Two Thai police officers suspected of being involved in torturing to death a man charged with drug offenses gave themselves up for questioning on Thursday after a video of the incident went viral. The video, posted by lawyer Sittra Biabungkerd on his Facebook page, showed what appeared to be a man being suffocated by a plastic bag placed over his head while he was pinned down by four men.
Thailand has said it will delay use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine after several European countries temporarily suspended the jabs following a small number of reports of blood clots. The decision comes despite AstraZeneca – which produced the vaccine with Oxford University – insisting there is no evidence of an increased risk of pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha threatened on Thursday to use all laws possible against protesters, as demonstrations escalate for his removal and for reforms to curb the powers of King Maha Vajiralongkorn. The protests since July have become the greatest challenge to Thailand’s establishment in years and have broken a longstanding taboo by criticizing the monarchy, which can carry a jail term of up to 15 years.
Two major political parties raised doubts on Monday about the accuracy of Thailand’s election results after a party linked to the military took a surprise lead in the popular vote count that suggested the country’s junta chief could remain in power. Unofficial results of the Southeast Asian nation’s first election since a 2014 coup had been expected at 2 p.m. (0700 GMT) on Monday. However, the Election Commission said it would announce only the winners of 350 seats at 4 p.m. (0900 GMT) and a breakdown of votes for those seats would come on Friday.
Renewed calls for a ban on child kickboxing matches in Thailand arose following the death of 13-year-old Anucha Tasako who died of a brain hemorrhage after fighting in a Muay Thai match near Bangkok on Saturday. The Thai parliament is reviewing legislation to ban children under 12 from participating in boxing matches.
Cave divers resumed the mission to rescue the remaining eight boys and their coach trapped in a Thailand cave after four boys were brought out safely on Sunday. Elon Musk created and tested a ‘kid-size submarine’ as a potential aid in the rescue. Officials say the evacuation could take up to four days to complete.
Rescuers will take no risks freeing 12 boys and their football coach who were discovered in a Thailand cave. The boys and their coach have received food, medical treatment, and telephone access to speak to their families. Rescuers must now decide whether to train the boys to dive or wait months for flooding to recede.
A Thai soldier armed with military firearms rampaged through a bustling shopping mall and an army camp, killing 29 people before he himself was killed after a 17-hour standoff with security forces, Thai officials said, in a rare mass shooting that has shaken the country. After live-streaming part of the shooting on Facebook, the gunman holed up in the mall with several hostages, as police secured the area in the early-morning darkness.
Tripadvisor took the unusual step of posting a warning on its website about a Thai hotel, Sea View Resort & Spa Koh Chang, after it said an American guest there faced criminal charges and spent time in jail over his one-star review he posted on the travel-booking website. A Tripadvisor spokesperson told Fox News that this was the first case of a traveler going to jail for sharing their opinion that the company was aware of.
Thailand’s king has sacked six palace officials for what has been described as “extremely evil” conduct. The group includes a woman, a senior police official and two royal guards. The move comes just days after King Maha Vajiralongkorn fired his former bodyguard, Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, who was appointed royal consort in July – becoming the first person to be named in the position in almost a century.