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Where’s Yingluck? Reactions to Today’s Verdict Vanishing Act

BANGKOK — Friday morning’s much-anticipated verdict in the politically fraught trial of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was, according to the pundits, supposed to go one of three ways: exoneration, conviction with jail time or conviction with jail time suspended.

‘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.

American Who Kept Dead American in Freezer Gets 43 Years

BANGKOK — Police said Monday they still don't have all the pieces to the puzzle to explain why an American calendar publisher wound up in a shophouse ice box after their lead suspect was sentenced to over four decades in prison.

50,000 Defamation Suits May Be Dropped Wednesday

BANGKOK — The lead author of the revised Computer Crime Act and a public prosecutor said Tuesday that the law can no longer be used as a tool for defamation lawsuits, and all those filed under it must be dismissed.

Briton to be Charged for Alleged Abuse of Frenchman’s Kids

CHONBURI — Two young children remained in state care Wednesday after being separated from their parents in a custody battle involving allegations of child molestation that could drag on for months.

‘Hopeful but Not Optimistic,’ Longtime Rights Defender Leaves Thailand

BANGKOK — Thaksin Shinawatra and Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha are divisive figures perched on opposite edges of a deeply divided country. If Thaksin is good, then Prayuth is anathema, and vice versa. The difference depends on individuals’ political inclinations. Not quite for Sam Zarifi, outgoing regional director for Asia and Oceania of the International Commission of Jurists, or ICJ.
Decha Kittivittayanan, left, and Kanchai “Noom” Kamnerdploy, right, holding the cheques for compensation in front of the Civil Court on August 6.

9 Years Later, ‘Praewa’ Delivers Compensation to Car Crash Victims

BANGKOK — After nine years in court, representatives of a wealthy teen convicted of killing nine people in a car crash in 2010 have...
Hakeem Ali Mohamed Ali Al-Araibi in lockup at Suvarnabhumi Airport in November. Photo: Human Rights Watch / Courtesy

Thailand Begins Extradition of Bahraini Football Player

Update: Bahraini Football Player Moved to Jail Before Extradition Hearing (Video) BANGKOK — Thai authorities have approved an arrest warrant for a detained Bahraini footballer with...

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.

Yingluck Safe in Dubai, Source Says

BANGKOK — A source close to the Shinawatra family revealed Sunday that fugitive former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is safe in Dubai and would like to have time to reflect on the state of matters.

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