difference of purchase and sale price. However, the defendants did not perform their duties properly and abused their powers to help both Panthongtae and Pinthongta avoid the massive taxes.

Previously, Moleerat also faced a criminal lawsuit along with Sirote Sawadpanich, a former director-general of Revenue Department, for negligence of duty and abuse of power in a related income-tax case in which Potjaman transferred 4.5 million shares of Shin Corp to her elder brother Bhanapot Damapong and other persons without paying taxes properly.

Two lese majeste suspects released on bail

Published July 18, 2016 by SoClaimon

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TWO people accused of lese majeste based on their Facebook chats – who also allegedly committed sedition and violated the Computer Crimes Act after mocking Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Facebook – were released on bail yesterday.

Another offender saw his 12-day detention period renewed for the sixth time in a separate lese majeste case.

Harit Mahathon and Natthika Worathanyawit are two of eight |people charged in late April with |sedition and violation of the Computer Crimes Act after investigators alleged the Facebook page that they administered had mocked the prime minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha.

The duo was charged with lese majeste after being accused of offending the monarchy viaFacebook chats.

Police asked the Military Court for a sixth period of 12-days of pre-trial detention for them yesterday.

Their lawyer asked the court to release them on Bt500,000 bail each. The court agreed, but they have to report back to it on July 21.

However, it did not grant bail to Burin Intin, a lese majeste suspect held in a separate case.

According to the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, Burin was accused of posting Facebookmessages deemed offensive to the monarchy.

The case involves the mother of student activist Siriwith Seritiwat, or Ja New, with the former accused of conspiring with Burin because she did not try to stop his alleged offences.

She was earlier released on bail after also being charged with lese majeste.

Jail for attack on tourists

Published June 15, 2016 by SoClaimon

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THE Hua Hin provincial court has sentenced four drunken Thais to two years’ jail for viciously assaulting a British couple and their son while they were here on holiday during the Songkran Festival.

Rosemary and Lewis Owen and their son were battered by Chaiya Jaiboon, Supatta Baithong, Yingyai Saengkam-in and Siva Noksri in the tourist resort of Hua Hin on April 13.

Jail terms for the four men were halved by the court as they pleaded guilty to assault and causing damage to Thailand’s reputation as a safe tourist destination.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand said it would inform the victims of the verdict.

Ex-SCB manager ordered to repay Bt20m stolen from customer

Published May 31, 2016 by SoClaimon

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THE COURT of Appeals yesterday upheld a guilty verdict in a civil case against a former manager of a Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) branch who has been convicted of stealing funds from an ailing woman’s bank account.

The defendant, Thanomsak Chalitangkool, was ordered to repay Bt20 million to the 63-year-old plaintiff, Uamboon Jansama.

The sum is subject to 7.5-per-cent interest, which will be calculated starting from 2012, the year in which the money was found to be missing from Uamboon’s bank account.

The Court of Appeals upheld the conviction and punishment meted out by a lower court.

Battling diabetes and cancer, Uamboon has said she needed the money for medical treatment.

Her lawyer Wanchai Srisantitham said Uamboon had dropped her complaint against SCB because it had already provided her with a financial remedy.

“Uamboon earned more than Bt100 million in 2007 when she sold a plot of land in the Sukhumvit area. Because she fell ill and was hospitalised then, she entrusted Thanomsak to deposit money into her bank account,” Wanchai said. “But she found in 2012 that her money had gone missing.”

The lawyer said his client was also in the process of pursuing criminal proceedings against Thanomsak.

Wanchai said he had believed that Thanomsak had changed his name to Woraset Panupongsin.

According to Wanchai, SCB lodged a criminal case against Thanomsak and the Supreme Court sentenced him to a jail term of three years and six months.

Dog killer gets suspended jail term

Published April 9, 2016 by SoClaimon

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The man who killed a dog in front of a Bangkok mall on January 13 was given a two-year suspended jail term and hit with a Bt7,500 fine.

Wicha Boonleulak – who was found guilty of violating the 1947 Act on Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, Fireworks and the Equivalent and the 2014 Cruelty Prevention and Welfare of Animal Act – also has to perform 12 hours of public service and report to a probation official four times this year.
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