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Supreme Court says Layan beachfront is ‘public land’

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Today the Phuket Gazette visited Layan Beach following the verdict in the Thai Supreme Court that confirmed that the land, where six beach restaurants and businesses continue to operate, was public land. The land in question spans the an entire 3 kilometre frontage including stretches of Layan and Laypang beaches and covering some 178 rai of land.

Phuket Gazette approached three of the businesses. At the iconic Tony Restaurant, situated at the southern end of the 3-kilometre stretch of beach, the staff were reluctant to comment and even claimed they didn’t know who the Manager or owner of the restaurant was (which we found difficult to believe). They handed us a business card with two phone numbers. Both phone numbers were answered by the same person who stated they were not sure about the Court verdict and had no comment to make on the matter. When asked if we could have the Owner’s contact number they said ‘they weren’t sure’.

At two of the other restaurants the ‘Managers’ both spoke to us on condition of anonymity and stated, in essence, that they are aware of the Court verdict and were now waiting for local authorities to act. They were resigned to the fact that eviction notices would be placed on the beach restaurants, chair rental and beach toy businesses some time soon.

Meanwhile, the President of the Cherngtalay OrBorTor, MaAan Samran, says “the DSI will definitely ask for arrest warrants from the court if they don’t move off of the public land. Two of them have already been sentenced to jail and another one will be judged on February next year.” The ‘two’ he was referring to include people the DSI claimed were involved in the issuing of fake title deeds.

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President of the Cherngtalay OrBorTor, MaAan Samran

ORIGINAL STORY

The Supreme Court on November 1 confirmed the 6 businesses who tried to sue the government have lost their battle against Phuket local government offices including Thalang Land Office officers, Phuket Land Office Chief, Thalang District Chief, Phuket Administrative Office and Land Department.

The prosecutors include Orapan Ploypetch, Sodsai Ongsritrakul, Pitak Boonpotjanasunthorn and Sawat Thongpaiyuth, who had businesses on Layan Beach, were given warnings from the officials to move out as the location were public land.

Initially, this land was set on three Nor Sor 3 Kor but later the Land Department set a committee to revoke the papers in 1984.

Later on, Thalang Land Office filed the 178-rai land plot to be preserved as public land following the agreement of Land Administration Committee and Land Act Section 20, year 2001.

After the case was filed, there were several high-ranking military officers trying to issue a land deed on the plot. The Governor by then set a new committee to investigate the cases and that’s when the prosecution started, claiming that the authorities were claiming the land as public land on allegedly privately owned land.

“This case concerns Phuket’s natural resources and environment which the Department of Special Investigations took on as a special case. The final judgement proves that the land is public land and the DSI will coordinate with all official sectors on the island to enforce the law, making the 6 business owners and their staff move out,” said Pol Lt Col Montree Boonyayotin, Director of Natural Resource and Environment Case Division, Department of Special Investigation (DSI).

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Pol Lt Col Montree Boonyayotin, Director of Natural Resource and Environment Case Division, Department of Special Investigation (DSI)

The DSI, alongside the local authorities, held a meeting on Thursday (November 2) at the Cherngtalay Administrative Organisation (OrBorTor) to discuss the next steps now that the case has been finalised.

“Now that this case has been finalised and the judgment handed down, the next step is for local authorities to place eviction notices on the properties to force the people encroaching on the land illegally to move out,” he said after the meeting.

“We will also continue to keep records of the encroachers, both the initial ones and the ones who came later. When the appropriate time has passed for them to move we will have to bring the arrest warrants from the Court. If anyone from the encroachers is arrested, I will not approve for bail. For the people who issued land papers after the land was announced to be public, they will be prosecuted for encroachment.”

 

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Not recommended: Smoking marijuana at a police checkpoint

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Most of us approach a police checkpoint with a bit of anxiety and apprehension but sometimes the “sabai sabai” approach makes for a more interesting interaction when you roll down your window.
Last night in Chaiyaphum province, central Thailand, a tattoo-adorned man was stopped at a checkpoint in Kaeng Khro district around 9pm. His behaviour led police to believe he may be under the influence of drugs and the officers decided to question him and submit a field sobriety test – usually described in the police report as ‘acting suspiciously’.
After the interrogation, the police discovered he is 33 year old Mr Montri Thepmongkolkul. The officers checked his temperature to comply with Covid-19 safety protocol when suddenly Montri returned to his vehicle, pulled out a homemade bong and with reckless abandon started smoking marijuana.

Montri demanded that the officers take him to prison while he prepared all the stuff he would need while imprisoned which including a cutting board he uses to separate the seeds and stems from his marijuana (aka. ‘essential items’).

