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Sanan resigns over corruption probe

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BANGKOK (AFP): Sanan Kachornprasart, Thailand’s powerful Interior Minister, resigned today as a political storm raged around the government after a corruption probe found Sanan guilty of filing a false financial declaration. “I quit from my two political positions and as an MP,” Sanan, the Democrat Party’s political kingmaker, told reporters outside his house before leaving for a press conference at the Interior Ministry. Sanan said he would step down as one of six deputy prime ministers and as the member of parliament for his district in northern Phichit province. But he said he would stay on as secretary-general of the ruling Democrats in the run-up to a general election which must be called before November. Sanan and Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai had been under intense pressure since the National Counter Corruption Commission (NCCC) found yesterday that Sanan filed a false statement outlining a 45-million-baht loan from a trading company. No such loan was ever made, raising questions over the source of Sanan’s considerable personal wealth. Thailand’s Constitutional Court is due to issue a ruling on the NCCC decision next month. If the decision is upheld, Sanan would in any case automatically lose his job under a clause in Thailand’s new anti-corruption constitution. Chuan admitted today that the party’s electoral hopes could be harmed by the scandal. “This will affect the party a little bit,” he said. Chuan enjoys a reputation as an honest man, a priceless commodity in Thai politics which has been tainted by scandals and corruption for decades. Up until today, Sanan, a former soldier, was regarded as the second most influential member of the government after Chuan. He twice engineered Chuan’s ascent to power but pundits frequently alleged that his brand of political arm-twisting was outdated in a modernizing Thailand, and that he should retire. In the early 1980s, Sanan became extremely wealthy, though investigators have never traced the source of this money. Sanan, who wears shirts in a range of vibrant hues according to the days of the week, frequently and laughingly calls himself “unusually rich” and loves spending money on horse races. His wife’s political career has also been clouded in recent weeks after her victory in Senate elections was nullified by the Election Commission, which found her guilty of vote-buying.



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Motorbike driver smashes through glass window after accelerator malfunctions

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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A female motorbike driver has sustained injuries after her motorbike’s hand grip malfunctioned and she collided with a glass wall.

Chalong Police were notified of the incident at an air conditioning shop at 6pm yesterday on Chao Fa West Road in Chalong.

Police and emergency responders arrived and found the shattered glass wall and a damaged motorbike.

The injured 40 year old Naowarat Jankarn had already been taken to Chalong Hospital. She sustained injuries from cuts from the broken glass. polls of blood were found on the floor.

Ms Naowarat told police that she had parked her motorbike in front of the shop since Wednesday . The motorbike was underivable because the hand grip accelerator was malfunctioning.

Yesterday she started the motorbike, claiming she had forgotten about the broken accelerator.

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Police hunting for driver who threatened others with a gun on Phuket road – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Tiw Tiw

The Thalang Police are hunting for the driver who was threatening other motorists on Thepkrasattri Road by waving a gun around out of the driver’s window of his red sedan in Thalang this morning.

A Facebook user ‘Tiw Tiw’ has posted the video with a message reading “where are the police, please follow him. The incident happened this morning in Thalang.”

The video shows a car switching from one lane to another.  The driver shows a gun in his car window and then appears to throw it out (at least he used his indicator).

The Thalang Police are investigating the incident and want to find the car driver for questioning.

 

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Phuket’s hotel and property players look north

Bill Barnett

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by Bill Barnett of c9hotelworks.com

One of Greater Phuket’s real estate and hotel market’s that has a decided buzz of late is the area north of Phuket over the Sarasin bridge in Phang Nga.

In Natai Beach, the entry of the Baba Beach Club and nearby Akyra has created renewed visibility for the broad West Coast stretch of white sand beach, extending north beyond Phuket.

Two upscale hotels are in the development phase in the vicinity, with one being flagged to an international hotel operator.

Up at the 1,000 plus rai Thai Muang mega-project, movement is once again underway, as is a nearby massive Japanese-led mixed-use project including a golf course.

Land values are currently running amuck in the Koh Kloi area where the AOT (Airports of Thailand) has reportedly acquired land for an upcoming Phang Nga airport which will provide Phuket with a second gateway alternative.

Premium land transactions are taking place, with the most notable being the recent trade of the former oceanfront site in Bodan that was to be at various stages first a Raffles and later a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

Looking at Phuket’s light-rail initiative, one knock-on effect will be the eventual linkage between the island and larger connection to a broader rail terminus in Koh Kloi. This will likely spur real estate speculators to acquire peripheral locations.

As Phang Nga’s West Coast four land highway expansion moves forward to Khao Lak and beyond, Phuket’s Northern neighbor is seeing a renewed push in its tourism, property and infrastructure.

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