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The Thai monarchy has never been a powerful or outspoken champion of democracy, but many Thais believed the king’s late father, Bhumibol Adulyadej, tried to soften the harshness of military rule. According to Amnesty Thailand, at least 59 human-rights defenders have been victims of forced disappearance since 1998. Legal & Medical Disclaimer. From ya khayan ('hard-working pill') in its early days to ya maa ('horse medicine'), the drug was named ya ba ('crazy pill') in 1996. Cahill went as far as to say in an interview this week: 'We were not set up by the Thai police. Thailand is known to be strict when it comes to drug related cases. Officials in Bangkok expected them to be released in the next few days, adding it was very rare for the King of Thailand to intervene. Thai king voices unease at level of killings in anti-drug campaign. Thailand, meanwhile, has had 33 confirmed cases of the deadly virus, second only to China where it originated in December - declaring its first case on January 13, two weeks before Rumble returned. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Historically, laws that govern illegal or prohibited drugs … Cottesmore St Mary’s Catholic Primary School and Bevendean Primary School, both in Brighton and Hove have contacted parents. “The Royal Thai Government and the Royal Thai Police have no such policy to detain, harass, abduct, threaten and drug test Western tourists in Thailand. The Bangkok Post counts 80 confirmed disappeared, and likely murdered, since 1980. Sat, Jan 10, 2004, 00:00 . Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. According to the Department of Health yesterday afternoon a total of 1,358 people have been tested for coronavirus in the UK, of which 1,350 were confirmed negative and eight positive. The consort, also known as Koi Wongvajirapakdi, was gifted the title of royal consort to mark the king's 67th birthday last July. Our. ', Read our full mailing list consent terms here, To get their pardons, the two women had to waive all objections to their convictions. When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Top Stories. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. In 2015, a Thai factory worker faced charges for insulting King Bhumibol's dog. Detailed info about Viagra and other sex drugs in Thailand. Patricia Cahill, 20, from Birmingham, and Karyn Smith, 22, from Solihull, were arrested three years ago and convicted of trying to smuggle 66lb of heroin out of the country. It was given to horses when pulling carts up steep hills and for other strenuous work in Shan State in Burma (now Myanmar). Thaksin claimed to be doing this in response to a speech from His Majesty The King who called for a solution to the methamphetimine problem that had been plaguing Thailand. Published 16 June 2018. That meant, Mr Jakobi said, that while British diplomats were working behind the scenes, campaigners for Smith were claiming the women had been framed by customs officials. If the Foreign Office had told us about John Major's letter, we would have said, 'OK, we'll keep our heads down'. The Thai Department of Corrections confirmed Rumble's identity on Wednesday morning, but said he had no symptoms and passed a medical check prior to his extradition. Can we hug?' Two Britons, Sandra Gregory and Robert Lock, are due to appear in court in Bangkok tomorrow on heroin trafficking charges. Princess Ubolratana: The royal upending Thai politics . And a Chinese-owned private school in Ipswich, Suffolk, has put a ban on any new arrivals until the outbreak of Coronavirus is contained. The Thai authorities used the women to demonstrate their determination to crack down on drug trafficking. King Bhumibhol reigned over Thailand for 70 years, acquiring a reputation for selfless work in the service of his country, an image endlessly propagated by the Thai media and a consistent flow of PR from the palace. A BRIT who spent six months in a Thai prison after being fleeced by an ex has told of the torture and abuse he suffered behind bars. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. The Thai authorities used the women to demonstrate their determination to crack down on drug trafficking. After a prolonged illness, Thailand’s King Bhumibol has finally died. 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Thaksin cut a fantastic speech announcing the campaign as he explained clearly and forcefully that whoever was dealing with drugs, wherever they were, they must be dealt with. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. The problem with so-called do-gooders back home is that they won't believe the obvious. You can unsubscribe at any time. Thai officials ordered that the snaps of King Maha Vajiralongkorn be wiped from the web by 10am today — though they are still on show. According to the trial evidence, the women - both teenagers at the time - were carrying 66lb of heroin in suitcases when arrested at Bangkok's international airport. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. BANGKOK -- Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn dismissed six palace officials Wednesday, accusing them of abusing their positions for personal gain. “The two other prisoners were displaying flu-like symptoms and are in Bullingdon’s hospital wing,” the source continued, adding that all three convicts were in single cells before falling ill. According to the 2007 Constitution, the cabinet instructed the president of the National Assembly to invite Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn to the throne. The solicitor acting for Smith's family, Stephen Jakobi, said last night that the Foreign Office had jeopardised the release by keeping secret for five months a personal intervention by John Major, who wrote to the King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, in February. Latest Thailand news stories including crime and drugs, health news, road accidents, tourism news, nature and wildlife stories, and other Thai news headlines But as their families celebrated last night, both governments made it clear they were still considered guilty and were being freed on humanitarian grounds. Former British soldier Lance Whitmore was sentenced to 50 years in jail for drug dealing in Thailand. Often called revered, Thailand’s King Bhumibol was a divisive and negative force for Thailand’s politics and democracy, writes Lee Jones. Smith's father, Eric Smith, said: 'This is the best news I have heard for years.'. Have they any idea what it is doing to our case?'. Two hundred pills of ecstasy were reportedly found in the possession of the 27-year-old Whitmore and his Australian friend in a resort in Pattaya. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Further investigation revealed 60 more pills … Drug laws in Thailand It doesn't get more obvious than the following statement taken from the Customs Department of the Kingdom of Thailand Website: “Violators of laws related to illicit drugs, e.g., having and holding for use, or being a producer, seller, or transporter are subject to the death sentence.“ That‘s right, the death penalty. According to the newspaper, a source has said an entire wing was last night in lockdown and inmates are being forced to remain in their cells, with three convicts being tested. {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}}, Thai King pardons drug smugglers: Secret letter from Major helped to, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Published 8 February 2019. No one in Britain has been charged with supplying drugs to the women. 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