Justice Minister to Boost Police Links
Australia’s Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator
Amanda Vanstone, will seek to further promote law enforcement links
between Australia and Thailand to help combat organized crime during her
visit here this week.
Senator Vanstone, who will visit Thailand and Laos from
19-22 January, will discuss initiatives to fight the illicit drugs trade
and people smuggling. Her discussions will be with Deputy Prime Minister
and Interior Minister Sanan Kajornprasart, Police commissioner-General
Pracha Promnog, and other senior Royal Thai Police.
Senator Vanstone said cooperation in drug control with
Thailand and other countries in the region had played a major role in the
large seizures of heroin and cocaine made by Australian police over the
last 2-3 years.
“International cooperation will clearly be one of the
main crime-fighting tools in the 21st century, as criminal groups become
increasingly sophisticated and further expand their activities across
state borders,” Mrs. Vanstone said. “Our law enforcement links with
Thailand are a crucial weapon in this war against drugs and the illegal
movement of people.”
The Australian Federal Police’s largest overseas
police liaison contingent is located in Thailand. While in Bangkok,
Senator Vanstone will also call on Minister for Justice Sutasn Ngenmune to
discuss bilateral legal relations between Australia and Thailand, and meet
Deputy Finance Minister Pichase Panvichatikul, along with customs
Director-General Somchainuk Engtrakul to discuss two-way cooperation on
Further to a request from General Pracha during her
last visit to Bangkok in March 1999, Senator Vanstone has arranged for
customs sniffer dogs and training to be provided to local police officers
to help detect illicit products entering Thailand.
The Australian Customs Service will next month open an
office in the Embassy in Bangkok.
Senator Vanstone will also discuss with General Pracha
the Royal Thai Police’s plans to establish dedicated units to handle
sensitive sexual assault investigations.
Building on the training provided by both the
Australian and British Embassies over recent years, a delegation of senior
police will shortly visit Australia to study the operations of similar
units in Sydney and Canberra. This will be followed by further training in
Thailand by Australian police for local officers earmarked to staff the
new units in Bangkok, Pattaya, Hat Yai and Chiangmai.
Senator Vanstone will also announce Australian
Government funding for two new Offices of the Narcotics Control
Board-staffed positions at Don Muang airport to help fight the illicit
trade in drugs. This follows more than a decade of Australian Government
support for the ONCB’s sophisticated computer network to track criminal
movements across Thailand’s borders.
On anti-money laundering, Minister Vanstone has recently decided to
fund a visit to Australia by four senior officials from Thailand’s new
Anti-Money Laundering Office under the AFP’s Law Enforcement Cooperation
Program (LECP) with Thailand. The officials will complete a brief
attachment with Austrac, Australia’s key agency in implementing its
proceeds of crime laws, in Sydney. This follows a visit by senior Royal
Thai Police and banking industry representatives in late 1999 to study
Austrac’s operations, and discuss Australia’s anti-money laundering
arrangements with the AFP and Australian banking regulators. Minister
Jurin also visited Austrac in November last year in the margins of the
Drugs in Sport Summit in Sydney.
Viagra bar bust
No upright citizens arrested
Pattaya Tourist Police last week raided a bar selling
Viagra to visitors. Police officers, posing as patrons, purchased four
Viagra pills, reputedly for their own use, but after payment the four
officers revealed themselves and arrested Keith Ensel Williams from the
Police confiscated 80 Viagra pills. Williams confessed
to buying the pills in South Pattaya Walking Street, and told police the
pills were sold to tourists at 500 baht each, attracting a lot of
interested customers, but unfortunately also the local authorities.
Williams was charged with illegally selling medications without a
license and currently his legal position is hanging in abeyance.
keep Thailand from deporting Wolfgang Ullrich
No extradition treaty with Germany
Wolfgang Ullrich remains in Thai prison, but it is
unknown how much longer that will be the case.
Ullrich’s present court case convened at 9.00 a.m. on
17 January 2000, with his lawyers questioning the Foreign Affairs Office
prosecutor’s case against the 55 year old German defendant.
The criminal case was registered on 15 December 1999,
accusing the defendant and others of collectively misappropriating donated
funds in Germany for personal use. The extortion includes membership dues
and other funds from people who donated to the German Wildlife
Preservation Assistance Association and the European Continent
Preservation Assistance Association.
