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  • OPINION

    No avoiding taking tax cheats to task

    News, Editorial, Published on 10/04/2016

    » In response to the massive Panama Papers leak, which has revealed the names of individuals linked to 214,000 companies which park their money overseas, Thailand's Anti-Money Laundering Office announced on Friday that it would investigate those whose names appear.

  • OPINION

    Public trust takes a knock

    News, Editorial, Published on 08/05/2017

    » A large step back from public trust occurred last week. It is difficult to say which situation is worse, that the government has moved the country's financial crime-fighting guru in a high-profile investigation, or that it took more than a year to do it. Either way, the decision to move to the PM's Office the Anti-Money Laundering Office former chief Seehanat Prayoonrat is a shock. Authorities must explain the details.

  • OPINION

    Less standoff, more justice

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/06/2016

    » The confrontation between Department of Special Investigation (DSI) officers and followers of Wat Phra Dhammakaya's abbot wanted in connection to a money-laundering case gripped the nation Thursday, but the showdown was completely uncalled for.

  • OPINION

    Drug case in the limelight

    News, Editorial, Published on 08/02/2017

    » Several police agencies were pleased with the arrest on Jan 20 of the alleged drug lord Xaysana Keopimpha. In particular, there were four discrete agencies involved in the case. The main office of the Royal Thai Police, the Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB), the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) and the independent Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) have all clung tenaciously to the case. Mr Xaysana is said to be the biggest kingpin arrested in Thailand in more than 40 years. Unfortunately, authorities are treating the case more like a local soap opera instead of the three-nation cross-border crime it appears to be.

  • OPINION

    Justice system fails nation

    News, Editorial, Published on 11/04/2018

    » Brazil has just imprisoned for corruption the most popular politician ever elected as the country's president. South Korea has just convicted and jailed the history-making first woman president in its history -- for corruption. Thais have every right to be impressed and depressed by these cases. Here, the justice system has been unable to conclude a simple corruption investigation of Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon.

  • OPINION

    Strict guide for tour firms

    News, Editorial, Published on 22/09/2016

    » The government's move to regulate zero-dollar tours from mainland China is necessary, however, more long-term measures are needed to ensure fairness to all concerned.

  • OPINION

    A culture of impunity

    News, Editorial, Published on 27/05/2016

    » Two developments this week highlight, once again, a long-standing problem in our society -- the inability to enforce the rule of law.

  • OPINION

    Respect the rule of law

    News, Editorial, Published on 02/06/2016

    » There is no doubt that law enforcement officials and the government are at a thorny and highly sensitive stage of the controversy surrounding Phra Dhammajayo, the abbot of Wat Dhammakaya.

  • OPINION

    Doping woes run deep

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/11/2015

    » The Russian athletic officials and a few track and field competitors have been caught doping. But that is only the tip of the iceberg. The Russians got away with it for a long time by bribing the top international track and field officials who knew they were cheating. The head of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), a previously admired man and a UK sporting hero, knew nothing about this during three years in charge. Those involved with doping must be banned for life, but this dirty business goes much further, and has many more victims.

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