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  • Thailand News

    Tuhao buck passes to Department of Special Investigation

    The “Tuhao” case is certainly a complicated one. Its trail of intrigue leads from Beijing to Bangkok and back again, passing all points between. So it is no surprise that the Department of Special Investigation decided to take up the case involving Chinese businessman Chaiyanat “Tuhao” Kornchayanant. Justice will now be served. Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin said yesterday that Tuhao was…

  • Thailand News

    Department of Special Investigation releases music video to warn about call centre scams

    A music video was released by Thailand’s Department of Special Investigations, warning people about call centre scams and advising them to think before they transfer money. But the video, featuring celebrities, has drawn criticism from Thais. Many have been questioning why the DSI, which is known to be Thailand’s counterpart to the FBI in the US, is spending time and…

  • Thailand News

    Thai Business Department warns against online scammers

    The Department of Business Development (DBD) in Thailand issued a warning to businesses, uncovering a new ploy by online scammers that could leave unsuspecting victims in legal jeopardy. DBD Director-General Oramon Sapthaveetham sounded the alarm today, urging businesses to stay vigilant or face the consequences. According to Oramon, the DBD has been inundated with complaints from businesses targeted by fraudulent phone…

  • Business News

    Stark Corporation’s interim CEO detained amid corporate scandal investigations

    Stark Corporation interim CEO Vonnarat Tangkaravakoon has been apprehended amidst ongoing investigations into a series of corporate scandals. Vonnarat, presently detained in a private hospital under the authority of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), was initially taken into custody at the hospital where he was receiving medical care. A warrant issued by the Criminal Court facilitated his arrest yesterday,…

  • Thailand News

    Unforeseen transfer of DSI chief prompts investigation into pork smuggling

    The abrupt transfer of Department of Special Investigation (DSI) director-general Police Major Suriya Singhakamol has prompted the House Committee on Agriculture and Cooperatives to seek answers from the government. Pol. Maj. Suriya’s reassignment came into the limelight immediately after he conducted a search related to the smuggling of pork at the CP Axtra Plc headquarters, previously known as Siam Makro.…

  • Thailand News

    National police chief probes Thaksin’s hospital treatment amid special privilege claims

    National Police Chief General Torsak Sukvimol requested a report from the Police General Hospital (PGH) regarding the medical treatment provided to former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra who is currently incarcerated. This request was prompted by a photograph circulating on social media that depicted Thaksin, donned in a patient’s gown and mask, presumably heading for CT and MRI scans. The image, which…

  • Business News

    Thai business department investigates 439 firms for potential nomination violations

    In a move to suppress the ‘grey’ market in the fiscal year 2023, the Business Development Department (BDD) investigated 439 companies, suspecting them of acting as nominees for foreign corporations. Interestingly, legal entities potentially involved in nominee activities were discovered in Chiang Mai and Chon Buri provinces. The BDD Deputy Director-General, Jitakorn Wongkhatekorn, revealed that the agency inspected three targeted…

  • Thailand News

    Police launches special probe into suspect ‘Nok’s’ bidding capers amidst murder inquiry

    A special investigative team has been established by the Royal Thai Police to delve into the alleged bidding price manipulation by two businesses owned by Praween Chanklai, also known as Nok. Nok is an alleged suspect in the recent murder of a highway police officer. The investigative team is composed of officials from various departments including the Revenue Department, State…

  • Phuket News

    Probing Phuket: 49 residences face investigation over suspected illegal construction

    Investigations have been launched into 49 residences suspected of illegal construction in Thailand’s Phuket region. Thalang District Chief, Bancha Thanu-in, instructed the leaders of Thepkrasattri Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) and Sakhu OrBorTor to carry out these probes. These alleged violations came to light earlier this month, with a deadline of September 15 for the two OrBorTor chiefs to present their…

  • Thailand News

    Phayao civil servant denies drink-driving after flipping government vehicle, ready for investigation

    A female civil servant shared a story about the Phayao accident that involved her flipping a government vehicle. She insists she was not under the influence of alcohol at the time. She explained the events of the day and stated her readiness to cooperate with any investigation. The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DPM) has sent a letter to…

