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Thai Court Finds British Labor Activist Defamed Fruit Firm

BANGKOK — A court in the Thai capital has ordered a British labor rights activist to pay 10 million baht (USD$321,000) in damages to a company that filed a civil defamation suit after he helped expose alleged human rights violations at its factory.

Activist Leader Held on Eve of Rally to Dissolve Junta

KHON KAEN — A pro-democracy activist was detained briefly at a military court Friday, one day before he plans to lead a protest demanding that the military abolish the ruling junta.

Laotian Drug Lord Sentenced to Life in Prison

BANGKOK — A Laotian man dubbed the “biggest drug lord” in Thailand’s northeast was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison.

Premchai Gets Bail, Not Allowed to Leave Country

BANGKOK — The Criminal Court on Wednesday afternoon granted the CEO of Italian-Thai Development bail under the condition he not leave Thailand.

Trans Lecturer Wins Thammasat Discrimination Suit

BANGKOK — International Women’s Day saw a former transgender lecturer prevail in her discrimination suit against the nation’s second oldest university.
Photo: Thierry Pol / Facebook

Foreign ‘DSI Agent’ Threatens Editor to Remove Story on Russian Whistleblowers

BANGKOK — The Department of Special Investigations, or DSI, said Saturday it would investigate a foreigner claiming to be one of its agents who threatened a news editor to remove a story about the recent arrests of Russian and Belorussian social media personalities in Pattaya.
Mitsutoki Shigeta, the scion of a Japanese telecom billionaire, fled Thailand soon after a police raid on a Lat Phrao condo discovered many babies stored there. Photo: Immigration Bureau

Japanese ‘Super Dad’ Wins Custody of 13 Babies Born to Thai Surrogates

BANGKOK — Several years after a ward of babies born by Thai surrogates for an eccentric Japanese millionaire set off a legal battle, a court Tuesday awarded custody of ...
Undated photo of former Thammakaset chicken farm workers. Photo: Andy Hall / Twitter

Defamation Trial Opens Against Chicken Farm Workers

BANGKOK — A court began hearing testimony Wednesday in the latest battle between a poultry producer and 14 migrant workers from Myanmar who say...

Charges Dropped Against Historian Over ‘Elephant Duel’

BANGKOK — All charges were dropped Wednesday morning against a renowned social critic and historian who questioned whether an ancient story of a Thai king’s elephant battle was apocryphal.

7 Convicted For Murder of Disabled Bread Vendor

BANGKOK — Seven defendants were sentenced to between 12 and 19 years in prison for the savage murder of a disabled bread vendor in broad daylight nearly two years ago.

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