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– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community

Farmers from northern provinces return home
Phuket Gazette / The Nation
PHUKET: About 10,000 farmers who travelled from the lower northern provinces to Bangkok resolved on Friday to return home rather than head to Suvarnabhumi Airport for a rally.

The farmers decided to return home after their leader, former Chart Thai Pattana Party MP Chada Thaiset, was assured by the government that they would get their payments for their rice next week.

The farmers reached Ayutthaya’s Bang Pa-in district Thursday and stayed overnight there. They travelled in about 1,000 farm tractors.

Sources said Mr Chada met caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong and PM’s Office Minister Varathep Ratanakorn at 8pm Thursday to discuss the farmers’ demand for the government to speed up their payments.

The sources said the talks achieved a “satisfactory result” and Mr Chada promised to relay the outcome to the farmers.

The sources said the prime minister asked Mr Chada to tell the farmers not to block the airport because the move would severely affect the country.

One killed, several injured in South attacks
Phuket Gazette / The Nation
PHUKET: Two volunteer military rangers were injured in a roadside bomb attack in Narathiwat’s Joh I Rong district yesterday, while a rubber tapper was shot dead and another injured in Yala’s Raman district.

On Wednesday night, there was an attack on the home of a senior clerk at Yala’s Bannang Sata district office, with seven M79 grenades thrown. However, no one was injured.

The assailants reportedly hurled two grenades at about 8.45pm and then another five grenades at about 9.10pm.

Police and defence volunteers fired back, prompting the assailants to flee.

A source involved with the investigation into the incident said police suspected an insurgent sympathiser group led by Mukta Ali-mama and Ahmad Leubaesa carried out the attack.

Less than an hour later, a resident was shot dead in a separate incident in the district.

The bombing in Joh I Rong occurred at about 8:30am and targeted a six-ranger patrol on three motorcycles.

As volunteer military rangers Boonpen Leeka and Jaroonsak Pitakkij inspected a bridge in tambon Mareubo-ok, insurgents detonated a 20kg bomb.

The duo was rushed to Joh I Rong Hospital.

Earlier, an unknown gunmen shot dead local resident Asae Waedoyee and injured Khosima Waedoyee in tambon Kortor Teura in Yala’s Raman district at about 6:45am while the two victims rode a motorcycle to tap rubber trees.

In a separate incident, villager Sawat Baiwang-ah, 35, was shot dead near a local mosque at about 9pm on Wednesday in Bannang Sata’s tabom Taling Chan. Police were investigating the motive behind the killing at press time.


Russian extortion suspect nabbed in Chon Buri
Phuket Gazette / The Nation
PHUKET: Immigration Police have arrested a Russian national who fled extortion charges and set up home in Chon Buri’s Bang Lamung district.

Immigration Division 3 chief Pol Maj-General Kriengsak Arunsrisopon told the press that suspect Dmitry Ishmukhametov allegedly used a false Czech passport under the name Dmitry Lemba to enter Thailand. He was nabbed outside a property showroom in tambon Nong Preu for questioning.

Initial investigation shows that the suspect entered Thailand in October two years ago over the Thai-Malaysia border, allegedly to run a property business in Pattaya. He was initially charged with passport forgery and using a fake passport.

Further investigation showed that he also had a fake work permit to hold an executive position in a 60-million-baht property firm, police say.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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Another Thai man claims to have found a rare Melo pearl, shell was sold at a Pattaya market

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Another Thai man is claiming to have found a rare Melo pearl. The Pattaya chef says he bought a shell from a local market a decade ago and had no idea the object inside was a rare pearl. After hearing the news about the man in Nakhon Si Thammarat finding what he believes is a Melo pearl possibly worth millions of baht, 57 year old Patipat Hatthadon took the pearl off his shelf and brought it to the Gem and Jewelry Institution of Thailand where it was declared a real Melo pearl weighing 90.10 carats.

The chef bought the shell at the Larn Poe Market in Naklua 10 years ago. He found the pearl inside, but didn’t realise what it was. At first he thought the orange pearl was just a weight, like a lead ball some market vendor put inside to make the shells heavier and up the price.

“I tried to use a knife to pierce the pearl and determine what it was but it didn’t work and I had left it on a religious shelf for the past decade, unaware of what I potentially had.”

Patipat obtained a certificate from the institution. He’s keeping the pearl at a bank and he’s filed a report with Banglamung Police for legal protection due to the value of the pearl. It might be worth millions of baht. He says he’s already been contacted by numerous collectors from across the world. He’s currently considering the offers, he says.

Earlier this month, a Thai fisherman found what he believes to be a Melo pearl possibly worth 10 million baht. He found the pearl in a shell on a Nakhon Si Thammarat beach in Southern Thailand. The news coverage, both nationally and internationally, caught police attention who say the man is a suspect in a drug case. He was arrested 2 weeks ago at his home by the beach.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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Pattaya motorbike taxi allegedly attacks Chilean national

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A Pattaya motorbike taxi driver is being accused of attacking a Chilean national, leaving his nose broken and face bloodied. 24 year old Salvatore Andres Castromedina, filed a report to the Pattaya City Police at around 2am this morning after saying he had left a nightclub on Pattaya’s Walking Street after it had closed.

“I wanted to go to Soi Buakhao but the taxi motorbike driver attacked me while we were discussing the price. I went to the Pattaya Police Station with another taxi motorbike to file a police report.”

According to Pattaya News, the man was seen on CCTV having what appeared to be a calm discussion with 2 taxi drivers on Walking Street when he was assaulted without provocation by 1 taxi driver.

Police came to the scene of the incident after the man filed a report, and found fresh bloodstains on the ground. Police then checked the CCTV video nearby which allegedly showed the suspect donning a taxi motorbike shirt. The suspect appeared to be sitting with the alleged victim before the taxi driver stood up and assaulted him by kicking him in the face multiple times, according to the CCTV footage that was viewed by The Pattaya News.

The Chilean man was sent to the hospital for medical assistance, while police located the alleged suspect and are investigating further.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Pattaya driver injured after falling asleep at the wheel, plunging into ditch

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A driver asleep at the wheel of his car has broken both legs after the vehicle ended up in a ditch in the Banglamung area of Pattaya. The Pattaya News reports that 33 year old Nattaphon Sukmanat had to be cut out of the vehicle before being rushed to hospital for surgery.

The local police force was notified of the accident at around 6.00am yesterday and arrived on the scene to find a heavily damaged car upside down in a drainage ditch. Nattaphon was trapped in the vehicle, but conscious. It took rescue workers around 30 minutes to free the driver, who told authorities that he’d fallen asleep at the wheel.

It’s understood the police will be questioning Nattaphon once he has recovered from surgery. There are no other witnesses to the accident.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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