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Mastermind of court attack reportedly in Australia
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PHUKET: Police will seek the extradition of a man suspected of masterminding the hand-grenade attack on the Criminal Court last week, who is also wanted for allegedly committing lese majeste and failing to report to the junta, Royal Thai Police commander Gen Somyot Poompanmuang said yesterday.

Suspect Manoon or Anek Chaichana, who is also known by the alias Anek San Francisco, has reportedly been living in Australia since avoiding arrest.

Gen Somyot said police were also looking for another suspect, Wirasak Towangjon, also known by the alias Yai Pattaya, who is also reportedly on the run abroad.

The military yesterday handed over to police four more suspects allegedly behind the hand grenade attack, after the first four suspects were handed over on Friday for their seven-day detention period.

14 suspects under investigation

The four men have been identified as Sansern Sri-unruen, Charnwit Jariyanukool, Wichai Yoosuk and Naraphat Luaphol.

There are 14 suspects either in custody or wanted on arrest warrants issued by a military court.

The eight in custody have been charged with terrorism and criminal conspiracy and will be put in military custody again under martial law when police are done with their initial interrogation.

Citing details collected during police questioning, Gen Somyot said all eight suspects knew Suphaphorn Mit-arak, or “Dear”, who police learned had been discussing the attack with Mahahin Khunthong, the driver of the motorcycle used in the attack, when they discovered their Line conversations on his mobile phone.

The military will hand Dear and three other suspects including another woman, Wassana Butdee, to police on Wednesday, Gen Somyot said.

“The suspects have communicated through various channels, exchanging information and jointly planning the attack, leading to a conclusion that they were all in the same group,” he added.

Police are gathering evidence against members of this network, which included both those in command and at an operative level, he said.

Tracking the records of money transaction among the suspects requires police coordinating with the Anti-Money Laundering Office, he said.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

 

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Pattaya sandwich maker gives out food and face masks to needy in Banglamung

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A Pattaya sandwich maker is giving back to the community by donating more than 500 sets of food and face masks to the needy in Banglamung district. The business operator prioritised giving the packages to medical staffers first, then to migrant communities and others in need. 29 year old Kanjana Wongsin and her friends handed out juice, food, and face masks yesterday. She told The Pattaya News that they are encouraging medical staffers who are working hard during the pandemic. Kanjana says they are fighting together to win and save the area.

She says they also gave free food to children at the Baan Kruja Anti Human Trafficking and Child Abuse Centre in the Pattaya area and to migrant worker camps in Banglamung. Meanwhile, Chon Buri province is seeing the lowest amount of daily Covid infections today, at 57, since the latest wave began in early April. Now, the total amount of cases in the province is 3,491 since April 9th. 1,430 are still listed as in medical care, with 10 deaths. 2,051 people have been released from care and have fully recovered. 112 people were released yesterday alone.

Chon Buri also released a Covid-19 timeline of a recent market cluster that is seeing 19 cases of the virus so far. The Chonburi Public Health Office is asking those who visited the places listed below, to notify health authorities and monitor their health for Covid symptoms.

The following is an English version of the timeline, translated by The Pattaya News:

  1. Phra Phrom Market in Nong Kham, Si Racha on May 1 from 9:30am to 11am
  2. Thong Lang Market in Khlong Tamru, Mueang Chonburi on May 1 from 3pm to 8pm
  3. Thong Kung Klong Tom Market in Na Pa, Mueang Chonburi on May 7 from 3pm to 8 pm

Yesterday, the province reported 73 infections and 1 death. No details have been released on that case yet. This week will also see wider scale testing at factories and high-risk occupations in the province.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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Nong Pong, a new lagoon park nearing completion in Pattaya

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PHOTO: Nong Pong Park is set to open on schedule in Pattaya. (via Pattaya News/Pattaya Mail)

Project developers have announced that they are nearly finished building Nong Pong, a large new public park on Jomtien Second Road in the Pattaya area. The park began construction last May with an original completion date of August which the construction crew says should be met without a problem.

The Pattaya park features a large lagoon creating beautiful scenery and a tranquil environment and may even allow some limited water sports. Installation is underway now for good lighting and exercise equipment to finish up the nature park. One feature that may prove popular is that the park will be gated to keep out stray animals and keep it peaceful inside.

Pattaya’s goal is to create more public parks and open space to make Pattaya a city with a large number of green zones and to be more eco-friendly. The hope is that beautiful and comfortable spaces will invite Pattaya locals to come out and exercise and enjoy the park space, while also attracting tourists from Thailand and from abroad to relax in the natural setting within the city. The project is part of an effort to lure tourists to the Jomtien area, a goal which also includes a billion baht makeover for the beach area.

City officials, including Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunplume, spoke excitedly about the park project hoping it would become a major landmark for the city and looking forward to announcing its official opening date. Nong Pong has a total budget of about 32 million baht for its construction and is located across from the Riviera condo.

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Pattaya motorbike taxi driver dies after being hit by car while trying to save dog

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A female motorbike taxi driver has been killed after she was struck by a car while trying to save a stray dog on a Pattaya highway. The Pattaya News reports that the tragic incident occurred on Sukhumvit Road near the Chaiyapruek Intersection around 8pm on Sunday night.

Itโ€™s understood the woman, named as 21 year old Roongnapa Jaroensook was trying to help a dog off the highway when a car struck her motorbike. The vehicle was being driven by a 29 year old unnamed German national. Police arrived at the scene to find the body of Roongnapa and her heavily damaged bike nearby.

According to the Pattaya News, the driver of the car was not injured in the incident and was taken to Pattaya City Police Station for questioning. Meanwhile, officers are reviewing CCTV footage from the area and itโ€™s not yet known if the German man will face any legal action. He is reported to have been cooperative when questioned by police.

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