Ullrich had his lawyer deny the charges and requested
the court consider the fact that Thailand and Germany do not have an
extradition treaty, purportedly due to the fact Germany is not interested
in acquiring such treaties with what Ullrich’s lawyers termed
In addition, the Thai government is being asked to
consider not sending Ullrich back to Germany, using the matter as reason
for the two countries to come to terms to create a criminal extradition
Ullrich’s lawyer also denies the prosecution’s
charges, stating that the prosecutor has a lack of supporting evidence.
Ullrich’s lawyer also suggested charges are brought against the
prosecutor, and requested the defendant, who has already been questioned
through an interpreter, be released.
The prosecution petitioned the court to postpone
deciding the case due to the absence of witnesses from the Foreign
Ministry, who are currently engaged in other urgent matters preventing
their presence at the trial.
Ullrich’s lawyer specified further that the defendant
has already been held in custody for too long, declaring a postponement is
At that point the court adjourned and is scheduled to re-convene at
9.00 a.m. on 3 February 2000.
Sex assault in
South Pattaya market
Horrified shoppers save girl’s honour
Police officers arrived at the South Pattaya Grand Hall
market in Soi Bua Khao to find a group of shoppers in the market restraining
an over sexed 35 year old, Somchai Pheungmuang, from Sattahip. Somchai had
just assaulted a 20-year-old woman.
year old, Somchai Pheungmuang was arrested for sexual assault.
The assaulted 20 year old woman was standing nearby in
tears, still shook up and embarrassed after the incident. The woman told
police she was walking through the market with her girlfriend when the
crazed idiot came up behind her and with both hands lifted up her skirt
right in front of everyone and grasped her private parts.
A number of witnesses confirmed the woman’s story, with
some vendors adding it was not the first time they had seen Somchai do
something like that. However, this time the victim did not take it and angry
bystanders came to her assistance, kicking and beating Somchai and holding
him until police arrived.
Somchai was arrested and charged with indecent behaviour
in public and will go to trial.
The police officer in charge of women and children’s rights, Pol. Cpt.
Naowarat Pramuanyat has been notified.
36 year old Sommai Phumpheudphon admitted himself to
hospital, complaining of severe rectal pain from a roll-on deodorant
bottle he had secreted in his anus.
However, doctors from the Pattaya Memorial Hospital
called the Drug Suppression Unit when the detailed case history revealed
that Sommai had amphetamine pills in the bottle.
Sommai was still writhing in pain on the emergency room
operating table, waiting for surgery to begin, when police arrived to give
the doctors the O.K. to begin their dirty work.
A successful 20 minute operation produced a healthy and
decidedly large, roll-on deodorant bottle wrapped in black cloth tape.
After cleaning up the afterbirth, police confiscated 800 amphetamine (yaba)
pills found inside before arresting Sommai and taking him into the
Sommai told police he obtained the 800 amphetamines
from a dealer in Laem Chabang, selling units of 200 pills for 12,000 baht,
which he later planned to sell for 30-40,000 baht.
After purchasing the drugs, Sommai said he was afraid
police were going to stop him on his return to Pattaya so decided to
conceal the 800 amphetamine pills in a safe place.
When he found he could not remove the deodorant bottle
he sat on the problem for three days but his clients started insisting he
get it surgically removed. With customer satisfaction being paramount, and
by then in agony, he decided to seek surgical help, even though there was
the chance he would be arrested.
Sommai will soon find the error of his ways when he realises he really
doesn’t have the bottle to be a drug runner!
Caught with hand in till
Plain clothes police officers apprehended a thief that
had been systematically stealing from the Modern City Supermarket on
Pattaya Beach Road.
Modern City security guard Bunyuan Phakham was caught using his keys to
nonchalantly steal from the store he was hired to guard.
The store manager, Miss Yaowanant Saetang, had
contacted the police, asking for assistance in catching thieves, because
her monthly inventories have been coming up short for the past few months.
The plain clothes officers monitored the store after
hours and observed a man driving up and nonchalantly entering the store
with his own set of keys. He was quickly arrested as he came out with a
bag containing a few bottles of mix and his favourite liqueur, along with
a pack of cigarettes.
The mystery thief turned out to be the store guard, Bunyuan Phakham,
age 29, and employed by Miss Yaowanant for five years. Bunyuan confessed
to stealing from the store for some time though the store manager found it
hard to believe it was her guard who was stealing from the store, because
he was well trusted and a long time employee.
and candidates are electioneering
Husting or hustling?
The hopeful candidates for city council are actively
campaigning, with both the group of 10 independent candidates and the
group of 24 candidates from the “Supporters for Pattaya Party”
knocking at doors and passing out leaflets.
