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Former PM Yingluck responds to allegations

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Former PM Yingluck Shinawatra, now a fugitive living in exile since she was removed from office in May 2014 by a Constitutional Court decision, took to Facebook yesterday to respond to allegations of abuse of power brought by the National Anti-Corruption Commission earlier this week, calling on the anti-graft body to focus on the current government instead.

On Wednesday the NACC announced it had evidence the former premier and 2 senior colleagues committed offences and abused their authority during a 2013 public relations campaign.

She took to her official “Yingluck Shinawatra” Facebook page on Thursday and questioned why the NACC was quick to process 2 cases against her when it should instead be scrutinising the current administration’s activities.

“Politicians or former politicians who oppose the government are ‘suspected’ of committing offences, while those in power are always innocent.”

The NACC said Wednesday there’s evidence indicating that Yingluck, her secretary-general and her deputy PM violated the law in the submission of contract bids to state agencies.

The alleged offences relate to the “Building the Future of Thailand 2020” project, which was worth 240 million baht and launched in 2013 by the Secretariat of the Prime Minister.

Her former deputy PM said yesterday the campaign was in line with the Yingluck government’s policies that were declared in parliament.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Jon Smith

    Friday, July 24, 2020 at 11:43 am

    Hi, why is there no Facebook Share button on your pages ?

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    Alun

    Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 8:58 am

    She’s the real prime minister. And she is very good looking. Up in the North we love her. The Democratic Dictatorship party is a shambles, and the economy is crumbling.

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 11:07 am

    This former PM should contact a certain Red Bull family and ask them how they had the charges dropped against their son, and how he is being allowed back into Thailand.
    Er, no she probably knows how.

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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Krabi police search for 3 murder suspects after body and car found buried at plantation

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Police in Krabi are searching for 3 brothers suspected of shooting a man before dousing his body in acid and setting him on fire. The body of 54 year old Suchart Khaoluan was found buried in a rubber plantation after he was reported missing for 2 weeks.

Suchart had been missing since May 3. One of the suspects, 32 year old Suriya Roengsamut, know as Bang Fit, owed him 300,000 baht. Suchart had left the house that day to collect the debt but never came home.

An anonymous message was sent to Suchart’s relatives saying that his Suchart had been murdered and that his body, as well as his car, were buried in the Nong Thale subdistrict.

Police searched Bang Fit’s home in the subdistrict as well as the plantation around the house. No one was home during the search. Officers noticed a mound of dirt about 200 metres from the house and brought in a backhoe to excavate the area. They found Suchart’s scorched car. Officers continued to search the area and found Suchart’s body about 2 kilometres from the home.

The Krabi provincial court has issued arrest warrants for Bang Fit along with his brothers, 32 year old Suwit and 38 year old Surachai. The men face charges of collusion in premeditated murder, illegal detention, destroying evidence, arson, illegal possession of weapons and illegally carrying them in public.

Police are still investigating and suspect the men fled the province.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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17 year old Burmese teenager details abuse at the hands of junta

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A 17 year old Burmese teenager has spoken about her time behind bars at the hands of the Myanmar junta. Ma Chaw says she and her mother were arrested on April 14 in Rangoon as they were walking to a friend’s house from a morning protest. She says they were stopped by the military who jumped out of 2 security trucks and forced them to crouch on the ground face down.

Ma says she was kicked in the groin and was threatened with sexual violence as she spent 6 days in detention along with other women who were allegedly tortured and abused by the police. She says a police officer molested her during an interrogation session in which she pushed his hand away as he threatened her life. She says her mother was slapped 2 times while being interrogated.

Before Ma was released on April 20, she had to sign a document stating the opposite of what was true: that no one tortured her behind bars.

“It’s the opposite of what they have done. It is totally unacceptable and unfair.”

Her mother, however, was not released but transferred to Rangoon’s Insein prison. Ma says she is worried for her mother’s life and that her mother is her only family. Ma says other prisoners were beaten so badly that they could hardly eat or talk. An underground group of ousted lawmakers who oppose the junta has announced it is investigating the “allegations of sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls in unlawful detention.” In a statement it said:

“These cases are indicative of the wider pattern of sexual and gender-based violence committed by Myanmar’s military that has persisted for years with impunity, particularly against ethnic minority women and girls in armed conflict areas.”

Local monitoring group the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners says more than 3,800 civilians have been arrested and are behind bars since the coup on February 1.

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Inmate escapes from hospital in Rayong after Covid-19 test, arrested in Chanthaburi

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Still dressed in a hospital gown, a prison inmate hopped on a motorbike and fled a hospital in Rayong after being tested for Covid-19. He was arrested in the neighbouring province Chanthaburi and now faces theft charges for stealing the motorbike. The results from his Covid-19 test have not been released.

Thailand has reported numerous Covid-19 outbreaks at prisons in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and the southern province Narathiwat near the Malaysian border. This week, the Department of Corrections reported that more than 2,800 inmates at the Bangkok Remand Prison and Central Women’s Correctional Institution. No Covid-19 infections have been reported at the Rayong Central Prison.

Human rights activists have called on Thai authorities to act immediately, adding that under international law, all inmates must have equal and accessible health care.

Activists also call for Thai authorities to release inmates who are in detention awaiting trial for minor or nonviolent charges to reduce overcrowding in the prisons.

 

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