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A barbed wire fence has been erected around the main offices for the Emerald Development Group and two signs erected in the front of the property.

“This is a personal land plot which does not belong to the Emerald Development Group Co.,Ltd. Outsiders are not permitted or else legal action will be taken. Tel: 085 886 7456”

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The erection of the fence and signs follow a week of PR from the Emerald Property Group and its CEO ‘Mai’ Sawit Ketroj as they attempt to contain damage following allegations into the company’s operation and financial dealings.

Khun Mai was questioned by Patong Police on May 2 following his arrest at Phuket International Airport the night before. Tourist Police Deputy Commander Maj Gen Surachet Hakpan said at a media conference that afternoon…

“After the investigation, we requested an arrest warrant from the Phuket Provincial Court for Sawit Ketroj. He was arrested at the Phuket International Airport. He is to face charges in relation to fraud.”

“There are more than 300 victims, most of them are foreigners. Embassies have been informed to warn their citizens about the situation. The cost of damages from this case is now estimated at a billion baht.”

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Since the initial media conference where Maj Gen Surachet outlined the first round of cases there have been new litigants filing cases and foreign lawyers contacting Patong Police over additional charges over alleged wrong-doings in relation to the Emerald Development Group.

Khun Mai was released on bail last Tuesday (May 8) by the Phuket Provincial Court – a situation lawyers for some of the litigants and described as ‘a bad sign’ for the upcoming court cases.

Since his release Mai has been trying to stem damage from the revelations over alleged fraud. An email has been sent out to investors (printed without corrections).

“We at Emerald Development Group would like to inform you that the news from the 2nd of Mr Sawit Ketroj (Managing Director) 2018 have been not accurate and are intended to damage our reputation. We will arrange a press conference shortly and provide all actual facts of the current events and how we will move forward. In the meantime we would like to take this opportunity to clarify that the Managing Director Mr Sawit Ketroj still continues to operate the business and will do everything to fulfil the companies obligations towards its clients and affiliates. Emerald Development Group has 4 affiliated companies. There has been an incident in only one of the companies which we are in the process of resolving and all the other companies operating as normal. After hearing the news we understand that clients and business partners alike are feeling very insecure about their investments. Hence we want to take the time to meet and discuss personally every case or purchase with every client or their representative to present the facts for each development and move forward in satisfying way for our clients. This is our highest priority. Please contact us at customerservice@emeraldgroup.co.th so we can arrange to accommodate everyone’s request”

The Emerald Development Group website is still in operation selling property with no reference to the current legal cases against the company’s Mangaing Director. The Thaiger has spoken to Khun Mai this week and look forward to attending the forthcoming press conference.

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Thai medic cautions against reducing quarantine period for foreign tourists

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On one side there is a push to re-open Thailand’s borders to re-start the beleaguered tourist industry. On the other hand Thai officials are try to keep Covid-19 contained and fear the re-opening of the borders. Even the suggestion to reduce the quarantine time from 14 to 7 days is not gaining support from health officials.

Now, a doctor from the Faculty of Medicine at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University says reducing the quarantine period for foreign tourists would be inviting disaster. Dr. Thira Woratanarat made his statement after a suggestion from the Tourism and Sports Minister that quarantine could be halved if all goes well when Thailand re-opens its borders to a limited number of foreign tourists.

“In Thailand, if we decide to follow the proposal to reduce the quarantine time to 7 days, it would be an invitation to disaster.”

Thira points to a growing number of cases in many parts of the world, with around 350,000 new cases a day reported worldwide. The number of total deaths from the virus has now reached the 1 million mark.

For its part, the government says Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakarn’s proposal is not under consideration and that all foreign tourists will still be subject to mandatory 14 day quarantine. Officials say until the global pandemic situation improves, current restrictions remain in place.

A plan is underway to allow a limited number of foreign tourists to return to the Kingdom under a Special Tourist Visa scheme. The visa is due to be approved today when PM Prayut Chan-o-cha chairs a meeting of the government’s Covid-19 task force.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Van passengers hospitalised after gas leak on the way to Roi Et

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Passengers in a van leaving from Bangkok ended up in the hospital after a gas leak went unnoticed. Many passengers began to feel dizzy and nauseous. Some had difficultly breathing before falling unconscious. Some passengers were even found foaming at the mouth.

The 34 year old driver, identified as Jakpong, was hired to drive the passengers from Bangkok to the Roi Et province in Thailand’s north east. He says he started noticing a burning smell when passing through Ayutthaya, just north of Bangkok. Jakpong stopped briefly at a gas station, but then continued to drive. A passenger started feeling nauseous and asked to stop again.

When the van stopped again at Nakhon Ratchasima’s Pak Chong District, the passenger who complained of nausea fainted while walking to the restroom. Other passengers tried to stand up, but some also fainted.

The petrol station attendants called emergency responders to attend to the van full of sick people. All 9 people in the van were sent to Chong Nana Hospital. A doctor from the hospital says some passengers report they had difficulty breathing and dizziness before falling unconscious. Some were found foaming at the mouth.

The driver told emergency responders that he was only slightly dizzy. The driver says he had no idea there was a gas leak. Police are still investigating.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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“Boss” commission chief says Thai justice system in need of reform

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Former National Anti-Corruption Commissioner, Vicha Mahakun, who led the recent inquiry into the handling of the case against Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, says Thailand’s justice system is in need of reform. Red Bull heir and grandson of co-founder Chaleo Yoovidhya, “Boss” stood accused in a 2012 hit-and-run case that caused the death of a 47 year old Bangkok police officer who was hit by Boss’s Ferrari and dragged over 100 metres, before the car fled the scene.

Boss was never brought to justice and is believed to be living outside Thailand, having managed to flee the Kingdom in 2017. Despite various media outlets being able to photograph him living a jet-set lifestyle in London, Singapore, and Japan, Thai officials appeared unable to track him down. A “red notice” for his arrest mysteriously disappeared from the Interpol website. Finally, in July of this year, all charges against him were dropped by the then-deputy director of the Office of the Attorney General.

The resulting uproar from outraged Thais resulted in the PM ordering an independent investigation, led by Vicha. Having presented his findings to the PM earlier this month, the chairman of the investigating panel says the whole Boss fiasco proves that Thailand’s legal system needs to be reformed. He says the decision to drop all charges in the case clearly came about as a result of systemic corruption.

“Why was the case that should have been closed within a year delayed for 8 years? There’s a legal proverb ‘justice delayed is justice denied’. An attempt to delay it gives a clue.”

In addition to pointing the finger at prosecutors involved in the case, Vicha takes aim at the Royal Thai Police, saying reform there is long overdue. He adds that the Thai justice system is robust, claiming it is those working within it who are the problem. Vicha says Thailand’s ingrained culture of nepotism has affected not only the justice system, but has resulted in economic disparity, and says changes will be brought about by the young people now rebelling against the system.

“When 12 and 13 year olds march on the streets raising 3-finger salutes, and adorn themselves with white ribbons all over Thailand, it shows how corrupt people with power are.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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