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  1. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai lèse-majesté cases have surged since coup, Amnesty says

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 12:35pm by AFP

    ... during an October 2013 university play which featured a fictitious monarchy. In another recent case, a 28-year-old musician was sentenced to 15 years in jail for writing insulting Facebook posts about the monarchy between 2010 and 2011. Junta spokesman Winthai Suvaree denied there had been an increase in royal defamation charges under his regime. "They are old cases... but probably ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1590067/thai-lese-majeste-cases-have-surged-coup-amnesty-says
  2. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thailand vows leniency on families caught up in surrogacy controversy

    Posted Aug 24th 2014, 05:44am by AFP

    ... military rulers have pledged leniency in the cases of babies born to surrogate mothers, as they toughen rules on the lucrative but largely unregulated industry following a series of scandals. ... on a case-by-case basis." Commercial surrogacy is banned by Thailand's Medical Council, but until recently even top fertility clinics were believed to offer the service. The junta has vowed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1580120/thailand-vows-leniency-families-caught-surrogacy-controversy
  3. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Murder charges against former Thai premier Abhisit Vejjajiva dismissed

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 11:20pm by AFP

    ... former premier Thaksin Shinawatra and security forces firing live rounds in Bangkok. A criminal court, which had agreed to hear the charges, ruled that it did not have jurisdiction in the case ... The National Anti-Corruption Commission is now expected to consider whether the pair abused their power with the crackdown. If it believes there is sufficient grounds, the panel can forward the case ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581559/murder-charges-against-former-thai-premier-abhisit-vejjajiva-dismissed
  4. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai court gives PM more time to prepare defence in abuse of power case

    Posted Apr 23rd 2014, 02:08pm by Reuters in Bangkok

    ... Reuters in Bangkok Thai Constitutional Court gives embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra until May 2 to prepare defence in abuse of power case Thailand’s Constitutional Court ... Constitutional Court spokesman Somrit Chaiwong Thawil was reinstated to his post in March but the Constitutional Court accepted a case brought against Yingluck by a group of 27 senators who petitioned ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1495064/thai-court-gives-pm-more-time-prepare-defence-abuse-power-case
  5. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Former Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra returns home as legal threat lingers

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 06:12pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Bangkok Prosecutors weigh pressing case against the former PM for mismanaging rice-buying scheme Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has returned home from a trip ... Muang airport close to midnight on Sunday, her aide, Wim Roongwattanajinda, said, adding that her lawyers were ready to fight the case. Yingluck was forced by a court to step down on May ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1571441/former-thai-pm-yingluck-shinawatra-returns-home-legal-threat-lingers
  6. News - Asia - THAILAND

    UN decries Thailand’s harsh punishments for royal slurs

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 09:38pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bangkok UN slams Thai penalties for royal slurs The UN human rights office has voiced alarm at recent arrests and jail sentences for insulting Thailand's monarchy, warning of "chilling effects" on freedom of expression under the junta. Since the army seized power in May, at least 13 new royal defamation cases had been opened and other ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1577859/un-decries-thailands-harsh-punishments-royal-slurs
  7. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai court takes on case against PM Yingluck as pressure mounts

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 04:07pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Bangkok Yingluck Shinawatra faces several legal changes, including possible impeachment A Thai court accepted a new case on Wednesday against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, ... determined to stamp out the influence of her brother, ousted ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra. The Constitutional Court accepted a case brought by a group of 27 senators who petitioned it to rule ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1463172/thai-court-takes-case-against-pm-yingluck-pressure-mounts
  8. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai surrogate mum wants healthy twin back amid reports biological father is convicted paedophile

    Posted Aug 05th 2014, 10:40pm by AP

    ... The case has caused intense public interest in Thailand and Australia. At a press conference in her hometown, Pattaramon said that while she had previously said she was happy to have the twin girl ... to give birth. Legal doctrine on the rights of all parties involved is inconsistent and still evolving, especially involving different nationalities. The case has caused a stir because the couple, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1567148/thai-surrogate-mum-wants-healthy-twin-back-amid-reports-biological-father
  9. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thailand’s junta arrests army general for Bangkok red-light district extortion

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 04:15pm

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bangkok General arrested on suspicion of extortion in a notorious Bangkok red-light district, in a rare case of authorities prosecuting a member of the military. A Thai army general has been arrested on suspicion of extortion in a notorious Bangkok red-light district, officials said on Thursday, in a rare case of authorities prosecuting a member ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1563441/thai-junta-arrest-army-general-bangkok-red-light-district-extortion
  10. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai ruling junta issues permit for ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra to travel abroad

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 12:46pm by Agence France-Presse in Bangkok

    ... to a loss-making rice subsidy scheme. The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) said yesterday it was referring that case to the attorney general's office for possible referral to a Supreme Court ... if the decision by the NACC to forward the case would have any bearing on Yingluck's travel plans. The commission said the decision to let her go abroad was the military's. Thaksin was ousted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1555558/thai-ruling-junta-issues-permit-ex-pm-yingluck-shinawatra-travel-abroad

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