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2 foreigners arrested for allegedly selling illegal guns, grenades

Caitlin Ashworth

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Police arrested a Singaporean and an Indonesian man for allegedly selling illegal guns, explosives and ammunition after police found bullets, grenades and handguns in a condominium in Bangkok’s Huay Khwang district.

The Singaporean man, known as 26 year old Bink, and the Indonesian, known as 32 year old Aiden, are facing charges of possession and selling of guns and explosives without a licence. The suspects entered Thailand last year on education visas.

Police got a tip about the alleged gun sellers, saying they drove a red Mercedes. Police tracked down the car and searched a condo where the 2 men allegedly stored the illegal firearms. When searching the room, police say they found 7 handguns, 584 bullets, a M67 grenade, a KM18 smoke grenade and 2 stun grenades, known as flash bangs.

The men told the officers that they sell the guns and explosives through the smartphone messaging applications Line and WeChat, police say. Customers would pay using the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

The license plate and registration on the Mercedes were fake and Bink was charged with falsifying official government documents.

Police say Bink got a call from someone in Singapore ordering him to destroy the guns in exchange for 100,000 baht. Police are still investigating.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Toby Andrews

    September 5, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Those pesky felangs, causing problems again.
    Only this time they were not westerners.

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    Somchai

    September 7, 2020 at 7:48 am

    Again farang make problems for our lovely country
    I hope Khun Prayut make Thailand farang free again
    Dirty farang not welcome anymore from you only
    Dirt and crime.

    Thai gov and people want see only hight quality Chinese tourist and expats in Thailand
    Western garbage please leave our country while you alive;)

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      Chipemberi

      September 7, 2020 at 7:27 pm

      Errrr… Indonesian and Singaporean, not white skins. Brown skins, same same you, + same geographical region as you. Suggest you go study your ethnic geography again.

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      Suchart Thai

      September 7, 2020 at 9:20 pm

      You need to see a doctor. You are delusional. The Thai economy is collapsing without farang tourists.

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      Kru Estebe

      September 9, 2020 at 2:32 am

      Enjoy Your destitution and poverty then , Without opening borders, MANY Wonderful Thai People WILL STARVE , More Businesses will — and already ARE — Failing — Maybe you want to leave bangkok and go live in a tent and farm rubber or pick pineapple ? — VERY FOOLISH COMMENT from an IGNORANT , ZENOPHOBIC THAI !!!

      I`m So Very Happy MOST Thai people are MUCH smarter than You , Maybe You Just work for PM Pryut ? —

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    theman

    September 8, 2020 at 10:11 am

    bang bang cokk

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Officials say they have found evidence of fraudulent claims at an additional 106 hospitals and health clinics in Bangkok. This follows an initial investigation by the National Health Security Office that uncovered corruption at 18 Bangkok healthcare facilities, which was then increased to 64 upon further scrutiny. The latest discovery brings to 188 the number of clinics and hospitals accused of defrauding Thailand’s universal healthcare system.

The scandal, involving around 1 million fake services, and costing the state an estimated 195 million baht, is laid bare in a report in Nation Thailand today. The NHSO has already cancelled contracts with 64 healthcare facilities, accusing them of inventing patient details to defraud the government. It’s understood all 188 hospitals and clinics will be made to repay the money, with the NHSO lodging a civil case with the Department of Special Investigation, who will carry out an investigation into all medical records from the last 10 years.

The deputy secretary-general of the NHSO, Karoon Kuntiranont, says that of 800,000 claims from gold cardholders, around 70% have been found to be false. He says the 30% of patients whose cases are genuine will now be cared for by other facilities. These include HIV patients, patients awaiting surgery, those being treated for kidney disease, and those suffering from chronic illnesses.

Karoon says the corruption is limited to clinics and hospitals in the greater Bangkok area, with a loophole that allowed the fraud to take place now being closed.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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PM orders Thai police to collaborate with Interpol to bring Boss back to Thailand

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The Thai PM is ordering Thai police to work with Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organisation, to find Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya and bring him back to Thailand for prosecution. The Red Bull heir has been on the run since 2017 and faces charges reckless driving causing death and using cocaine, charges which date back to the incident in 2012 in Bangkok.

In 2012, Boss allegedly sped his Ferrari down Sukhumvit Road in Thong Lor, running over and dragging a 47 year old police officer 100 metres down the road, killing him.

Prosecutors have now officially indicted Boss on the reckless driving causing death and drugs charges, the Office of the Attorney General announced last Friday. The recent indictment, more than 8 years after the fatal crash, follows public backlash after Boss’s cases were dropped altogether in July by the deputy attorney general.

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha made a post on his Facebook page saying he ordered police to work with international authorities to find Boss and bring him back to Thailand for trial. He says a Red Notice has been issued and he expects an update by next week.

“I ask every officer to handle this matter correctly and effectively.”

Boss, the son of the co-owner of the Red Bull energy drink empire, fled the country in 2017. His hearings were delayed 7 times. He reportedly packed up and fled to Singapore on his family’s private jet just 2 days before he was due to face charges. Since then, Boss has been seen and photographed at his family home in London as well as at Red Bull events.

The story has caused ongoing rage in Thai social media with people using the cases as proof Thailand’s warped justice system where wealth and power can help you bypass official investigations.

There has been no comment from the Yoovidhya family, Boss or his legal representation since last week’s official prosecution.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand | Thai PBS

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Bangkok nightclub busted for underage drinking

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A Bangkok nightclub was raided last night when police arrested numerous underage drinkers after city officials received a complaint about “unlawful assembly”. Police say many of the 50 people at the nightclub were under Thailand’s legal drinking age of 20 years old. They added that the patrons at the venue did not abide by Covid-19 prevention rules like wearing a mask, social distancing, and that the venue’s management didn’t limit the number of people at a social gathering.

The venue, known as “Peak” in Bangkok’s Lak Si district, north of the city centre, was ordered by police to close down because it served alcohol to underage customers and the venue did not abide by Covid-19 prevention measures.

Police raided the venue and were then waiting outside as partygoers tried to flee to provide free drug tests. Along with arresting the alleged underage drinkers, the police also arrested a young man for alleged drug use after a test for illicit drug use came up positive. Police did not specify what drugs they tested for. Reports also fail to say how many people were arrested, but Pattaya News says all the underage drinkers were arrested.

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SOURCE: Pattaya News

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