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Bangkok officials check controversial Phuket dolphinarium [video]

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PHUKET: Department of Fisheries officials from Bangkok examined the hotly contested Nemo Dolphinarium today.

“Five officers came to inspect the facility and question the owners,” Suchart Youngsup, acting chief of the Phuket Fisheries Office told the Phuket Gazette. “Everything is being taken care of by Bangkok officials. We are just supporting them as necessary.”

With renowned dolphin-rights activist Ric O’Barry leading the charge, the debate about Phuket’s dolphinarium has gone international.

“If Phuket actually imports dolphins from Taiji, it’s going to be a blemish on tourism in Phuket on an international

Phuket risks great harm to its reputation as an international tourist destination if a dolphin park is allowed to open here, explained dolphin-rights activist Ric O’Barry in an exclusive interview with the Gazette. Video: PGTV

scale, because Phuket will be supporting this dolphin slaughter,” Mr O’Barry told the Gazette in an exclusive interview earlier this year (story here).

A direct connection between five wild caught dolphins bound for the dolphinarium and the annual slaughter of thousands of dolphins at the Taiji cove in Japan was later confirmed by Asia Director of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Gary Stokes (story here).

“The dolphinarium has become a sensitive issue. We are aware that such facilities are banned in some other countries,” Mr Suchart said.

Director of the Fishery Management Bureau Marnop Chaengkij earlier this year confirmed to the Gazette that if the facility did meet the department’s standards, there would still be a “long way to go” before it would be able to open its doors.

“Even if they are allowed to operate the dolphinarium, we must ensure that all of their paperwork is legal first,” Mr Marnop said.

“We will check where the animals are being exported from, and we won’t just believe whatever is written in the application. We will do our homework.”

However, Mr Marnop noted that Thailand does not have any embargo on dolphins from Ukraine or Japan, as long as the correct documentation is provided.

— Chutharat Plerin



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Syrian woman arrested with fake Spanish passport at Suvarnabhumi Airport

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Immigration officers at Suvarnabhumi Airport have arrested a Syrian woman with a fake Spain passport.

The Immigration Bureau reports that, while they were patrolling the airport, they found the woman who was acting suspiciously.

They asked to see her passport which had her name listed on the passport as Alampana Albana, a Spanish national. She was waiting for a flight to Germany.

Officers also found another Syrian passport which identified her name as Mrs Manal Ahmad Alnayed.

The woman admitted that the Syrian passport was her real passport. She told officers her husband, who lived in Germany, arranged it for her.

She says she purchased the fake passport in Malaysia. She received the flight tickets from a foreign woman at the KL airport.

Mrs Alnayed has been charged with illegal possession of, and using, a fake passport.

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Spanish man arrested in Bangkok over alleged raped

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Immigration Officers have arrested a Spanish man after he allegedly raped a handcuffed Thai woman.

INN News reports that the 30 year old Spanish man was arrested following the issuing of an arrest warrant for the alleged rape of the woman. The incident happened last Saturday at a luxury condominium in Thong Lor, Bangkok.

The female Thai victim told officers she and her friends were drinking at an entertainment venue in Thong Lor. She went back to her room with the Spanish man.

After that the Spanish man used handcuffs with the victim before biting her neck and raping her.

Immigration Officers discovered that the Spanish man has entered Thailand 38 times in the past. He works as a marketing consultant in Spain. Police are continuing their investigation and questioning those involved.

SOURCE: INN News

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Dog patiently watches over deceased master on Pathum Thani roadside

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A man, who had left home a month ago to live by the roadside with a stray dog in Pathum Thani, has been found dead. The dog was watching over the body when others discovered the deceased man. Pathum Thani is just north of Bangkok.

The deceased has been identified as 45 year old Surachai Khamsue. He was found lying by the side of a road in Moo 2 village in Tambon Klong Nueng, Klong Luang district, beside the old and un-roadworthy pickup that he had been using as a home.

His sister, 40 year old Chalermsri Sohsawaeng, told police that Surachai had left home to live in the car a month ago, and that she and other siblings had given him money to buy food.

Her brother liked to drink alcohol, she added. The body was sent for autopsy at Thammasat University hospital.

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