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Patong hotel operators counter-sue military and former employee

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The Patong Paragon Hotel operator, Wisit Iew-Wirotrit, together with his lawyer, Ananchai Chaiyadet and his lawyer team, visited Patong’s Police Station to issue litigation against the army officers and his former employee, both for criminal and civil charges, asking for 100 million Baht compensation.

The charges include unlawful detention and perjury.

The lawyer said prior to the police report that… “the video of military officers visiting the hotel on March 27, and the following news released by them, has defamed my client and we will sue everyone involved in both civil and criminal laws. We have gathered 80% of the evidence and witnesses and will ask for 100 million Baht compensation.”

“There’s a clear CCTV camera footage as evidence of unlawful detention. I want the cases to be judged in the civil court, not military court, because we don’t trust the Army. We will also be reporting alleged perjury to the Damrongtham Centre.”

He said that the video was released with the explanation that the officers were asking for a bribe. The Army Region 4 and the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) Region 4 then held a press conference about it and some parts of the press conference defamed my client. He doesn’t have a problem with the army but only a small group of military officers. The video content refers to my client and we are considering to report it as either defamation or against the computer crime act.

“For the case regarding police officers who were at the hotel and have been transferred recently, we are pleased to help them because they were just called to have some coffee at the hotel and were not guarding my client. It is unfair for them.”

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“Among the shareholders of Patong Paragon Hotel, there is a business conflict and they are suing each other for both civil and criminal law. Around February last year, a military unit tried to send their officers to the hotel to negotiate with my client and we have the list of names. However, it ended with a promise that they won’t be involved anymore.”

“We have also made a letter to Phuket Labour Office and received the answer that we could fire the former employee and this person can be prohibited from entering the property. It turned out the former employee went to talk with another shareholder and was accepted to continue as an employee so he kept coming to the property.

My client already reported him for trespassing while he has reported to Damrongtham Centre that he had been threatened. The centre filed the report to the army and this is why the nine armed military officers paid a visit to the hotel on March 27 without any notice.

They said that they had to arrest my client as well. They claimed Section 44 as a reason to arrest him but my client refused to be arrested.”

“My client isn’t the person who released the video and is not involved in this. The defamation that he is a mafia figure has caused him major loss of integrity and income and he fired the former employee under the law. There is also a letter from the army unit located at Cherngtalay Wittayakom in Thalang, asking him to report himself and subject himself to investigation because there’s a report from local people about him. He says he wouldn’t go to the unit unless there’s a new set of army officers there.

“In addition, we learned that the former employee wasn’t detained at the border. He actually was arrested for drugs at Muang Phuket Police Station with clear evidence. I want to ask Damrongtham Centre and the army if they know about this.”

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New Robinsons Tower in Singapore reaches for the sky with a green thumb

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Thailand’s capital could never be accused of having one of the world’s most interesting skylines. Except for maybe the Mahanakorn ‘lego building’, there is little cutting edge skyline architecture in Bangkok.

It’s a different case a few hours flight south in the Lion City, Singapore.

Pushing all sort of limits is the new Robinson Tower in the CBD. The first impression is of the upper section floating above the lower, with a leafy garden flowing between the two.

A closer inspection reveals a core that provides the backbone fo the entire structure. The twenty floors of offices also has a terraced rooftop garden.

Designed by New York’s Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, the tower is also home to retail and food outlets in the lower section of the building, all arranged around another greenspace in a central atrium.

The architects say the design was influenced by Singapore’s Landscape Replacement Policy, which requires developers to incorporate publicly accessible green spaces equal in area to any greenery removed to develop the property.

“The dynamic tower frees itself from the canyon of stoic facades, integrating green space at unique vantage points and ultimately cultivating the public realm alongside a boutique, mixed-use program,” said Bruce Fisher, design director at KPF.

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Songkhla soi dogs heading to the US

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5 dogs out of 29 that had been left to die in an abandoned home in Songkhla are now heading to the US to meet their new owners.

Officials from the Division of Animal Welfare and Veterinary Service and Smiledog Home volunteers report that the 29 dogs and 8 cats were abandoned at a house in Songkhla. Two representatives from Smiledog are taking care of the animals in Songkhla as their health improves and the lucky 5 dogs prepare for their long plane journey. A team of vets from Song Tale Veterinary Clinic have been providing expert medical care.

The owner of Thai Street Paws Rescue, Tamara Johnston, is an Australian teacher who teaches in Songkhla. She has played a major role in saving these animals and is the reason why 5 of them will be traveling to the US in September. She has been rescuing stray dogs and finds new owners for them without any adoption costs, except the travel fees for the animals.

Siripun Knampromwong from Smiledog Home says that the dogs have been happier since the rescue. They are playing with each other and have enough space to run around. There are still some animals available for adoption, those who are interested can contact via the Facebook page.

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Thai bus travels ‘sideways’ along north-east highway

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VIDEO: สุดจัดปลัดบอก ปลัดลาออกยังบอกว่าสุดจัด

A bus, making its way from Nakhon Ratchasima, to Udon Thani, has surprised the passengers in the car behind. They did what we all would do in these circumstances. Notify the police? No, post it on Facebook!

The bus was travelling, crab-like, slightly sideways, at reasonably high speed for many kilometres. The bus’s wheel alignment was well out of whack or something was loose. Either way, the bus was a danger for everyone on the road, and the passengers, as its journey was captured, making its way through Khon Kaen in north-east Thailand.

On a positive note, the passengers on the right hand side of the bus had a lovely view of the road ahead.

รถบัสโดยสารสายนครราชสีมา-อุดรธานี สภาพรถเอียงคล่อมเลนตั้งแต่ออกจากอุดรธานีมุ่งหน้าขอนแก่น อาจจะเกิดอันตรายแก่ผู้โดยสารได้ ไม่ทราบว่าคนขับรู้สึกถึงความผิดปกติหรือไม่ 🙄

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