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August 11, 2016

Twin bombing at Thailand\’s Hua Hin resort leaves 1 dead, many injured

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On Thursday, two bombs exploded at the Hua Hin resort, in Thailand, killing one woman, and resulting in many injuries. The bombs exploded about 30 minutes apart from each other. Most of the people injured were tourists; of German, Swiss, and Italian nationalities, while the woman that died was a Thai street vendor. Suthipong Klai-udom, a Hua Hin district official, has said that the bombs were hidden inside of planters, and detonated by cellphone.

File photo of a market in Hua Hin.
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Edwin Wiek, a 30-year resident of, claims that one bomb was near the London Bar. A video he released shows an emergency responder examining items next to the deceased woman’s food cart. In a tweet, he stated:

“Bombs in #Huahin were in plant pots, not in motorbikes. pic.twitter.com/cJcfSLDoVw”
-Edwin Wiek (@EdwinWiek) August 11, 2016

“We don’t know who is responsible for the attacks.” said Mr. Suthipong in an interview, noting that local officials had no prior information about an attack. Tawee Narissirikul, the governor of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, where Hua Hin is located, stated that this was the first bombing at Hua Hin, saying “Now we have to be more cautious about the situation.”

Hua Hin is a resort town on the Gulf of Thailand, 145 kilometres (90 miles) south-west from Thailand’s capital, Bangkok. Many people stayed there in preparation for a Thai holiday, marking the birth of queen Sirikit.



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On Thursday, two bombs exploded at the Hua Hin resort, in Thailand, killing one woman and resulting in many injuries. The bombs exploded about 30 minutes apart from each other. Most of the people injured were tourists of German, Swiss, and Italian nationalities, while the woman who died was a Thai street vendor. Suthipong Klai-udom, a Hua Hin district official, said the bombs were hidden inside of planters, and detonated by cellphone.

File photo of a market in Hua Hin.
Image: Jarcje.

Edwin Wiek, a 30-year resident of, claimed one bomb was near the London Bar. A video he released shows an emergency responder examining items next to the deceased woman’s food cart. In a tweet, he stated: “Bombs in #Huahin were in plant pots, not in motorbikes.”

“We don’t know who is responsible for the attacks”, said Mr. Suthipong in an interview, noting local officials had no prior information about an attack. Tawee Narissirikul, the governor of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, where Hua Hin is located, stated this was the first bombing at Hua Hin, saying “Now we have to be more cautious about the situation.”

Hua Hin is a resort town on the Gulf of Thailand, 145 kilometres (90 miles) south-west from Thailand’s capital, Bangkok. Many people stayed there in preparation for a Thai holiday marking the birth of queen Sirikit.



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May 30, 2016

Thailand takes measure to combat coral bleaching

Thailand takes measure to combat coral bleaching

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Thailand Officials have announced they will increase their enforcement of environment-protection laws in order to protect their coral reefs from bleaching. Chinese and Russian tourists are at the forefront of these crack-downs as it was outlined that Phuket tours involving the Chinese and Russians have been a big contributor to their coral bleaching crisis.

Class Act Media report that this warning was put forward by The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources in a meeting which included more than 70 people from Phuket tour operators, tour guides and government agencies. They order the feeding of fish or sea animals in the coral reef areas and stepping on the coral reefs as strictly prohibited. “Persons who fail to follow the above will be punished by law, which is a maximum of one year in prison, a fine of B100,000 or both,” Suchart Rattanareangsri, Director of the DMCR’s Conservation Division, warned.

This forms part of Thailand’s bid to combat coral bleaching and protect the environment.

This warning comes after more than ten popular diving sites in national marine parks in Thailand were closed indefinitely due to coral bleaching and popular beach and diving location, Koh Tachai, in the Andaman Sea was shut down. Thai Officials also announced all tourist activities would be banned at Koh Khai Nok, Koh Khai Nui and Koh Khai Nai, all islands off the coast of Phuket.

