Category Archives: Business

Navy man admits involvement in car laundering

A naval officer attached to the Supreme Command turned himself in at Wang Thong Land police station on Friday to face charge of falsifying documents and used counterfeit documents concerning a Porsche sports car which was already impounded by the police.

Accompanied by officials of the judge-advocate department, Commander Suthat Wantavek reportedly told enquiry officers of Wang Thong Land police station he was aware that the yellow Porsche in question had a fake registration certificate and the car was illegally modified.

After the initial questioning, Suthat was charged with abetting the falsification of official documents. He was later released on 10,000 baht bail.

Three suspects were earlier arrested for involvement in falsification of papers and using false documents. They were identified as Somdul Sridurongrith, Pornchai Tiyavanich and Chinkrit Tanyamont. They were released on bail.

Informed police source said that 3-4 police officers might be involved with the gang in falsifying documents concerning with luxurious cars whose import prices were alleged to be overly under-declared.

The Porsche has been sent to Forensic Crime Detection Division for close inspection.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Drainage official dies while supervising water pumping in Lat Phrao

A city official succumbed to his death from sudden heart attack as he was supervising water pumping operations in Lat Phrao area on Thursday.

The 57-year old official, Narong Bamrungsin, who was in charge of drainage in Soi Narkvivas 40, which was flooded today like many others soi in Lat Phrao area.

Witnesses said that Narong who was supervising water pumping operations to drain flood water into the klong suddenly collapsed on the concrete ground. Residents then rushed to his rescue and called an ambulance.

Medics who arrived in ambulance applied CPR on Narong, but to no avail as he was already dead at the scene.

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwangmuang, in his Facebook page, offered condolence to the victim's family. He promised to take care of the family.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Two houses on Khao Takiab in Hua Hin to be demolished

About 100 police, army and local officials on Wednesday inspected two houses located on Khao Takiab hill in Hua Hin seaside resort town suspected to be encroaching on state land.

Hua Hin district officer Rootprateep Thampitak who headed the inspection said that initial findings showed that the two houses which are for rent by tourists encroach on state land.

The owner of the two houses, 65-year old Lt-Col Suwat Vivattananont, was then told to dismantle the houses within 180 days. But he said that he would appeal against the demolition order.

Mr Rootprateep further said that it was discovered that a few other resorts in the Khao Takiab area were found to have partially encroached on the beach which was regarded as public land.

The beach used to be mangrove forest which was reclaimed by encroachers.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Two houses on Khao Takiab in Hua Hin to be demolished

About 100 police, army and local officials on Wednesday inspected two houses located on Khao Takiab hill in Hua Hin seaside resort town suspected to be encroaching on state land.

Hua Hin district officer Rootprateep Thampitak who headed the inspection said that initial findings showed that the two houses which are for rent by tourists encroach on state land.

The owner of the two houses, 65-year old Lt-Col Suwat Vivattananont, was then told to dismantle the houses within 180 days. But he said that he would appeal against the demolition order.

Mr Rootprateep further said that it was discovered that a few other resorts in the Khao Takiab area were found to have partially encroached on the beach which was regarded as public land.

The beach used to be mangrove forest which was reclaimed by encroachers.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

General Prem represents HM the King at grand merit-making ceremony

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun graciously assigned Privy Council President General Prem Tinsulanonda to represent him to preside over the grand merit-making ceremony held at Dusit Throne Hall of the Grand Palace as a tribute to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, former Thai kings and Phra Siam Devathiraj and to bless Her Majesty the Queen.

The grand merit-making ceremony was initiated by HM the King.

Also attending the ceremony were 175 monks led by the Supreme Patriarch.

Phra Budda Norasing, a Buddha statue of the ancient Chiang Saen era, was also brought from Amporn Throne Hall for this ceremony.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Fine Arts Department asked to demand return of Khmer lintel from US museum

The Fine Arts Department was asked by local officials in Ta Phraya district of Sakaeo to demand the return of an ancient Khmer-era lintel from a museum in San Francisco which was said to be located at Khao Loan ruins in the district about 50 years ago.

Ta Phraya district officer Arayan Tamyai said that there were pictures taken about 50 years ago showing the lintel placed on Khao Loan ancient ruin located in Ta Phraya district near the Cambodian border.

The lintel was recently found to be kept at the Chong-moon Lee museum in San Francisco.

69-year old Prasarn Chamdam, a villager of Tambon Taprach, claimed that when he was a boy, he accompanied his father to Khao Loan ruins with their cattle and saw the lintel on top of a gate. He added that there used to be four sculptured lions on the four corners of the ruins too, but they are gone now.

Tambon Taprach mayor Pornpong Saowapong also urged the Fine Arts Department to repair the ancient ruins or it will collapse.

Khao Loan ruins has been registered as a historical site, but renovation is yet to be conducted.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Three cops under probe for allowing two arrested suspects to escape

Three non-commissioned police officers of Pone Thong district police were placed under investigation for allowing a visit of two suspects in detention cell by a girlfriend and enabling them to escape.

The superintendent of Pone Thong district police ordered a probe team to be set up to investigate the three police officers, Kimhan Sunthrarak, Chalard and Preecha Kamjoongjung, following the escape of two suspects from the detention cell in the district police station.

Chalard later explained that he opened the cell door to allow the woman to visit the two suspects and forgot to lock the door as he went out to dispose garbage. The two men and their woman then slipped out of the cell and escaped.

Chalard said he had no intention to set free the two suspects, but admitted that he was ignorant.

The two suspects were arrested on May 18 on drug charges.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Chinese tourist went missing while jet skiing at Koh Samui

Marine police and jet ski drivers on Friday launched a search of a Chinese tourist who went missing while driving a jet ski in the sea off Koh Samui on Thursday.

Led by marine police, about 20 jet skis took part in the search for the Chinese tourist, Zhen Wen-tuk, who was reported to be heading toward Koh Som when heavy rainstorm struck.

The owner of the jet ski then sent its men to look for Zhen because he was supposed to return the vessel after 30 minutes. But he could not be located and a complaint was lodged with the police in the evening.

Search began Friday morning with 20 jet skis being deployed and lasted the whole day, but still there was no trace of Mr Zhen.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)