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Police to question Thanathorn’s brother over role in 2019 bribery case

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The younger brother of politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has been summonsed to face police over his role in a bribery case in which 2 people were jailed last year. In November 2019, Prasit Aphaiphoncharn, from the Crown Property Bureau, and Surakit Tangwithoowanich, were both sentenced to 3 years in jail for taking bribes from Sakulthorn Juangroongruangkit and forging documents as part of a land deal. Although Sakulthorn’s named was mentioned in the court proceedings, he was never charged.

The Bangkok Post reports that the deal centred around 12 rai of land in Chidlom, one of the most exclusive districts in central Bangkok. Sakulthorn, the boss of Real Asset Development, was in talks with Prasit and Surakit, who told him they could help him skip the land-leasing process of the CPB in return for 20 million baht. The Criminal Court subsequently revealed that Sakulthorn parted with money on 3 occasions, with both men found guilty of forging documents in an effort to trick him into the payments.

“The first payment is 5 million baht, and after receiving (forged) documents, Mr Sakulthorn then paid 5 million baht and another 10 million baht to both defendants, to process the land lease and pay the money to the deputy director of the Crown Property Bureau, who is also a state official, in a bid to influence this official to make a favourable decision in granting a land lease to the Real Asset Development company, without entering the official bidding process.”

The investigation initially focused on the 2 men who accepted the bribes, before eventually gathering evidence against other involved parties, including Sakulthorn. He now faces questions over his role in a government official’s misconduct, with Nipit Intarasombat, deputy leader of the Democrat Party demanding to know why it’s taken so long to charge him.

“Mr Sakulthorn was mentioned in court as the person who provided the money. Is this going to be a repetition of the ‘Boss’ Red Bull heir case?”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    It will be if Khun Sakulthorn makes a large political donation to P.M,’s Khun Cha Ca’s political party.

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Man drives car onto Bangkok airport runway while allegedly under the influence of drugs

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A man drove his car onto the runway at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport yesterday afternoon while allegedly under the influence of drugs. The airline officials are now trying to figure out how the man was able to breach airport security and drive onto the airport runway.

Airport security vehicles were seen escorting the car off the runway, passing by an airplane. The Airports of Thailand released a statement saying the man was “quickly” apprehended.

Reports say methamphetamine was found in the man’s vehicle. He was arrested on charges of entering a restricted area of an airport, illegal possession of drugs and driving under the influence of drugs.

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Koh Samui senior police officer faces charges for allegedly raping a suspect

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A senior police officer in Koh Samui faces charges for allegedly raping a 21 year old Burmese woman at the Bo Phut Police Station. The officer, who was an investigation squad leader at the Bo Phut station, has been suspended and is now in detention at the Koh Samui Court, according to Nation Thailand.

The senior sergeant major allegedly took the woman, who had been arrested on drug charges, out of her cell at around 2am Wednesday and to another room at the Bo Phut Police station where he allegedly sexually abused her. She was then taken back to her cell.

The woman reported the incident to the Myanmar Embassy which then filed a complaint directly with the Bo Phut police chief. The senior officer was immediately suspended on Wednesday and a disciplinary committee was set up to investigate. The woman was taken to Koh Samui Hospital for a physical examination.

The officer is facing rape charges and is now in detention at Koh Samui Court.

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Pharmaceutical imports investigated after traces of diazepam detected in narcotics cocktail

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Pharmaceutical imports are being investigated after traces of the anti-anxiety pill diazepam were detected in the ketamine-based drug cocktail, known as “K powdered milk.” The narcotic cocktail is suspected of causing 7 deaths in Bangkok.

The Food and Drug Administration oversees imports of diazepam, also known by the brand name Valium, and has been asked to send a list of distributors over to the Narcotics Control Board for review. The Customs Department has also been asked to examine imports of pharmaceuticals.

Secretary general of the narcotics board, Vichai Chaimongkol, says diazepam is not available over the counter in Thailand. (Although, some pharmacies have been known to sell Valium without a doctor’s prescription.) He says authorities are investigating to find the source of the pharmaceutical drugs detected in the narcotic cocktail.

“From our initial investigation, the diazepam is likely to have been smuggled from abroad, or smuggled out of pharmacies.”

“K powdered milk is ketamine laced with a variety of narcotics. Police say it contains traces of heroin, methamphetamine, sleeping medication and diazepam. Apparently, there’s also another ketamine-based drug cocktail called “Talaysai,” which is apparently much stronger than “K powdered milk,” a friend of an apparent overdose victim told police.

Vichai says he suspects the drug cocktail containing diazepam is produced in a large scale operation, adding it’s unlikely a small-scale dealer would mix in the pharmaceutical drugs because it would be too expensive.

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