PHOTO: SBS News
Eleven years have passed since the murder of a Japanese woman in Sukhothai province (central Thailand) in 2007 and, with no developments, an existing cash reward for any information leading to an arrest is expected to be raised from 1.6 million to 2 million baht.
In 2007, 27 year old Tomoko Kawashita arrived in Thailand alone and headed to Sukhothai for the Loy Krathong festival on November 24. Her body was found the next day in Sukhothai Historical Park stabbed to death, laying next to her rented bicycle.
Eleven years after, the family is again voicing their ever-growing concern over the lack of progress. They are now calling for authorities to raise the cash reward to 2 million baht, the previous 1.6 million baht had been funded by local police (100,00 baht), Royal Thai Police Office (500,000 baht), and one million baht from the Department of Special Investigation.
The deputy PM told reporters that the team handling the case will now meet to discuss raising the DSI’s contribution by 400,00 baht and has assured the family and media that authorities are working consistently to follow up the case.
The father of the victim has appealed to Thai authorities to deliver justice as little progress had been made over the last eleven years. He voiced his concerns, saying he is worried the 20 year statute of limitations would expire before justice can be served.
SOURCE: Bangkok Post
Surachate on holiday in the US
PHOTO: Bangkok Biz News
Former Immigration Chief and high-profile crime-buster, Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn, has been laying low since being dramatically sidelined two weeks ago, being demoted to ‘office duties’ at the Police HQ in Bangkok.
Now he’s on holiday in America.
Thairath says that government spokeswoman Patcharaporn Inthiang revealed that the Lt Gen Surachate had put in a request for a holiday break (given his almost daily appearance on Thailand’s media for the past two years, he’s probably accrued a lot of holiday time!)
He had put in a request for a holiday in the US and is expected to be back at the end of this month.
He will have to report himself back at the PM’s office when he returns. We hope the immigration queues aren’t too long when he returns.
HM Queen Sirikit advised to stay in hospital for treatment
Her Majesty Queen Sirikit has been admitted to Chulalongkorn Hospital in Bangkok suffering cystitis, which is an inflammation of the bladder, according to the Bureau of the Royal Household today.
Queen Sirikit is the ‘Queen Mother’ of Thailand, the mother of the current King Maha Vajiralongkorn and was married to King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
The Queen’s doctors examined her at 6pm on Tuesday and found she had a fever caused by the infection and advised that Her Majesty be admitted to Chulalongkorn hospital for closer examination and medical treatment, said the announcement.
Central Thailand hit by Songkran storms
Over 300 houses have been damaged after thunderstorms lashed seven districts of Kamphaeng Phet province, in central west Thailand, at about 8pm last night.
Officials have visited the districts this morning and found 25 damaged houses in six tambon of Muang district. The storms also damaged 162 houses in seven tambon of Phran Kratai district and 92 more damaged in Sai Ngam district. Officials said 17 houses were damaged in Khlong Lan district and 11 in Lan Krabue district, while 10 houses were affected in Pang Sila Thong and Khanu Woralaksaburi districts.
Meanwhile, houses were also damaged when four districts of neighbouring Phitsanulok province were hit by local storms.
Storms pummelled Bang Rakam, Phrom Phiram, Noen Maprang and city districts at about 9.30pm. The storms left behind damaged houses and downed trees and power poles throughout the districts.
Around the city centre of Phitsanulok alone some 30 houses were damaged and four trees uprooted by the strong winds, which also blew away tents selling food for the Songkran festival on the Nan River bank. Officials are yet to assess the damage in other areas.
SOURCE: The Nation
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