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4,000+ Year Prison Sentence for Japan Scam Mastermind

BANGKOK — The mastermind of a tour scam that left thousands of holidaymakers bound for Japan stranded at an airport last year was sentenced to more than 4,000 years in prison Wednesday.

Thai Law: Case Closed on Airbnb. Here’s Why it Won’t Matter.

The law is now clear: Airbnb is illegal. Read why that is unlikely to halt its growth.

Thai Law: Landlord Not Playing By New Rules? Here’s What to Do.

Two weeks after new consumer protections came into effect, few landlords are abiding by them. Should you roll over and give up? No, you should not.

Russian ‘Sex Guru,’ Followers Blame US for Continued Detention

PATTAYA — A Russian sex guru and his followers, one of whom claims to have evidence of Moscow's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, were acquitted Tuesday of violating labor laws in Thailand but still face other charges that could land them in prison for more than 10 years.
Anastasia Vashukevich, center, walks into a prison transport vehicle outside a courthouse in Pattaya, south of Bangkok, Thailand, on Tuesday. Photo: Gemunu Amarasinghe / Associated Press

Russian ‘Sex Guru,’ and Followers Make Thai Court Appearance

PATTAYA — A Russian sex guru and his followers, one of whom claims to have evidence of Moscow's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, were acquitted by a court in Thailand on Tuesday on charges of violating labor laws but still face more serious charges which could land them in prison for more than 10 years.

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.

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 ...

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