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  • OPINION

    'Boss', 'Pai' and the casino of (in)justice

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 29/07/2017

    » Place your bets on what's going to happen first: Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya being brought to court, or Jatupat "Pai Dao Din" Boonpattararaksa being granted bail.

  • OPINION

    Jatupat bail veto a puzzle

    News, Editorial, Published on 13/01/2017

    » Last Sunday, student activist Jatupat "Pai Dao Din" Boonpattararaksa had another bail request denied. Among more than 2,000 social media posters of a BBC Thai article on the monarchy, Mr Jatupat is the only person who was charged with lese majeste and computer crime. First, he got bail. Then, his bail was revoked and his subsequent bail requests denied -- on the grounds that he posted a new brief Facebook message seen as "ridiculing state power without fear of the law" and that he failed to delete the shared BBC story from his wall. He has been locked up since Dec 22.

  • OPINION

    Bail must be applied fairly

    News, Published on 14/08/2013

    » The recent pursuit and capture of an alleged passport forger has shown how deeply ingrained the problem of international crime has become. Human trafficking, drug smuggling and illegal immigration have become crimes on the scale of world-class conglomerates _ their profits are even bigger and they attract international criminals on an unprecedented scale.

  • OPINION

    Araibi case: own goals all round

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 11/02/2019

    » The contention that Thailand would not have been involved in the controversial case of Hakeem al-Araibi had it not received a red alert notice from Australian Interpol sounded ridiculous when I first heard it. Why would Australia issue an arrest warrant for a person it had granted asylum to?

  • OPINION

    We can't give up hope on bail for 'Pai'

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 04/02/2017

    » Let us keep writing about Pai Dao Din until he gets bail. Let us be patient but also passionate. Let us be cool-headed but also resolute. Let us be respectful of the court but also firm in our questioning. Let us be law-abiding citizens but also simple humans with beating hearts. Let us write even though only five people might read it.

  • OPINION

    Don't drag on Araibi case

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/01/2019

    » The government should reconsider the continued detention of the refugee Hakeem al-Araibi, known as the refugee football player. He is being held without bail at Bangkok Remand Prison as a flight risk, while authorities from Bahrain attempt to extradite him. There is little compelling evidence to send him to a dangerous and possibly violent fate in that country. On the other hand, there are strong reasons to free him to return to Australia, where he has lived for four years in asylum while working towards citizenship.

  • OPINION

    From Carlos-san to Ghosn 'yougisha' (suspect)

    News, Published on 16/01/2019

    » In the autumn of 2015, Carlos Ghosn more than likely overlooked Japan's National Tax Agency obtaining information on roughly 550,000 overseas accounts as part of increasing scrutiny of wealthy residents. It is quite possible his accounts were amongst this dataset. His lawyers may have realised this, albeit far too late, when Mr Ghosn was arrested on Nov 19 accused of falsifying financial reports in underreporting his income.

  • OPINION

    Two refugees, two different outcomes

    News, Published on 14/01/2019

    » Thailand's Proclamation: "We will not send anyone to die" -- what does this mean for Hakeem al-Araibi?

  • OPINION

    Oppressive to the last

    News, Editorial, Published on 08/11/2018

    » More than four years since the coup, there is still no end in sight to the systematic abuse of the law and intimidation by the police and military of political dissidents and ordinary citizens.

  • OPINION

    A failure to communicate

    News, Editorial, Published on 20/03/2018

    » The public are about to receive a bill for tens of billions of baht for goods they didn't order. It says right on the bill itself that people don't even want most of the items. But unless there is a major change in business demands, agency recommendations and government attitude the bill will come due within weeks. The payment will save digital TV operators and mobile phone company executives who made terrible decisions, and now want the country to bail them out.

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