British tourist deaths trial starts in Thailand

British tourist deaths trial starts in Thailand

The trial of two Myanmar nationals accused of murdering two British holidaymakers is underway in Thailand. (Photo: Reuters) 

Wednesday, 8 July, 2015, 5:34pm

Thai customs officers seize largest ever haul of elephant ivory worth US$6 million

Thai customs officers seize largest ever haul of elephant ivory worth US$6 million

Thai customs officers display four tonnes of African elephant ivory worth US$6 million that was seized at a Bangkok port in a container labelled as beans, in the kingdom's largest ever haul of its kind. (Cover photo: EPA)

21 Apr 2015 - 11:36am 1 comment

Thai Senate to reject controversial amnesty bill, says speaker

Thai workers at an anti-amnesty bill demonstration in Bangkok on Wednesday. Photo: AP

The Thai Senate will reject an amnesty bill critics say is aimed at bringing back convicted former premier Thaksin  from exile, the Senate speaker said on Wednesday, a move that could defuse rising tension on the streets of Bangkok.

6 Nov 2013 - 3:43pm

Thailand jails Swedish-Lebanese man over bomb material

Swedish-Lebanese man Attis Hussein (C) is escorted by Thai police officers as he arrives at the criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: EPA

A Swedish man of Lebanese origin accused of having militant links was sentenced to 2 years and 8 months in prison by a Thai court on Wednesday for possessing explosive material.

Atris Hussein, a 49-year-old Swedish citizen, was found guilty of possessing material that could be used to make explosive devices but the court stopped short of implicating him in any plans to plant bombs.

18 Sep 2013 - 12:48pm

Thai court frees man accused by brother of royal insult

Yuthapoom Martnok raises arm and smiles as he arrives at criminal court in Bangkok in Thailand on Friday. Photo: AP

A court in Thailand has dismissed the case against a man whose brother accused him of insulting the monarchy, letting him walk free after 11 months in prison.

Thailand’s 85-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej is often portrayed as an almost divine figure and, under tough lese-majeste laws, anything deemed an insult or a threat to the monarchy is punishable by up to 15 years in jail.

14 Sep 2013 - 1:42am

Thailand under pressure to end rubber protest after violence

Thai rubber farmers burn a coffin during a protest in Nakorn Si Thammarat province, southern Thailand. Photo: AP

Thailand faced pressure on Friday to end a two-week protest by rubber farmers after violent overnight clashes between riot police and a group of protesters who hurled rocks and bottles filled with an acidic liquid.

6 Sep 2013 - 12:10pm

Thai court jails Iranian pair over botched Bangkok bomb plot

Thai prison officers escort Iranian Saeid Moradi, 29, in wheelchair, and Mohammad Khazaei, 43, as they leave the Bangkok South Criminal Court on Thursday.

Two Iranian men were sentenced to between 15 years and life on Thursday for their parts in a botched bomb plot last year in Bangkok that ended with one of them having his legs blown off.

Saeid Moradi, 29, who lost his limbs as he hurled an explosive device at police, was found guilty on charges including attempted murder and handed a life term by the Bangkok Southern Criminal court.

22 Aug 2013 - 8:10pm

Thai ‘red shirt’ wins appeal over royal seating claim

Jatuporn Prompan. Photo: AFP

A leading Thai “red shirt” leader was on Tuesday cleared of slander over claims that he accused the former premier of sitting incorrectly during an audience with the king, his lawyer said.

Jatuporn Prompan, who was last year found guilty of slandering former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva in 2009, had his conviction overturned by the Court of Appeal in Bangkok.

13 Aug 2013 - 6:03pm

One killed, nine wounded in Thai south blast

Thai security personnel inspect the site of a bomb attack by suspected militants at a gas refilling factory in Narathiwat province, south of Bangkok. Photo: Reuters

A policeman was killed and nine other people wounded on Tuesday in a bomb attack in Thailand’s insurgency-hit deep south, officials said, as authorities vowed talks with rebels will continue.

13 Aug 2013 - 4:04pm

Rebels threaten to quit Thai peace talks

Thai security personnel inspect a site of a bomb attack at a roadside restaurant in Pattani province, south of Bangkok earlier this week. Photo: Reuters

Rebels in Thailand’s Muslim-majority south have threatened to quit peace talks with the government, as bloodshed during a Ramadan ceasefire dampened hopes of an end to years of fighting.

8 Aug 2013 - 5:05pm

Protesters mass outside Thai parliament

Anti-government protesters scuffle with Thai riot police in Bangkok, Thailand, on Wednesday. Photo: AP

Around 2,000 Thai anti-government demonstrators converged near parliament on Wednesday in an opposition-led rally against a controversial bill offering amnesty for political violence in the divided nation.

7 Aug 2013 - 3:56pm

Yingluck Shinawatra fears violence at Bangkok rally

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Photo: AP

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday warned that violence could erupt during planned anti-government protests in Bangkok this weekend, following unrest at rallies in the capital over recent years.

4 Aug 2013 - 2:32am

Thailand riveted by jet-setting monk scandal

Songkran Artchariyasarp, a lawyer and Buddhist activist, shows a picture of a Buddha statue that is part of an alleged embezzlement by former Buddhist monk Wirapol Sukphol in Bangkok. Photo: AP

He’s known as Thailand’s jet-setting fugitive monk, and his story has riveted the country with daily headlines of lavish excess, promiscuity and alleged crimes ranging from statutory rape to manslaughter.

18 Jul 2013 - 5:24pm

Tourists injured in Thailand train accident

Thai rescue workers give medical treatment to an injured foreign tourist at a railway after a passenger train derailed in Den Chai district of Phrae province in northern Thailand. Photo: EPA

A passenger train derailed on old tracks in the mountains of northern Thailand early on Wednesday, slightly injuring at least 30 passengers, mostly foreign tourists. It was the second derailment on the popular route in a month.

17 Jul 2013 - 4:22pm

Thailand may reduce troop levels in south

Thai troops investigate a bomb attack in the Thailand's troubled south. Photo: Reuters

Thailand is considering reducing the number of troops in its insurgency-riven south if a lull in violence holds, the deputy prime minister said on Tuesday.

“We won’t withdraw troops from the area but we can reduce the number and focus on development rather than fighting,” Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Promnog, who oversees national security, told reporters.

16 Jul 2013 - 4:19pm