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Former police officer jailed for 3 years for offering 30 million baht bribe to Constitutional Court judge
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PHUKET: The Criminal Court today jailed former Tambon Phokaew police chief Col Charnchai Netiratthakarn for three years for offering a bribe of 30 million baht to then Constitutional Court judge ML Krairirk Kasemsan.

The bribe was to help the Thai Rak Thai Party in a party dissolution case.

The court noted that Col Charnchai had twice attempted to bribe ML Krairirk, and although the money was never paid, the crime had been committed.

The court said that Col Charnchai’s claim that he was joking was not reasonable because he went to see ML Krairirk twice during this time period, despite having never previously visited the judge.

The court noted that Col Charnchai also told ML Krairirk that he owed a debt of gratitude to “Khunying Or”, apparently referring to the then wife of former prime minister and Thai Rak Thai Party leader Thaksin Shinawatra.

Col Charnchai said that he would appeal the ruling.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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After a private school teacher in Nonthaburi was caught on camera allegedly beating kindergarten students, education officials are looking to press charges on every teacher that witnessed the alleged abuse but did not step in.

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Violence violates Thailand’s Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Early Childhood Development Act, according to a National Human Rights Commission member Prakairat Tonthirawong. She adds that teachers should go through appropriate training, like lessons on developmental psychology. Apparently, Khru Jum did not have a teaching license.

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Officials are discussing an extension to the domestic tourism stimulus package, following the approval of additional public holidays between now and the end of the year. The extra holidays will take place between November 19 and 22, and again from December 10 to 13, as the government continues its efforts to boost domestic tourism. Thailand’s tourism industry has been left battered and bruised by the ongoing ban on foreign holidaymakers. It remains to be seen how successful – or not – the planned Special Tourist Visa will be.

Meanwhile, the Bangkok Post reports that the Finance and Tourism and Sports Ministries are in talks to extend the current domestic tourism campaign until the end of the year. As part of the We Travel Together campaign, domestic tourists can avail of up to 5 million hotel nights at a reduction of 40%, capped at 3,000 baht a night for 10 nights. The hotels must be outside their province of residence.

The package was introduced in July, but has so far received quite a tepid response, with only 1.2 million of the 5 million rooms being taken. Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn suggests that this might be because people are waiting for additional incentives to be added. Earlier this month, the government introduced additional incentives, but some businesses are calling on officials to increase the hotel subsidy to 60%.

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Thai Vietjet, which currently operates 13 domestic routes within Thailand, is launching a new “Deluxe” product, starting from 999 baht. The “Deluxe” tickets will include 7 kilos of carry-on and 20 kilos of checked luggage (currently an additional charge), as well as seat selection and priority check-in. Date, route and flight changes are also permitted 1 time, free of charge.

Deluxe fares are available for travel between October 6 and December 31, excluding public holidays, on all domestic routes operated by the carrier. The 999 baht price tag does not include taxes and fees. Thai Vietjet is adding a number of new routes to its current network, including Chiang Rai to Hat Yai from November 1, and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Hat Yai, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ubon Ratchathani, and Surat Thani from November 4.

The airline’s full network of domestic routes can be viewed at www.vietjetair.com. It also operates a number of international routes between Thailand and Vietnam and between Thailand and China, but not at the moment.

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