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Crime, Courts, Calamity

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Phuket Denies Lifeguard Shortage is Killing Tourists

PHUKET — A senior official on Phuket said Monday the loss of the island’s regular lifeguards was not to blame for the drowning of a Russian tourist at Karon Beach, where seven others had to be rescued from the raging seas.

Taiwanese Customers Shut Inside Siam Square Salon For Not Paying

BANGKOK — It took two diplomats, an online culture lesson and a stuffed animal to smooth a Pacific Rim feud that flared up between two Taiwanese women the Bangkok salon owner they refused to pay.

DSI Mulls Lese Majeste Charge Against ‘Bogus’ Firm

BANGKOK — A royal defamation charge might be filed against a construction company that allegedly defrauded 300 million baht from its victims, the deputy director of the Department of Special Investigation, or DSI, said Thursday.

8 Years Since Last Thai Execution, Future of Death Penalty Uncertain

BANGKOK — Those campaigning for the abolition of the death penalty may take solace in the fact that no one has been executed for eight years. There have been no actual executions, but a senior government official said it’s simply impossible to predict when capital punishment will be abolished in Thailand.

Foreign Volunteer Cops Accused of Extorting Phuket Businesses

PHUKET — The chief of tourist police on Phuket on Tuesday declined to discuss accusations that two volunteer members of his force targeted foreign business owners and migrant workers in a racketeering scheme.

Chinese Tourist Drowns After Phuket Ends Lifeguard Service

PHUKET — A Chinese tourist drowned at the beach of Karon on Phuket island while there was no lifeguard on duty, local police said Saturday.

More Arrests Sought in 197 Million Yen Heist

BANGKOK — Five men accused of stealing a large amount of Japanese currency from two businessmen were taken to a parking lot Friday morning where they led police through a ritual “re-enactment” of their alleged crime.

Bangkok Literally Sinking in Sex as Brothels Steal Groundwater

BANGKOK — So much water is used for sex in Bangkok’s brothels that it is contributing to the gradual sinking of Bangkok, officials have warned.

4 Arrested in 197 Million Yen Robbery Case

BANGKOK — Four suspects were arrested Thursday in connection with the robbery of two businessmen who were beaten and mugged of 197 million yen, police said.

Jai Yen Na: Case of Japanese Cash Heist Not Difficult, Police Say

BANGKOK — Police said Wednesday a case involving two businessmen mugged for over 197 million yen Monday would be easily solved. Investigators Wednesday were reviewing...

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