  • Thailand News

    Kalasin mystery of missing Rosewood logs leads to investigation of officials and illegal logging networks

    Seven logs of Rosewood, worth over 1 million baht, have mysteriously disappeared from Kalasin’s Itue municipality office. Amidst the controversy, six state officials are reportedly involved, though they deny any wrongdoing. Meanwhile, illegal logging continues unabated in the region, notably at Khumhaiwitthaya School in Nong Kung Si district, where a broker was allowed to cut down 22 Rosewood trees and…

  • Thailand News

    Nitric acid leak prompts emergency response in Bangkok: Investigation underway

    A chemical emergency has struck the Prawet district, in Bangkok following a leak of nitric acid. Authorities, including a specialised team from the Lat Yao Fire Station, swiftly arrived at the scene to prevent further spread. The property owner, who utilises the chemical acid for stainless steel work, possesses the correct permit, but authorities will conduct further investigation to ensure…

  • Thailand News

    Prison guard under investigation for blackmail

    After a guard at the Thonburi Women’s Correctional Institute in Bangkok was suspected of corruption and bribery, an investigation is now underway. In return for alleged special treatment, the guard wanted money from the family of a prisoner. The guard, who has not been named, is now suspended during the investigation and will be fired if proven guilty. Somsak Thepsuthin,…

  • Krabi News

    DSI official under investigation for Krabi island land received

    The Department of Special Investigation is launching its own special investigation into one of its officials who received a plot of land on an island in the Krabi province under suspicious circumstances. The deputy spokesperson for the DSI said they received a complaint regarding title deeds of land plots on islands in the region. The land plot in question that…

  • Crime News

    Thai government opens fraud investigation over 112.5 billion baht glove purchase

    The Thai government is opening an embezzlement investigation into an order placed with a local company for 112.5 billion baht worth of surgical gloves. The Public Warehouse Organisation’s administrative office director allegedly signed off on the order without approval. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered the director of the organisation’s administrative office, Roongroj Phuthiyawat, to be transferred to an inactive post in…

  • Covid-19 News

    970 now tested as part of the investigation into the infected Bangkok DJ

    3 of the bars where the 37 year old DJ, Thailand’s first locally transmitted Covid-19 case in 101 days, are said not to have observed basic preventions required in a workplace – temperature screening, wearing a face mask and social distancing. It’s also been revealed that the bars offered a “glass sharing” special menu as part of their promotions. The…

  • Crime News

    DSI takes over 400 million baht ‘Mae Manee’ Ponzi scheme investigation

    Police are hunting for a woman suspected to be at the head of a huge pyramid scheme that has allegedly scammed hundreds of people. Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin has handed a case, where at least 2000 victims were allegedly cheated out of more than 430 million baht, over to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI). The ”Mae Manee pyramid scheme”…

  • Thailand News

    Education Ministry sets up investigation unit to fight corruption

    The Education Ministry is poised set up its own version of a DSI (Department of Special Investigations) style department tasked with investigating corruption amongst education officials. Speaking to provincial education officials and legal affairs officials this week, Education Minister Thirakiart Charoensetthasilp says his ministry planned to form a special team of legal experts, similar to the DSI, to address corruption…

  • Phuket News“Suicide’ of Land Department official now called into question | Thaiger

    “Suicide’ of Land Department official now called into question

    PHUKET: The autopsy on a former land department official who allegedly hanged himself in custody yesterday revealed that the man suffered an injured liver and internal bleeding, his brother said this afternoon. Tawatchai Anukul, a retired senior official of the Phang Nga Provincial Land Department, was found dead inside a detention room at the Department of Special Investigation yesterday (story…

  • Phuket News

    Naka Noi land dispute settled, as Land Department Gen revokes ownership

    The Land Department has concluded a Naka Noi land ownership dispute by revoking land ownership documents held by Six Mountain Company Co Ltd. Land Department Director-General Apinun Suetanuwong told the Phuket Gazette that he would side with the standing committee presiding over the dispute on July 14. That committee found that the NorSor3Kor of 24 rai held by the company…

