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Future Forward Strikes Back Against Anti-Monarchy Claim

BANGKOK — Accused of defaming the monarchy by a royal descendant, the Future Forward Party hit back Wednesday with a pair of libel lawsuits, saying its reputation was at stake in the run-up to Election Day.

Court Cuts Praewa’s Restitution to Victims by a Third

BANGKOK — A young woman who became a symbol of injustice after killing nine people in a car crash seven years ago had her court-ordered compensation reduced by nearly 10 million baht by a court Wednesday.

Disappeared Activist and Wife Sentenced to Prison

CHAIYAPHUM — A land-rights activist believed to have been forcibly disappeared over a year ago and the wife who has campaigned to learn what happened to him were both sentenced by the Supreme Court on Thursday to six months in jail.

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.
Players try to grab prizes using claw machines at a Chiang Mai shopping mall on June 16.

Decade-Old Ban on Claw Machines Finally Enforced

BANGKOK — A ban on claw machine games is finally being enforced, more than a decade after the Supreme Court ruled they are illegal gambling machines. 
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.
Gerald Margolis, center left, branch manager of Philip Morris in Thailand, talks to reporters at Criminal Court in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. The court has found the local unit of tobacco giant Philip Morris guilty of evading taxes by under-declaring the value of cigarettes it imported from the Philippines, and ordered the company to pay a fine of 1.2 billion baht ($39.7 million). Photo: AP

Court Fines Philip Morris $39.7 Million for Tax Evasion

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Friday found the local unit of tobacco giant Philip Morris guilty of evading taxes by under-declaring the value of cigarettes it imported from the Philippines. It ordered the company to pay a fine of 1.2 billion baht ($39.7 million).
Wirapol Sukphol arrives at the Department of Special Investigation in 2017 in a monk robe after leaving the United States.

Disgraced Monk Sentenced for Raping 13-Year-Old He Impregnated

BANGKOK — A court on Wednesday sentenced a former Buddhist monk known for his jet-set lifestyle to 16 years in prison for raping a...

Jenphop Jailed for Crash That Killed 2 Grad Students

AYUTTHAYA — The court on Wednesday convicted businessman Jenphop Viraporn for a car crash that killed two grad students a year ago.
The National Legislative Assembly meets this past December in Bangkok. Photo: Prachachat

Lawmakers Warn of Abuse of Power if Wiretapping Law Passes

BANGKOK — The president of the anti-corruption commission on Thursday tried to play down concerns over the possibility it could soon be allowed to wiretap and intrude on internet privacy by saying 80 other countries had done the same.

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