The independent candidates are looking for a portion of
the votes from the 50,000 eligible voters by using a convincing campaign
strategy of telling voters that independent members are needed on the city
council to balance the decisions and prevent monopolistic influence.
The candidates are busily campaigning for Pattaya City
mayor are also knocking at the public’s door hustling up votes as voters
get their first opportunity to elect the city mayor and 24 council members
in public elections.
This change came about after the 1999 Constitution
stipulated the mayor of Pattaya and its council members would have to
stand for office.
Voting Day is set for 12 February from 8.00 am until
There are four candidates for the city mayor’s job.
Pairat Suttithamrongsawat, previous city mayor and leader of the
“Supporters for Pattaya Party”, Bachelors Degree in Business
Administration from Sripathum University. Aphised Saksek, former Pattaya
City Council Member, Masters Degree in Business Administration from
Sripathum University. Songsak Yomjinda, former Pattaya City Manager,
Bachelors Degree in Economics from Chiang Mai University and a Masters
Degree in Political Science from Tarletan University in the U.S.A.
Surachai Chuayjaroentham, Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from
The leading candidate appears at this stage to be
Pairat Suttithamrongsawat, the most recent mayor, supported by the eastern
region’s prominent and well known figure Somchai Khunpleum, mayor of
All candidates are encouraging voters to go to the polls and exercise
their right to vote, thus guaranteeing a fair election to preserve the
Council Election Campaign is heating up
Candidates outnumber positions
Chonburi council candidates are feeling out the voters
preparing for the 5 February election. The majority of the candidates are
campaigning under the Chonburi Development Party backed by Saensukh
Municipal Mayor Somchai Khunpleum, and receiving support from the Thai Rak
Most districts all have more than one candidate with
the more populated areas having almost twice the number of hopefuls for
the number of council seats.
Chonburi Muang District had four additional candidates
registering on the last day of the registration period, with now 12
candidates campaigning for the eight seats.
Bang Lamung has 14 people campaigning for its six
council seats, Sri Racha has 10 candidates with six authorised seats, and
Sattahip has 10 candidates for its four seats on the Chonburi Council.
Other districts include Phanatnikhom with nine
candidates running for its four seats, Phanthong two candidates for its
one seat, Ban Beung four candidates for three seats and Si Chang Island
has three candidates for its one seat.
In contrast, some areas have no independents entering
the race leaving the Chonburi Development Party candidates locked in with
no election necessary in Bo Thong, Chan Island and Nong Yai Districts. Bo
Thong District has one council seat going to Kamnan Yong’s son Jaruwat
Chan Island District candidate Anant Preedasuttijit will take the
island’s one council seat while Nong Yai District’s one seat will be
taken by Bhinyo Tanwised, the former Chairman of the Provincial
boxing school opens
Alcazar takes up the gloves
Somphan Phetrakul, the administration director of the
“Thai Boxing Pattaya Entertainment Company Ltd.”, along with his
manager, Somsak Adulyajit and administration members Somchai Manothaworn
and Philai Phanomwan na Ayuthaya announced the opening of their new
international boxing school at the Siam Gulf Hotel.
Somphan said that Thai boxing had always been dear to
his heart since the years 1952-1957, when he went into the ring 60 times
at Lumpini and Rachadamnern arenas, inspiring him towards this new
The current amphetamine (yaba) addiction problem
afflicting the country’s youth was another factor driving him on to
promote Thai boxing in Pattaya, not just as an alternative to drugs but to
train interested boxers as a profession and to be another tourist
“The Pattaya International Thai Boxing Training
School is intended to be the training centre for teaching the art of Thai
boxing with qualified trainers of over 10 years experience,” explained
The training school has two standardised professional
boxing rings with all the required training equipment and another
professional ring for competitions having seating for up to 500
“The Thai boxing training programs are for all boxing
enthusiasts,” Somphan said, “nationals or from overseas. All the
equipment needed for weight training, sand-bags, punching bags and a sauna
room are available.”
Two daily one-hour shows are held starting at 2.00 pm
demonstrating the art of Thai Boxing, the pre-ceremony, fist wrapping and
a comedy boxing routine complete with a fight against a King Cobra snake.
Novice boxers are now being sought by the company to
train at the facility and box in the different divisions. The proceeds
will be split giving the fighters 50% of the take, the company keeping 40%
with 10% going to the trainers.
The Pattaya International Thai Boxing Training School is at 193-15 Soi
2 on Thep Prasit Road and it will run from 7.00 am to 9.00 pm. The Thai
Boxing Pattaya Company will preview boxing events with future bouts
broadcast on the ITV channel.
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