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Friday, June 22, 2018

Singer Gets 7 Years for Lese Majeste, Must Write ‘Reconciliation Song’

BANGKOK — A singer-turned-activist was sentenced today by the Criminal Court to seven and a half years in prison for defaming the monarchy, and instructed to author a song promoting national reconciliation after he has served his time.
Still image from an Energy Ministry video about saving electricity based on the 'last will and testament' scenes from legendary lakorn classic 'Baan Sai Tong.' Image: Energy Ministry / YouTube

Make a Will or Leave Loved Ones at the Mercy of Thai Law

Culturally, Thais are not really in the habit of making wills to manage and distribute assets after death, preferring to let the law take...

Prosecutor Backtracks on Bringing Red Bull Heir to Court

BANGKOK — Four years after billionaire Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya killed a police officer with his Ferrari, and a month after he failed to turn himself in again, the case is again receding from view without so much as an arrest warrant issued.

Poisoned Lives: After 13 Years, Klity Community Prevails Over Lead Mine

KANCHANABURI — One of Thailand’s longest-running cases of environmental litigation ended after 13 years Thursday with ethnic villagers prevailing over the company which sickened them by dumping lead into their water supply.

Amnesty Campaigns Against Prosecution of Thai Lawyer

BANGKOK — London-based rights group Amnesty International called on its members Monday to encourage Thailand’s military government to drop a count of sedition and other charges against a human rights lawyer.

Sentences Upheld for Soldiers Linked to Alleged Thaksin Assassination Plot

BANGKOK — The highest military court on Monday upheld convictions of three military officers on weapons charges related to an alleged 2006 assassination plot...

Activists Calling for Pai Dao Din’s Freedom Charged With Contempt of Court

KHON KAEN — Four university students who have campaigned for the immediate release of lese majeste activist suspect became criminal suspects themselves.

For Beating British Family Senseless, 4 Men Sentenced to 2 Years

Four men convicted of beating three British tourists senseless during Thai New Year celebrations have been sentenced to two years in jail each.

‘Murder Babes’ Get 34 Years For Dismembering Rival

KHON KAEN — A year after they became objects of repugnance and desire for their salacious tale of sex, drugs and murder, three women and a man were convicted Thursday of murdering and dismembering a young woman.

Yingluck Attorney Says Asset Seizure Should Wait as PM Threatens Supporters

BANGKOK — A lawyer for former premier Yingluck Shinawatra said Monday authorities should delay their attempt to seize her bank account assets as compensation...

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