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Former ICT official’s son accused of B281mn stock fraud
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PHUKET: Police have placed under arrest Panasan Somchevita, the 33-year-old son of a former permanent secretary for the ICT Ministry, after 21 people accused him of duping them out of 281 million baht in an alleged stock scam.

Police spokesman Lt Gen Prawut Thavornsiri told a press conference on Saturday that police filed a complaint of public fraud against Mr Panasan with the Crime Suppression Division last Wednesday.

Gen Prawut said police then obtained an arrest warrant and Mr Panasan was apprehended in Phetchaburi’s Muang district on Thursday. Mr Panasan is the son of Sunthad Somchevita, who served as a Special Case Committee member at the Department of Special Investigation.

The complaint against Mr Panasan alleges that he told his alleged victims he had about one million shares in initial public offerings for three well-known companies.

After being told the stock could be bought at a par price for hefty profit, the alleged victims said they transferred money to Mr Panasan’s account. The complainants alleged that Mr Panasan began avoiding them and when they suspected they had been conned, they filed a complaint to the police.

The alleged crime took place between November 11 and December 3.

Gen Prawut claimed that Mr Panasan had admitted to the alleged fraud, and that he had used money given to him to fund his own stock trading – which he accused Mr Panasan of doing at least three times previously.

Police are investigating to determine if he had any accomplices, Gen Prawaut said.

Mr Panasan told police he would pay compensation to the aggrieved parties, the general added.

However, Mr Panasan in court on Saturday denied all the charges against him.

Police took Mr Panasan to Ratchadapisek Criminal Court on Saturday to apply for an initial 12 days in detention, which will be in effect until December 17.

Police objected to him being released on bail on grounds that there were many aggrieved parties, and the monetary value of the alleged offence was very high, he had adversely affected the economy, and he was a flight risk.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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Thailand is cracking down on online gambling websites. Internet providers will have 15 days to block 1,202 gambling websites before charges are pressed for violating Thailand’s Computer Crime Act.

The Digital Economy and Society Ministry was ordered by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to crack down on illegal online gambling. The spokesperson for the Office of the Prime Minister says Prayut ordered the ministry to block the hundreds of gambling websites within the next 15 days. The ministry has requested 1,202 court warrants citing Computer Crime Act violations.

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission is collaborating with the ministry to block access to the gambling websites. The spokesperson adds they are working to solve the issue of online gambling very quickly, adding that the strict order is aimed at keeping teenagers away from online gambling. The news website Xinhua says since the websites are easy to access, many people, especially adolescents, get addicted to gambling and end up spending a lot of money.

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SOURCES: Nation Thailand| Xinhua

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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.

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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.

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