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‘Benz Daemon’ returns and gets detained

A prime suspect in the macau888 online gambling case returned to Bangkok from Hong Kong on Tuesday night and was immediatey taken into police custody. He denied all charges.

On Wednesday morning Benz Daemon, was taken from this cell at Thung Song Hong police station to the Criminal Court. There, police applied to detain him for a further 12 days.

The 37-year-old suspect was arrested at Suvarnabhumi airport upon his arrival from Hong Kong. He reportedly left for the Chinese territory on Jan 16, a day after his former girlfriend, a famous actress in Thailand, accused him of being behind a major online gambling network, including the macau888 website. She also alleged he assaulted her.

Mr Chaiwat, the eldest of four brothers who include a former police inspector, was charged with organised gambling and laundering money.


Activists in Thailand to sue government over alleged use of Pegasus spyware

Thailand activists are reportedly suing the government over its alleged use of Pegasus spyware to monitor dissidents.

The case is the first of its kind in the country, with activists saying they hope it will raise awareness and help protect citizens.

The activists say the government is increasingly using surveillance technologies to monitor such groups.

The legal non-profit group iLaw is filing a lawsuit against the government for its alleged use of spyware that was developed by Israeli firm NSO Group.

iLaw is also reportedly filing a separate civil lawsuit against NSO.

Yingcheep Atchanont of iLaw says the case is not easy. He also says says his phone was infected 10 times with the Pegasus spyware.


Thai Meteorological department issues weather warning after Bangkok rain

The Thai meteorological Department has issued a weather warning after moderate to heavy rain hit 15 districts of Bangkok today.

The unexpected downpour caused flooding in several areas, with the highest rainfall of 62.5 millimetres recorded in Lat Krabang, according to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s (BMA) Flood Control Centre.

The 15 districts affected by the rain are: Lat Krabang, Min Buri, Khan Na Yao, Bueng Kum, Suan Luang, Bang Na, Prawet, Saphan Sung, Lat Phrao, Wang Thong Lang, Chatuchak, Bangkok Noi, Bangkok Yai, Phasi Charoen and Taling Chan.

The Thai Meteorological Department has issued a weather warning of thunderstorms in upper Thailand until Friday, February 17. It has also forecast a drop in temperatures by 1-3C and cautioned residents to beware of large trees and unsecured billboards. The department also advised farmers to prepare against crop damage.


Bangkok’s number of train passengers reaches all-time high

Bangkoks number of train passengers reached an all-time high on Friday, February 10. The number of people travelling by rail in and around Thailand’s capital city climbed to 1,577,330 that day, according to the Department of Rail Transport.

The department’s numbers revealed that the BTS Green Line served the most passengers, with 916,390 people using the service, The director-general of the Department of Rail Transport, explained that the high number of passengers was due to the Kaset Fair, held at Kasetsart University.

The number of people using rail services in Bangkok is steadily increasing, with 1.47 million passengers using the services on Songkran Day in April 2022 and the BTS Skytrain service recording 1.13 million passengers on December 12, 2019. The director general believes that commuters are turning to trains as a means of transportation due to their fast and convenient service, as well as to avoid traffic congestion

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