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A Thai rock musician is to remain in prison after losing his Supreme Court appeal in which he claimed he was suffering from bipolar disorder. Seksan “Sek Loso” Sookpimay was sentenced to a 42 month prison term, along with community service, for drug abuse, resisting arrest, and threatening police with a firearm following an incident at his home on New Year’s Eve back in 2017. Police say they initially went to his home to reprimand him over live-streaming himself firing a gun into the air during a visit to a temple in Nakhon Si Thammarat after a performance. The court announced the decision today at the Min Buri Criminal Court.

The lower court sentenced him to 2.5 years in jail on 4 counts – resisting arrest, threatening police with a gun, unlicensed possession of a firearm, and drug abuse. The Appeal Court upheld the lower court’s judgement, but reduced the sentence for Seksan’s illegal arms possession from 5 months to 3 months. The other sentences remained the same in length.

Then, the court added the new sentence to an already imposed jail term of 1 year and 3 months over another case, when Seksan physically assaulted a close aide of his then ex-wife, Wiphakorn “Karn” Sookpimay. The couple later remarried.

Today, on his Facebook page, the rocker’s wife Wiphakorn, posted a photo of herself and her husband, and a message saying she would meet with the press later after all court procedures were completed. She stated that she was too busy to meet now but thanked fan club members for their concerns. Previously the rocker called on youngsters and his fans to have self-restraint during any provocative event and be cautious when posting comments in the social media.” Sek Loso was the former lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter for the Thai rock band named Loso.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Pedro

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    2.5 years in jail for resisting arrest, threatening police with a gun, unlicensed possession of a firearm, and drug abuse, but a retired civil servant got over 40 years for an offence against section 112? Sorry. but sentencing policy in Thailand appears to me to be totally unscientific and therefore totally screwed up. Cue you know who to tell me I am wrong as always 🙂

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    GeorgeA

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    As long as people voluntarily consume hard drugs and large amounts of alcohol, things like this will continue to happen.

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    Roger Bruce

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    This is just a PR stunt to show a prison cell
    not the usual 50 in a room on the floor as most prisons have
    Wow, a nice clean prison cell in Thailand. I bet that cost a big brown envelope
    AS for the sentence scales of Justice same all over the world depends on the judge if he got a bit night before or lost at the races or got paid …

    Good Luck Thailand

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    Slugger

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    Its a pity you arent the Thai Attorney General then isnt it?

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    Yes it is a pity . . .

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    James R

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 2:10 am

    Pedro

    You are totally wrong, Thailand is a perfect country, it is the best in the world, not like those nasty countries in the West.

    In Thailand I can pretend to be anyone I like and can act as though I know everything about the country even though I don’t, this is paradise.

    Oops sorry, something came over me, for a minute I thought I was living in the backward part of Thailand, you know the Issan area.

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    James Pate

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 5:16 am

    Never liked the guy’s music. He got filthy rich singing songs about poor people for poor people. Maybe a little jail time might improve his songwriting, like Johnny Cash or Merle Haggard. Yeah, right.

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    RA

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 8:52 am

    Probably a file photo of an American jail cell.

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Immigration police arrested a French man who was allegedly involved in a crime network who allegedly smuggled cannabis, and arrested 3 other foreigners on overstay charges. Police say the crime network sold cannabis to foreigners living in tourist cities in Thailand.

Officers say they suspect there are more people involved in the alleged smuggling operation on the Eastern seaboard, which includes Chon Buri and Rayong. Police are now launching an investigation.

Police were tipped off earlier this year about an alleged French gang selling cannabis to tourists. Apparently, the drug suspects would rent rooms to store the cannabis and frequently change locations. Foreigners had rented a room off a soi in Bangkok, but the manager noticed they were acting suspicious. No one appeared to actually be living in the room and people would stop by the room for less than an hour, the manager told police.

Police arrested a man who was stopping by the room. Officers say the 28 year old, identified as Samy, had a suitcase filled with dried cannabis and scales. He faces charges for possession and distribution of a Category 5 narcotic.

The police went to the man’s apartment in the Charoen Nakhon area and arrested 2 French nationals, ages 27 and 28, and a 29 year old woman from the UK for overstaying their visas. Police say they had thrown cannabis and smoking equipment out the window before officers entered the room.

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Thailand is hoping its newest anti-human trafficking report will earn an upgrade from the US from Tier 2 to Tier 1. The report was submitted to the Washington’s Trafficking in Persons Report. Deputy government spokeswoman, Rachada Dhnadirek, said the government is ready to be upgraded after remaining on Tier 2 for 3 years in a row. Those nations who fall on the Tier 2, are deemed to not be fully complying with the minimum standards set out in the US’ Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Those on the Tier 2, however, are supposed to be making efforts to comply with the minimum standards.

Before 2018, Thailand was placed in Tier 3, which is for nations who don’t fully comply with the minimum standards and are not making efforts to do so. Then, Thailand was upgraded to Tier 2 after making progress compared to the previous year.

Rachada says Thailand submitted the 2020 TIP Report on February 2 and a report on progress in its anti-human trafficking operations from January to March of this year to the US embassy on April 3. The data includes the number of arrests and punishments for human-trafficking offences. Thailand also has created a new plan, making it the first in Asia to introduce such a plan. That plan is called the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights.

Rachada says now Thailand is processing human trafficking cases more quickly by shortening the investigation time to 70 days as of last year. In 2015, the investigation time was 118 days. She says the country has also set up centres to help LGBT human-trafficking victims as well as helping migrant workers with work-related issues.

Thailand has also introduced the PROTECT-U app for smartphones in which human-trafficking victims can access protection and launch complaints in 7 different languages. The app was developed by the Social Development and Human Security Ministry.

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A 25 year old Phuket man who was allegedly beaten and shot by an off-duty, drunken police officer, will never walk again as he remains paralysed in the hospital. The news, according to doctors at Vachira Phuket Hospital, comes after Aroon Thongplab, was shot from a close range, with the bullet hitting his spine.

The man was a noodle vendor and was collecting a bowl from a customer on Bangla Road when he was allegedly shot by Pornthep Channarong of the Phuket Provincial Police at around 6am. Doctors told his wife about his prognosis after he woke up from a coma and underwent surgery to increase his prospects of being able to sit up. His wife, who is only known by her surname as Kulthida, told The Phuket News that she received news that he would never walk again.

“He cannot feel or move the lower part from his waist. Doctors just gave him spine surgery last week, so that he can sit. However, the doctors cannot assure that the surgery will work. We have to wait to see if his recovery goes well along with physiotherapy.”

Pornthep was discharged from the Royal Thai Police less than a day after he allegedly shot the noodle vendor. Now, he is facing charges of attempted murder, firing a weapon in a public area, and carrying a firearm in a public area without a necessary reason. But those charges have come slowly, according to Kulthida.

“I have already asked Patong Police, and they told me that at this stage the report to file (with the public prosecutor) is about 90% complete. I am also waiting for a notice from the court. Today, officers from Region 8 Police came to the hospital to question Aroon, but he has not been able to speak… I asked them about the bail conditions, and they told me that the suspect is still in jail.”

The Phuket Provincial Court is allowing Pornthep to go out on bail, despite the Royal Thai Police asking the court to keep in locked up.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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