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The Thai Raksa Chart Party has cancelled plans today to launch their election campaign in Bangkok’s China Town.

This follows a dramatic day yesterday when the party dropped a political bombshell by announcing that Princess Ubolratana was the party’s sole candidate for prime minister.

Thai Raksa Chart leader Preechaphol Pongpanit stunned the media when he submitted the name of Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi as the party’s sole prime minister candidate. The Princess is the sister of HM The King.

But the plan fell apart some 12 hours later after HM the King issued a televised royal command prohibiting his elder sister from entering politics, saying a member of the Royal Family must be above politics.

The rare comments from the Thai monarch about a political matter raises even more questions over what will happen to the Princess’ nomination and what the Thai Raksa Chart party will do if they lose their sole prime ministerial candidate in the run up to the March 24 poll.

The Princess, whilst relinquishing her formal titles in 1972 when she married a US citizen, has again become a regular feature in royal duties and as patron of many local charities since her divorce and return to Thailand in 2001. She is also said to live in the grounds of the royal palace and enjoys many of the trappings and privileges of the Thai Royal Family, including coverage on the daily Royal TV news.

Whether she approached her younger brother, now the Thai King, over the matter is a matter of speculation. But the strong statement from His Majesty late last night would appear to make her situation untenable as a political candidate.

Meanwhile, this morning, Thai Raksa Chart party members informed reporters without explanation that the party leader Preechaphol Pongpanit and party campaign chief Nattawut Saikaur would cancel their visit to Yaowarat (China Town).

The party earlier informed reporters that Preechaphol, Nattawut and several executives would visit Yaowarat to help its two candidates campaign Saturday. The two candidates are ML Nattapol Devakul, running in Constituency 2, and Pongpisut Jitsophon, running in Constituency 3.



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Humanitarian aid provided to Chinese man swindled by condo broker

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PHOTOS: Tourist Police Bureau

The Shirrine Clinic at Chamchuri Square shopping centre in Bangkok this week offered 10,000 baht cash and other necessary items to a Chinese man who was left penniless after a condominium broker in Bangkok had allegedly swindled him out of almost one million baht.

A case against the suspect is being handled by Phra Khanong police.

The Chinese victim and his baby boy are in trouble as he is also suffering from cancer.

After learning about his the plight of the Chinese victim on the Tourist Police Bureau’s Facebook page and other Thai media, Shirrine Clinic immediately contacted tourist police to provide humanitarian assistance to the Chinese man and his child.

SOURCE:  Tourist Police Bureau

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Chronically ill man jumps to his death from Bangkok apartment

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A 66 year old man who lived alone and suffered from chronic ailments has been found dead outside a 15 floor apartment building in Bangkok’s Bang Sue district.

It is believed he committed suicide by jumping from the rooftop this morning.

Taopoon police were alerted at 11am that Charn Wanngern died after he fell to the ground in front of the entrance to Building A of Taopoon Mansion.

Police found a suicide note in the man’s room on the 15th floor. No foul play is suspected in the man’s death.

The note also had the mobile phone number of his close friend. Police called him and learned from the friend that Charn used to own a cabaret troupe in Silom and he recently fell and had been suffering from chronic aliments since.

Charn needed to see a doctor regularly and the friend had to take him to his hospital as he lived alone. The friend said he had a schedule to take Charn to see his doctor this Friday.

Police said Charn’s room was on the west side but he fell from the east side of the building so he likely went up to the roof and jumped down.

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Man arrested over 50 million baht scam

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A man has been arrested for allegedly defrauding around 100 stock market investors of about 50 million baht.

Pol Lt Gen Suchate Hakparn, the Immigration Bureau chief who also heads the economic crime centre, says 52 year old Jittaraphon Nisarat was arrested on Tuesday at his apartment in Bangkok’s Phra Khanong district.

Surachate says Jittaraphon was arrested under a warrant issued by the Criminal Court on Friday.

Jittaraphon was accused of collaborating with two other accomplices to convince over 100 victims to invest in their company with a promise of a 10 per cent yield per month for their investment. The investors were asked to invest at least 300,000 baht.

The investors were told that Jittaraphon’s company would invest in the Wall Street stock market for profits in short sales.

Surachate said the investors received the promised returns for just the first three or four months but Jittaraphon then stopped paying the yields and closed his company and disappeared.

Surachate said police are still hunting for the two accomplices, 40 year old Sorachat Klamsaeng and 34 year old Pirayuth Arj-amnuay.

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