CNN report that this is due to coral bleaching being at its worst in over six years. A survey performed by the Marine National Park Division has shown that the bleaching has spread widely between 40% and 80% of the reefs along both the east and west coast of Thailand. Koh Chumpon and Koh Ma Prao are among the worst-hit areas with 80% of their coral bleached.

According to National Ocean Service, bleaching occurs when the coral comes under environmental stress such as runoff of fertilisers from the land, temperature of the water and sunlight. It causes coral to expel the algae in their tissue that is responsible for their bright colours and so they turn completely white.

The move puts the environment in front of tourism profit for the country. In Thailand, tourism accounts for 10% of its economy and around 70% of this income is generated by marine tourist activities. Officials were hoping to attract over 32 million tourists in 2016.



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August 25, 2015

UK judge witholds report from Thai death penalty defendents

UK judge witholds report from Thai death penalty defendents

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In a judgement released today Mr Justice Green, sitting in the High Court in London, spoke of his “very considerable unease” as he rejected an application by two defendants in a Thai death penalty case. The pair sought a Metropolitan Police report they hoped could assist their defence.

The murders occurred on the picturesque resort island of Koh Tao, pictured here from file.
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The court has expedited the case. Burmese nationals Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo, both 22, are currently on trial accused of murdering David Miller, 24, from Jersey, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, from England. With the defence case due to begin shortly and continue until mid- or late September the court has issued its judgement today following a hearing on Friday.

The case dates to September last year when the victims were found murdered on a Koh Tao beach. Witheridge had been raped. The case attracted worldwide attention with Lin and Phyo confessing, before re-enacting the killing in front of the press.

The accused claim the confessions were tortured out of them and the ongoing trial is unfair. UK Prime Minister David Cameron intervened, speaking to Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Cameron and Chan-o-cha arranged for an observer team from the Metropolitan Police to conduct an inspection of the Thai probe, based on powers in the Police Act 1996.

A team was duly dispatched and prepared a report with the intent to use it for assisting the victims’ families. UK police were expressly forbidden, at a ministerial level, to provide any assistance to Thai authorities as the case involves the death penalty. Due to established UK policy on foreign death penalty cases, the report was also not shared with Thailand. It is this report that Lin and Phyo were seeking.

The Royal Courts of Justice complex in London, where the case was heard.
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Using the Data Protection Act 1998 the defendants asked police for this report to assist their defence, and were denied. That decision was the one challenged unsuccessfully in the High Court. The case pits the two accused trying to defend a death penalty case against the possibility of jeopardising international relations; Thai police co-operated, but only in light of an agreement the report would be confidential.

Legal charity Reprieve, who assisted the two men, said in a statement “Concerns about the conduct of the Thai investigation and the safety of any convictions resulting have been raised from the very beginning[…] only the defence lawyers in Thailand are in a position to judge whether the information could be of assistance.” Mr Justice Green’s judgement acknowledges he did not know “how the accused might structure their defences” or details about what evidence had been or would be involved.

Thai Prime Minister Chan-o-cha, pictured here in December, was directly involved in negotiations that led to the report being produced.
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Both men say they were starved, suffocated, stripped naked, exposed to cold temperatures, beaten, threatened, and denied legal representation. The Royal Thai Police deny any misconduct. Mr Justice Green read the report himself and decided not to release it as it was of no assistance to the pair.

The report is known to contain some material disputed by Lin and Phyo. It says they repeated their confessions at various times, including in court with legal representation, before retracting them. It also says they have not backed up their torture claims with evidence, medical or otherwise.

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—Mr Justice Green

Mr Justice Green said the report described “in many respects […] no more than the routine conduct of a serious crime investigation. This is not a Report which contains, for instance, state secrets.” He also spoke of his distance from the ongoing trial, prompting him to remark of his “very considerable unease” and having to do “the best I could” — not “a comfortable process”.

