PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community AMLO to size up assets of Pracha, ex-official The Nation / Phuket GazettePHUKET: The Anti-Money Laundering Office will evaluate assets belonging to former deputy interior minister Pracha Maleenont and a former senior Bangkok Metropolitan Administration official before pursuing possible seizure if they are found to have been acquired illegally, after both were sentenced on charges of bid-rigging in the fire vehicles case by a court on Tuesday.Secretary-general Seehanat Prayoonrat said the AMLO needed to study the ruling by the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Person Holding Political Positions to see whether it had issued any sanction on both men’s assets. If so, the agency will act to seize the illegally acquired assets belonging to both the convicted, whether the assets were in Thailand or overseas.A deputy AMLO secretary-general had earlier said that the … [Read more...] about Phuket Gazette Thailand News: Pracha faces Bt6.68bn fire truck probe; Rohingya land at Satun; 5 shot dead in Pattani; Legend crooner Sayan dies at 60
China has the largest prison population in Asia, more than four times as large as India. However, when it comes to prison population rates, Thailand has the highest incarceration rate in the region. Around the world more than 10.35 million people are imprisoned either as pretrial detainees or having been convicted and sentenced, according to the report of UK-based Institute of Criminal Policy Research. The USA has the highest prison population in the world with around 2.2 million incarcerated. China, which is four times more populous than the United States, is a distant second, with 1.6 million people in prison. The country has the highest prison population in Asia. The report mentions that the figures could be much higher for China since it does not include those in pre-trial and administrative detention. India’s prison population is second highest in Asia. Although the prison population rate is relatively low, the Indian prisons are overcrowded with 70 per cent of … [Read more...] about Asia’s prison populations
PHUKET: More than 200 inmates at Phuket Provincial Prison will be back on the streets soon, following the Royal Pardon decreed by HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the occasion of his 84th birthday yesterday. Phuket Provincial Prison Director Rapin Nichanon said prison officials were still reviewing the paperwork and could not give an exact figure on how many inmates would be released on pardon. However, he was sure that the final figure would exceed 200, he said. The mass pardon could not have come at a better time. The current prison population is at an all-time high of about 1,700 inmates, he said. This is far more than double its design capacity of 700. A release of 200 prisoners would represent an 11.7 per cent drop in the prison population. The first batch of 143 pardoned inmates will walk out of the 109-year-old facility between 8am and 9am on Thursday, said chief Rapin. As many as three more group releases would follow soon thereafter, he added. “We still don’t know … [Read more...] about Pardoned: Phuket Prison population to plummet 10%
TEHRAN, IRAN—An Iranian-Canadian professor and environmental activist has died in prison in Iran, according to media reports and the social media accounts of his son.Kavous Seyed-Emami, a professor of sociology at Imam Sadiq University in Tehran and the managing director of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, was arrested Jan. 24, according to his son.In a post on Twitter and Instagram, Raam Emami called the news of his father’s death “impossible to fathom.”He said his mother, Maryam, was told on Friday that Kavous had taken his own life.On his Instagram account, Emami wrote that authorities said his father had committed suicide. He did not respond to requests for further comment. … [Read more...] about Iranian-Canadian professor dies in Tehran prison
Governments across Southeast Asia have a history of using laws and the judiciary to curb press freedoms -- now they have found a handy crutch to lean on as they intensify clampdowns: US President Donald Trump's "fake news" mantra. Most worrying to media rights advocates is that several countries are promoting new legislation or expanding existing regulations to make publishing fake news an offence. The fear is that, rather than focusing on false stories published on social media, authoritarian leaders will use the new laws to target legitimate news outlets that are critical of them."When the leadership of the United States consistently targets legitimate media reporting as fake, it opens the way for leaders the world over to do the same," said Shawn Crispin, who represents the Committee to Protect Journalists in the region. "It's a dangerous trend that is giving authoritarian and democratic regimes alike justification for targeting or shutting down reporting they don't like."The term … [Read more...] about Are SE Asian leaders using ‘fake news’ to tighten grip?