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    New attack on nominee loopholes

    Published on 05/09/2013

    » The office of the Ombudsman is seeking new legislation to prevent foreigners illegally owning land via Thai nominees. Under the proposed legislation, foreigners would face long terms of imprisonment or fines up to two million baht for trying to hide their purchase of land. Those found holding Thai papers illegally might be allowed up to a year to transfer the plots to legitimate entities. The current loopholes are said to be mainly setting up registered companies with a 51:49 Thai-foreign ownership or by marrying a Thai. There is a suspicion that many plots of land are illegally owned by Thais in mainland Thailand and on the islands of Phuket and Koh Samui. At the moment land ownership deals are not public information, leading to suspicious transactions by Thais and foreigners alike. Critics say that there is no reason for new laws. What’s needed is strict enforcement of existing legislation including the anti-money laundering rules and the notoriously lax tax laws on property transactions.

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    Drunken Russian breaks baht bus windscreen

    Published on 05/09/2013

    » Unable to name his destination, a Russian tourist flared up and broke the windshield of a baht bus. The driver, Surachai, said the Russian flagged down the songthaew on Second Road, and climbed in back. After riding for about a kilometer, Surachai stopped and asked where the passenger was going. The tourist appeared drunk and became angry enough to slam his elbow into the windscreen. When police arrived at the scene they were unable to communicate with the Russian. The Russian was taken to the police station, then left and went to sleep outside the Montien Hotel. He will be rearrested when the booze wears off and a translator is available.

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    Angry factory worker stabs colleague

    Published on 08/08/2013

    » A woman confessed to stabbing to death a fellow factory worker suspected of having burgled her room. The incident took place at the RT Transport Company in Banglamung. Nuanchawee Boonphrom, age 34, told police that she had murdered Kaesorn Sukpee, 44, in cold blood  after a furious argument about thefts. The dead woman was found with knife wounds amid pools of blood, but her bankbook and mobile phone had not been stolen. Police found no evidence that the dead woman had stolen Nuanchawee’s property. Investigations continue.

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    Motorbike thieves rob Swiss woman

    Published on 08/08/2013

    » A woman carrying 7,000 baht, a mobile phone, a credit card and a passport was attacked as she was driving along Soi Buakhao on her motorbike. Milica Ceh, age 48, apparently was followed by two men on a motorbike who bumped into her bike causing it to crash. In the confusion, the 48-year-old woman lost her shoulder bag containing the valuables. She was taken to hospital. Police assigned a special detective to look into the case. The assaulted woman was unable to give a detailed description of her attackers but said they were men wearing black T-shirts.

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    Snooker legend plays in Pattaya

    Published on 08/08/2013

    » Snooker legend Ken Doherty will play a series of exhibition matches here in Pattaya, starting at The Kilkenny Bar on Soi LK Metro on Sunday, Sept. 8. The following evening, Monday, he will play at the Sportsman Pub on Beach Road Soi 13. Both events start at 8 p.m.

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    Sexual services were not provided

    Published on 13/08/2013

    » Amorn Chaivongfhun, a 26-year-old Thai women, reported at the Pattaya police station that she had been cheated of a valuable iPhone. She claimed to have met a man in a shop on Walking Street who said he could provide an excellent time in bed. After accepting his offer and going to his room, Amorn stepped into the shower and the man stepped out of the room with her 20,000-baht mobile phone. Police later caught 46-year-old Chalermporn Saeung who admitted to the theft and offered to return the iPhone to avoid going to jail. He was released after giving back the telephone and paying a 2,000 baht fine.

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    Mystery gun found in nightclub

    Published on 13/08/2013

    » Police raided a nightclub on Third Road and asked the merrymakers to pass urine in plastic cups, all of which proved negative for banned substances. However, the raid did reveal a loaded handgun in the club’s office. Nobody came forward to claim ownership of the weapon and the police confiscated as evidence. The next day a big shot turned up at Pattaya police station and reported the name and address of the gun’s owner. A police spokesman said the gun had not yet been checked to determine if it was properly registered.

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    Big discounts in off-season

    Published on 13/08/2013

    » <p>Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and officials of the business and tourist industry formally opened the Pattaya Grand Sale at a ceremony at Central Festival Pattaya Beach. Many stores, restaurants and sporting organizations are offering discounts of up to 50 percent in order to boost business in the slow season.</p>

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    Chips down in a poker game

    Published on 16/08/2013

    » Police raided a house on Pratumnak Road where several men and women were playing poker for high-stakes. Police seized the poker table, playing cards, poker chips and, of course, piles of cash&#8211;reportedly about 300,000 baht. Officers also discovered an account book revealing that the illegal gambling had been going on for several months. American Matthew Mortensen was said to be one of the organizers, whilst two Cambodians in the den were assistants earning around 2,000 baht a time. Seven people were taken into custody; others managed to escape through side exits and windows.

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    Drinking session leads to deportation

    Published on 13/07/2013

    » A labourers’ camp at Pattaya’s Soi 5 was the scene of a boozing session which went wrong when police turned up and discovered 19 Cambodians who were working illegally in the Kingdom.  The illegals said that they had had to pay 3,000 baht to be brought to Thailand and were disappointed only to receive 100-200 baht a day for heavy manual work in a 70-hour week.  One of the Cambodians, Nok, was hit with a metal pipe during an alcohol-related argument with other Cambodians; his assailants escaped in the confusion as police arrived.  All those caught will be returned to the Cambodian border, but they may turn up here again soon.

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