After he was all packed, he sat down in his pick up truck to enjoy some well deserved munchies. Baffled by the boldness, officers complied with his request but it was when officers took him to the police station that reality set in for Montri and he went berserk and had to be contained.

Afterwards, the police found that the alcohol level in his blood exceeded the legal limit and he was formally arrested and his wish was granted.

SOURCE: The Nation 

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Thailand News Today – Tuesday, April 7

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New coronavirus cases in Thailand fall to 38, 1 more death

In another dramatic drop in new case numbers, Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration reported only 38 new Covid-19 coronavirus cases in the previous 24 hours, and one additional death.

The cumulative death toll for Thailand now stands at 27.

The 38 new infections appears to show a declining trend from the 51 cases reported yesterday and and the 102 logged on Sunday, but officials warn there is no way to know the actual number of cases and how quickly the virus is spreading because, as is the case worldwide, very few people in Thailand have been tested.

Of the new 38 cases, 17 people were in close contact with previous patients. 11 of them were in Bangkok and contracted the disease from family members, colleagues and friends. 7 new patients worked in crowded areas or closely with foreigners: 

Other new cases included 3 health workers, 3 visitors to crowded places and 3 Thais who returned from overseas. 5 cases are still under investigation.

Surat Thani village headman kills monk and his assistant

Avillage headman in Surat Thani has been arrested after allegedly killing a monk and his assistant near the entrance to Khao Phela monastery. 

Police arrived at the scene at 2am where they found a pickup loaded with torches, fuel and coconut husks. A 48 year old man was lying dead on the back of the vehicle with a gunshot wound to his neck.

10 metres away was the dead body of a 49 year old monk lying on the ground. He had two gunshot wounds, one in the back of his head and the other in his chest.

A .32 handgun was found near his body.

55 year old Manop Kopin, the headman of a village in tambon Samor Thong, was waiting for authorities and surrendered himself. Police are continuing the investigation.

Indonesian cases spike, 24 doctors have now died

The Indonesian archipelago has announced its highest daily increase in Covid-19 coronavirus cases. There has also been a concerning rise in the deaths of doctors and health workers at the frontline of the national fight against the disease. Statistics have doubled in the last week.

The 209 confirmed deaths is the highest death rate and number of fatalities in Asia, outside of China. 

A spokesman for the Indonesian Doctors Association, also confirmed that 24 Indonesian doctors have now died from Covid-19 causing regional medical authorities to fear that the real rate of Covid-19 infections in Indonesia is much higher than reported.

CAUTION: Sterilising machines unsafe for humans

Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration deputy secretary-general says that The World Health Oraganisation is encouraging people not to use any Covid-19 “sterilising machine services”, including UV and spray tunnels.

He says they are harmful to the skin and exposure to the radiation or chemicals may even cause cancer.

“Most of the antiseptic used in the spray tunnels are those allowed for sterilising surfaces of various materials, but not for human skin. 

Don Mueang Airport uses hiatus to upgrade

Bangkok’s Don Mueang international airport is turning the Covid-19 crisis into an opportunity to do a make-over whilst there is virtually no one in the terminal.

The coronavirus outbreak has forced the suspension of domestic and international flights, grinding air traffic into and out of Don Mueang airport to a complete halt.

So the airport is pushing ahead with a refurb costing 126 million baht.

There are three projects – a 99 million baht improvement of the air-conditioning system, a re-carpeting of most of the terminal priced at 18 million baht, and a nine million baht switch to LED lights to save energy.

Don Mueang is the country’s second busiest airport, after Suvarnabhumi. A plan is also afoot to expand Don Mueang largely served by budget carriers.

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Police hunt Burmese man accused of killing Chon Buri boy

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Police in Chon Buri have launched a manhunt for a Burmese worker who is a suspect in the murder of an 11 year old boy. The boy’s body was found in a cassava farm in the province’s Sri Racha district on Sunday.

Police believe the 49 year old Burmese national known only as “Wan,” may still be hiding in Chon Buri.

The search was launched after the boy’s mother, known as “Malika,” told police that Wan had recently threatened to harm her and her son.

She told police that Wan had been dating her 62 year old mother for more than 10 years, but their relationship turned sour 2 months ago. After seeing Wan beat up her mother, she told her to leave him. When Wan found out, he threatened to hurt her and her son.

Police raided the suspect’s home but found only his ID documents. So police believe that he may still be hiding somewhere in the province. Nevertheless, police have alerted immigration authorities that the suspect may try to cross the border to Myanmar.

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | 77kaoded

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