Thailand News Today | The lawyer of “Joe Ferrari” fights back


Koh Samui police said the body of Australian cricketer Shane Warne would be taken home for a state funeral once the autopsy was completed.

The 52-year-old was found dead in a villa on the island on Friday, a day after arriving. The player is believed to have died of a heart attack.
According to a report, his body was transferred from Samui Thai International Hospital to Surat Thani Hospital, where an autopsy will be performed.

Yuttana Sirisombat, superintendent of Bophut police, said the body was transported by Seatran Ferry, overseen by Allan McKinnon, Australia’s ambassador to Thailand.

According to the report, Warne suffered from asthma and heart disease and reportedly experienced chest tightness while still in Australia. Officials plan to speak to everyone who was traveling with the cricketing legend, as well as interview 4 masseurs and 2 hotel staff.

Warne’s family is coordinating with the Australian Embassy to have his body airlifted. He had arrived at Samujana Villas in บ่อผุด on Thursday and, after receiving a negative PCR test result the following day, visited a costume shop around 1 p.m. and then called a masseur at his villa around 3 p.m.

When his friends called him for dinner at 5 p.m., he was found unconscious. He was rushed to hospital but could not be revived, according to his manager.

Investigators say there was no indication of a struggle in his room, and they found no narcotic substances.

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Resorts and hotels no longer accept credit cards from Russian customers. The decision comes after 7 Russian banks were banned from the SWIFT financial system, leaving many Russians abroad unable to use their credit cards.

Card providers Mastercard and Visa also announced a suspension of services in Russia, although Russian banks played down the effect of the move. However, the Russian Central Bank has advised its citizens to carry other payment methods when traveling. A resort on Phi Phi Island in Krabi province says it now only accepts cash payments from Russian customers.

In Thailand, Melia Hotel Group says a number of properties in Phuket have consulted the Bank of Thailand on the problem facing Russian tourists as they try to find a way to accept payments from their customers. clients.

According to the Thai PBS World report, around 15% of advance bookings by Russian tourists have been canceled since the US and EU introduced tough sanctions against Russia, following the invasion of China. Ukraine by Vladimir Putin.

Until recently, Thailand received around 700 Russian visitors a day under the Test & Go entry program. Since early March, that number has dropped to less than 400 a day. Russians traditionally favor the beach destinations of Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui, during the months of March and April, with most staying between 7 and 21 days. Since Thailand reopened on November 1, more than 63,000 Russian visitors have arrived in the kingdom, generating around 1.4 billion baht in tourism revenue.

Former police chief Thitisan Utthanaphon, alias Joe Ferrari, is calling for human rights monitors to be barred from attending his trial for torture and murder.

Thitisan, who was nicknamed “Joe Ferrari” because of the lavish lifestyle he led and the luxury cars he accumulated while receiving a police salary, asked the criminal court to prevent observers rights to attend his trial.

Thitisan and several other officers are on trial accused of killing a drug suspect during interrogation by suffocating him with plastic bags. The incident happened in the northern province of Nakhon Sawan last April and came to light when CCTV footage was leaked, sparking a storm of protest among the general public.

Thitisan made his first appearance over the weekend, with hearings set to continue at the Central Criminal Court for corruption and misconduct cases on Saturday and Sunday. Thitisan and his lawyer demanded to know why the human rights monitors, whom they call “unrelated individuals”, should be admitted by the court.

The lawyer for the former Nakhon Sawan police chief also tried to play down the seriousness of the charges against his client, calling Jeerapong Thanapat’s alleged torture death a “general” physical assault. Yes, very general suffocation by very ordinary plastic bags. The lawyer also hinted that the case could tarnish the…immaculate reputation…of the Royal Thai Police.

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Thailand’s national police chief said actress Tangmo’s death appears to have been an accident based on the evidence gathered.

An autopsy report shows that the actress died of drowning. His body also had a large cut on his leg, possibly from the speedboat’s propeller. Further results of a forensic examination will be published in a few days.

The actress’ body was found on February 26, nearly two days after she fell into the Chao Phraya River while on a speedboat. She was on the boat with five other people who claimed the actress fell off the boat when she went aft to urinate, but people were skeptical and some suspected foul play.

At least 29 witnesses have been interviewed as part of the investigation into the tragedy of the actress. Two people have been charged with operating an unregistered boat and causing death by misconduct.

Authorities are still collecting more evidence, as divers from the Marine Police Division found two objects from the Chao Phraya River near the Phibul Songkhram jetty on Sunday and handed them over to forensics. After Tangmo fell into the river, the suspects are believed to have thrown items into the river.

Thai police are asking a Canadian court to deny a bail request for a man wanted for murder on the southern island of Phuket.

Canadian national Matthew Dupre is one of two suspects wanted in the murder of Indian gang member Jimi Singh Sandhu, who was shot dead outside his villa in Rawai on February 4.

Dupre and his alleged accomplice, Gene Karl Lahrkamp, ​​then fled Thailand, and Dupre was arrested in Alberta on February 20. He is currently in custody while the Alberta court considers an extradition request from Thai authorities.

According to a report, Jiraphop of the Central Investigation Bureau, says investigators are also filing a motion with the Canadian court to deny Dupre’s bail request. Thai police say they want the suspect extradited to face trial in the kingdom.

It is understood Thai authorities are concerned that if the Canadian court grants bail the suspect will flee, undermining police efforts to secure his extradition.

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Staff at a Bangkok hospital interrupted a funeral just before the cremation ceremony to tell the family they had accidentally given them the wrong corpse.

After discovering that the wrong corpse had been donated, staff at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok quickly came to the ceremony and told the family “the corpses have been switched!”

The husband of the 55-year-old woman who died of cancer while infected with Covid says he recovered his wife’s body from Siriraj Hospital.

The body was in a sealed bag and there was no name tag. He says he asked the police to make sure his wife’s body was in the bag, and they confirmed.

For Buddhist funeral ceremonies, monks typically chant for three to seven days, but since the pandemic many have shortened ceremonies to just one day for the cremation ceremony. As part of Covid prevention measures, hospitals are delivering the bodies of those who died while infected with the virus to cremation ceremonies and families are being asked not to open the sealed body bag to prevent the spread of the disease.

The husband told Thai media that hospital staff realized their mistake in not finding the corpse of another family. Since he lost faith in the hospital, he asked staff to open the bag so they could confirm that he had been given his wife’s body.

The hospital issued a letter apologizing for its mistake, adding that the hospital will investigate and prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.

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