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Rohingya rape case held north of Phuket dropped for lack of evidence

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Rohingya rape case held north of Phuket dropped for lack of evidence | Thaiger

PHUKET: The prime suspect in the rape of a Rohingya woman was released from Takuapa District Prison on Monday after the case against him was dropped for insufficient evidence, said a court officer on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old Rohingya man had been held at the prison since June while the Takuapa Court gathered evidence (story here).

“The judge wrote in his report from Monday’s hearing that the case was dismissed because of insufficient evidence,” Wipu Singha, Takuapa Provincial Court officer, told the Phuket Gazette.

“The prosecutor has 30 days to appeal the court’s decision. There has not been a request for an appeal from the prosecutor yet.”

The suspect was released from Takuapa Prison on Monday, and is now being held in the Takuapa Police Station, said Takuapa Prison officer Sunthorn Kumprayoon.

“We will contact Phang Nga Immigration, who will be in charge of holding him until the 30 days are up,” said Maj Surawut Sungsnga of the Takuapa Police .

“If there is no request for an appeal, he will be deported back to Myanmar. We don’t know which way things will go, it depends on Kuraburi Police and the court,” Maj Surawut added.

The Kuraburi Police declined to comment on the case.

“We have yet to receive the official report from the court,” said Saner Sumard of the Kuraburi Police said yesterday.

“We cannot comment until we receive the report, as it explains exactly why the case was dismissed.”

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20 people arrested at Pattaya restaurant for allegedly violating alcohol ban

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Police in Pattaya arrested 20 people last night at a local restaurant where alcohol was reportedly being sold. While Chon Buri recently eased disease control restrictions, now allowing restaurants in the province to offer dine-in services again, alcohol sales and consumption at restaurants are still prohibited.

Saewana restaurant was raided at around 11pm last night by officers from Pattaya and the Banglamung district station. Alcohol was served in glasses and the bottles were hidden, police say.

Pattaya News says all 20 people at the restaurant were arrested, including the owner. They face charges for allegedly violating the provincial disease control order. Those who violate the Emergency Decree could face a hefty fine or even imprisonment.

A police officer who spoke to a Pattaya News reporter said that there is a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol consumption at restaurants as the policy has been made clear to the public.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

 

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Thailand News Today | Releasing 50,000 prisoners, Covid sniffer dogs, bungled kidnap | May 18

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Following an abortive attempt at a kidnap for ransom at the end of March, 3 people are currently under arrest, National vaccine rollout could finally get underway next week, pecially trained sniffer dogs will soon be deployed on the streets of Bangkok to sniff out cases of Covid-19 infection, Koh Samet reopening to visitors after being closed for 3 weeks and Local fishermen have found space debris, possibly from a satellite or parts of a used launch rocket.

 

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Active Covid-19 clusters reported in 16 Bangkok districts

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Bangkok residents living in any of the 16 districts in the capital with active Covid-19 clusters are being advised to strictly follow disease control measures. Spokesperson Taweesilp Visanuyothin made the warning during today’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration briefing.

In the latest wave of Covid-19 infections, more than 28,000 cases have been reported in Bangkok. Taweeslip says there have been 29 clusters. 8 of those outbreaks have been controlled while the other 21 clusters are still active.

Some of the clusters include…

  • Construction workers’ camps in Khlong Toey, Laksi and Watthana
  • Khlong Toey slum communities
  • Huai Khwang market
  • Prisons in the Chatuchak district

The outbreak at a construction site in Laksi is one of the largest clusters with 885 cases reported yesterday and another 1,107 cases were confirmed today.

Active Covid-19 clusters reported in 16 Bangkok districts | News by Thaiger

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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