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Junta supporters, Palang Pracharat party, raises 650 million baht at banquet

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The pro-military Palang Pracharat party had the first of their big fund-raisers last night and raised an estimated 650 million baht – 50 million baht more than their initial projection.

The banquet was held last night at the Impact Muang Thong Thanee convention hall.

Almost 2,000 guests, mostly business people and politicians from different parties, attended the event to fill the 200 tables. Each table had a price tag of three million baht.

A spokesperson says the party will cross-check each of the donations to make sure that they conform with the regulations of the Election Commission and the Political Party Act.

The party’s deputy leader Natthaphol Teepsuwan played MC for the fund-raising event in place of party leader Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana following a suggestion from Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, the government’s top legal hand. The deputy PM recommended that key party members, who still hold Cabinet posts, should avoid taking to the podium in order not to risk violating the Constitution and law regarding fund raising.

During his address, Natthaphol said Palang Pracharat party would not bring the country back to the state about five years ago when it was saddled with extreme political divide, but would strive to forge ahead for a better future for Thailand.

Although the party is newly established, he said it has several former national administrators and several former MPs who are honest and ready to work for the good of the country and the people.

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Chinese man arrested with 1,000 cannabis plants, involved in ‘Heaven Herb’ illegal business

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Police arrested a man yesterday for growing 1,000 cannabis plants in a Bangkok warehouse and selling it online through a service called “Heaven Herb.” 41 year old Wu Ding Bin, from China, grew “organic cannabis of foreign varieties.” Police say the foreign strains are priced up to 700,000 baht per kilogram.

“Heaven Herb” marijuana was sold and delivered through a Line app chat group which already has around 6,000 members, according to police. Drug dealers were disguised as Grab and Food Panda motorcycle drivers to deliver the marijuana. During May, Bangkok police arrested 12 men involved in the illicit business in raids in Bangkok, Pathum Thani and Ayutthaya, also finding hallucinogenic mushrooms, dried marijuana and cannabis plants.

Police gained information on the Chinese man after an arrest from one of the raids where a Chinese man in the same building in the Prawet district was growing around 300 cannabis plants. Bin denied that he was involved at the time and said he was” just an electrician”, but police say surveillance footage shows Bin frequenting the warehouse. Police revealed that Bin is in Thailand on a student visa to learn Muay Thai.

Rent for the warehouse is 40,000 baht, but the electricity costs for the cannabis production are even higher – 70,000 to 100,000 baht per month.

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | Coconuts Bangkok | Bangkok Post

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Boxer wants officers prosecuted after false imprisonment

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A former boxer recently released from custody for drug trafficking charges claims he was wrongfully imprisoned and is calling on the national police chief to prosecute the officers that filed the drug charges. He has submitted documents to Thailand’s police chief Chakthip Chaijinda as evidence he had been wrongfully imprisoned for 14 months. Now he’s demanding justice and wants the police who arrested him investigated and prosecuted.

Atchariya “Max” Wirotesunobon was a WBC Asia super-lightweight champion. The title was stripped from him after he was arrested in 2018 at the Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok on his way to a boxing match in Japan. He was accused of involvement with an operation to smuggle and sell more than 3 million methamphetamine pills.

Wirotesunobon was incarcerated for 14 months, but was acquitted and released last week. The only thing that linked him to the crime, he says, is that a car he sold to a dealership was used by people in involved in the drug smuggling operation. The car was sold in 2015. Others arrested in the operation said they were not associated with the boxer, and Wirotesunobon said he does not know them.

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | Nation Thailand

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Bangkok man shoots, injures friend

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A Thai man has shot his best friend in Bangkok over the weekend after he found out his friend had an affair with his ex-wife. The 34 year old man, reported as ‘Paratkorn’, found photos of his wife and friend, 31 year old Pongsitthat. In a fit of rage, he shot and injured Pongsitthat.

Police say Paratkorn has a history of violence. He spent 6 years in prison for attempted murder and had also been arrested for drug and gun related charges. During Paratkorn’s time in prison, his friend stepped in to help out his wife and daughter, and ended up having an affair with Paratkorn’s wife.

Paratkorn shot at his friend who was sitting in his car at the time. Bullets hit his face and arm, injuring Pongsitthat. Another bullet hit a cafe, but no one else was injured. As of yesterday, Paratkorn has not been arrested and the Bang Khen Police Station are tracking him down.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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