  • Phuket News

    Phuket governor orders investigation into Facebook ‘defamation’ post

    PHUKET: Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada has ordered an investigation into a Facebook user who has accused him of taking sides in a dispute over land rights between the sea gypsy community in Rawai and developer Baron World Trade Co Ltd, which plans to build luxury villas on the contested beachfront land. The Facebook user, who goes by the screen name…

  • Phuket News

    NACC names names in corruption investigations

    PHUKET: The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) named names as it started gunning for local officials tangled up in millions of baht worth of infrastructure and illegal land issuance scandals in Phuket. At the top of the list of 17 cases cited at a meeting led by Wicha Mahakun, spokesman for the NACC, on Saturday was that of former Phuket Governor…

  • Phuket News

    Phuket governor lends muscle to lake-filling investigation

    PHUKET: Governor Maitri Inthusut yesterday lent the weight of his office to the investigation of a lake-filling project in Samkong with the aim of assisting Rassada Municipality to file a police complaint. The project, at Srisuchart Grandview housing estate, began as a municipality-ordered anti-erosion measure at the lake, but has become a noisy, dusty public nuisance and health threat, according…

  • Thailand News

    Special Report: Flaws hinder Thailand’s human-trafficking crackdown

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Special Report: Flaws hinder Thailand’s human-trafficking crackdown Reuters / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: After a two-hour trek through swamp and jungle, Police Major General Thatchai Pitaneelaboot halts in a trash-strewn clearing near Thailand’s remote border with Malaysia. “This is it,” he says, surveying the remains of a…

  • Phuket News

    Investigation against Phuket violent taxi station postponed

    PHUKET: The investigation of a violent Phuket taxi rank whose behavior was exposed in a sting operation in November has been postponed. “We expected the investigation against the Merlin Beach Resort taxi station to get official sanction at our December 2 meeting,” said Somboon Sarasit, head of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) Special Crime Unit 3. “However, there were…

  • Thailand News

    Phuket Gazette Thailand News: U.N., U.S. call for investigations into Thai trafficking of Rohingya

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community U.N., U.S. call for investigations into Thai trafficking of Rohingya Reuters / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: The United Nations and the United States on Friday called for investigations into the findings of a Reuters report that Thai immigration officials moved Myanmar refugees into human trafficking rings. The…

  • Phuket News

    Special Report – Thailand secretly dumps Myanmar refugees into trafficking rings

    Special Report PHUKET: One afternoon in October, in the watery no-man’s land between Thailand and Myanmar, well-known to Phuket visa-runners, Muhammad Ismail vanished. Thai immigration officials said he was being deported to Myanmar. In fact, they sold Ismail, 23, and hundreds of other Rohingya to human traffickers, who then spirited them into brutal jungle camps. As thousands of Rohingya flee…

  • Phuket News

    Special Report: The ongoing battle for a place to call home

    Special Report: A poor community of less than 500 people who mostly make a living from picking through the trash at Saphan Hin have made a plea to the Phuket Governor for help in expediting their claim to live in a protected mangrove forest on the outskirts of Phuket Town. Will the villagers finally get a place to call home?…

  • Phuket News

    Patong Mayor Pian Keesin targetted in DSI’s investigations list

    PHUKET: Long-serving Mayor of Patong Pian Keesin, as well as ten other people and suspect locations, has been named on a Department of Special Investigations (DSI) blacklist regarding illegal taxis. The blacklist was presented yesterday as Tourism and Sports Minister Somsak Pureesrisak and DSI Director-general Tarit Pengdith arrived on the island to open the ‘Phuket Organized Crime Center’ (story here).…

  • Phuket News

    Special Report: Anatomy of a Phuket taxi driver

    Special Report The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has opened an ‘Organized Crime Center’ [sic] at Phuket International Airport to crack down on illegal taxi drivers still operating there. The move follows widespread allegations of mafia operating on the island and illegal taxi drivers overcharging tourists. Here, the Phuket Gazette investigates what it takes to become a Phuket taxi driver.PHUKET:…