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by Mongkolchaowarat Thangmangmee

Two Vietnamese men have been arrested on a Mae Sot-Mukdahan bus in Phitsanulok for smuggling the body parts of a complete 200 kilogram tiger, estimated to be worth 2 million baht.

The suspects, identified as 40 year old Ley Binh and 29 year old Nguyen Wan Tung were apprehended after a tip-off to police that suspicious persons were transporting illegal items onto a bus which stopped at Phitsanulok bus station. last night (Wednesday).

After a search of the bus, officers found the smoked tiger body parts in the pair’s large luggage bags, loaded in the luggage compartment under the bus.

Protected Area Regional Office 11 (Phitsanulok) director Nipon Jamnongsirisak, who inspected the carcass at the precinct this morning says the three metre long complete carcass (head to tail) was a 200 kilogram male tiger aged about 15-20 years old.

All parts of the animal had been well cut and smoked and could fetch up to 2 million baht if sold in other countries, he said, adding that there was no skin or internal organs.

Nipon says he had reported this case to the National Parks Department to have experts inspect the 23 body parts. The tiger carcass would be kept for investigation for about one month, after which it would be destroyed, a police source said.

During the interrogation at the Muang Phitsanulok precinct, the pair initially told police that they bought the carcass from a compatriot in Tak on October 4 for only 30,000 baht.

They were transporting the items from Mae Sot to Khon Kaen before travelling onward to Nong Khai where they would cross the border to Laos and then Vietnam.

They face three charges of having the carcass of a protected wildlife animal in their possession, wildlife trading, and concealing a wildlife carcass for later distribution.

Besides the tiger carcass, police also seized two bags containing a total of two kilograms of Agarwood pieces from the suspects.

Muang Phitsanulok superintendent Pol Colonel Songpol Sangkasem said he would extend the investigation to find accomplices and check the immigration status of the suspects to see of any other charges should be filed.

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Out of 37 countries, Thailand has the worst pension system, says Bloomberg

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Out of 37 countries, Thailand has the worst pension system, says Bloomberg | The Thaiger

Thai Residents reports that on Sunday, Bloomberg published an article on the world’s best pension systems, using information gathered from the 2019 Melbourne Mercer Global Pensions Index.

The survey looked at the pension systems of 37 countries with metrics including employee rights, savings, the number of homeowners, growth of assets, and growth of the economy. The purpose of the analysis was to determine what was needed to improve state pension systems and to gauge the level of confidence citizens had in their state pension system.

The Netherlands and Denmark were found to have the world’s best state pensions, with Australia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, and Chile next. Out of all 37 countries, Thailand finished last, with what the report described as an extremely ineffective and ambiguous system.

“Thailand was in the bottom slot and should introduce a minimum level of mandatory retirement savings and increase support for the poorest.”

Out of 37 countries, Thailand has the worst pension system, says Bloomberg | News by The Thaiger

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Thai Residents states that only those employed within the government system in Thailand are eligible for a pension based on salary. For most Thai citizens, pension amounts vary from 600 baht to 1,000 baht a month, depending on the recipient’s age.

A report carried out by The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) advises Thai citizens to have at least 4 million baht saved by the time they retire, but Thai Residents reports that 60% of Thai retirees have less than 1 million baht in savings, with one in three citizens who have reached retirement age are forced to continue working in order to survive.

SOURCE: thairesidents.com

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Immigration police arrest German man in connection with death of German woman in Pattaya

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Immigration police arrest German man in connection with death of German woman in Pattaya | The Thaiger

A German man who has overstayed his visa has been arrested in Pattaya in connection with the death of a German woman found dead in a canal in Chonburi province.

The Pattaya News reports the dead woman as 77 year old Marg und Schaefer and says she ran a bar with the man who was taken into custody on Tuesday.

The alarm was raised when Ms Schaefer’s family in Germany contacted German police when they were unable to contact her. German authorities then contacted the police in Thailand, who tracked down the man after finding his visa had expired in June 2017. He is believed to be 52 years of age and known only as Mr Richard.

It’s understood the arrested man is also facing fraud charges in his home country and fled to Thailand after allegedly conning several elderly women out of more than 6,000 euros.

Police have questioned his Thai girlfriend, who claims Ms Schaefer died in January after falling in the bathroom. She says Mr Richard then disposed of her body in a canal in Chonburi, adding that he had been spending the German woman’s pension fund on a daily basis.

A warrant was issued for the man when Ms Schaefer’s body was found in the canal on January 12 and he was eventually tracked down to a rented house earlier this week. He denies all charges against him.

It’s understood the police will be using DNA testing to confirm how Ms Schaefer died.

SOURCE: thepattayanews.com

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Hotel guest in Chiang Mai runs up bill of nearly 50,000 baht before fleeing

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Hotel guest in Chiang Mai runs up bill of nearly 50,000 baht before fleeing | The Thaiger

A man who claims to be a doctor stayed in a Chiang Mai hotel for 21 nights, running up a bill of nearly 50,000 baht, before instructing the hotel to invoice the Ministry for the Interior and then fleeing the premises.

Employees of the hotel say they didn’t expect the man to abscond as he has stayed there on three previous occasions, paying his bill each time. He would usually reserve his room through an online booking site and gave his name as Chayarop, saying he was a doctor from Nakhon Si Thammarat.

This time, the man did not book in advance but simply walked in on September 28 and asked for a room.

Hotel employees say he didn’t say how long he’d be staying for and during his stay, he ordered room service every night, inviting friends to eat and drink with him.

Hotel guest in Chiang Mai runs up bill of nearly 50,000 baht before fleeing | News by The Thaiger

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Eventually, he had run up a bill of nearly 50,000 baht, but the hotel was reluctant to ask him when he planned to pay due to the fact that he was a regular guest.

After 21 nights, he instructed the hotel to send his bill to the Ministry for the Interior. When he left the hotel that day, he didn’t give any indication that he wouldn’t be returning later. When he failed to show that evening, the hotel tried to contact him on the number he’d provided but the phone was never answered.

The hotel has now filed a report with the local police force.

SOURCE: thairesidents.com

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