Noting “the issues of both law and fact are complex, novel and difficult” Mr Justice Green’s judgement notes that, before even hearing the case he promised permission to appeal would be granted, if requested, whatever the outcome. He also promised a swift Court of Appeal hearing to comply with Thai trial time constraints. “The stakes are very high for both sides”, he added.

“In my judgment the common law,” the judgement reads, “and in particular the principles of natural justice and fairness, would in a case such as this which involves the right to life, and the right to a fair trial, as well as powerful countervailing issues of public interest, compel the court to apply the most intense level of anxious scrutiny to the facts to ensure that the accused were not prejudiced.”

Mr Justice Green also ruled the pair, in principal, “have a perfectly proper right to seek access to the personal data for the purpose of using it subsequently in their defence in criminal proceedings”, calling the case one about “fundamental rights”.

Rosa Curling, who represented both men in the London court, has said they would not appeal. She said Lin and Phyo are “disappointed” but “are reassured that at least a British judge has now looked at the information held by the Metropolitan Police, applying anxious scrutiny, and determined that it would not assist them in their ongoing proceedings in Thailand.”

Wikinews has contacted the Metropolitan Police, usually responsible for policing London, for a statement and is awaiting a response.



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May 21, 2015

Yingluck Shinawatra, former Thai prime minister, begins her trial in Bangkok over corruption allegations

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Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has begun her trial in Bangkok on Tuesday for alleged negligence in a rice subsidy scheme. If convicted she could face up to ten years in jail.

The subsidy scheme was designed to prop up rice prices by spending billions of dollars to acquire the crop at high rates over the market rates.

It has been alleged by her political opponents that this was a way to gain support from poor rice farmers.

“I am confident that I am innocent and I hope the court will give me justice and allow everything to proceed in accordance with the law,” Shinawatra told reporters outside the Bangkok courthouse.

12 months ago the former prime minister was removed from office by a military coup after weeks of protests in the Thai capital. The military stating that it had to restore order.

The court has forbidden Shinawatra to leave the country.



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Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has begun her trial in Bangkok on Tuesday for alleged negligence in a rice subsidy scheme. If convicted she could face up to ten years in jail.

The subsidy scheme was designed to prop up rice prices by spending billions of dollars to acquire the crop at high rates over the market rates.

It has been alleged by her political opponents that this was a way to gain support from poor rice farmers.

“I am confident that I am innocent and I hope the court will give me justice and allow everything to proceed in accordance with the law,” Shinawatra told reporters outside the Bangkok courthouse.

12 months ago the former prime minister was removed from office by a military coup after weeks of protests in the Thai capital. The military stating that it had to restore order.

The court has forbidden Shinawatra to leave the country.



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February 28, 2014

Thai school bus crash kills fifteen

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A school bus taking students on a field trip crashed into a truck early this morning in eastern Thailand, killing thirteen students and two teachers.

The top deck of the bus was crushed on one side after hitting the truck and spinning. The students aboard ranged from ten-year-olds to young teens and had been headed from their Nakhon Ratchasima school to Pattaya. The bus driver fled and is unaccounted for.

The bus was carrying around 60 female students, with a boys’ bus from the school following behind. The second bus escaped the accident. The crash was on a narrow, busy road in Prachinburi. The road is in a national park which prevents upgrade works like widening, according to Nuttapong Boontob of the Thailand Accident Research Center.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Anukarn Thammavijarn said police theorise the vehicle’s “brakes may have failed or the driver might have fallen asleep.” Thammavijarn said the bus was out-of-control and going downhill when it struck the 18-wheeled truck from behind. He cited the old appearance of the vehicle as a reason to suspect brake failure for the accident.

The crash injured a further 47 people. A row of covered bodies was formed beside the wreckage. Of the injured, 23 were hospitalised. Wounds include broken bones.

Road accident rates are among the world’s highest in Thailand; last December a bus fell off a bridge, killing 29. Road accidents killed 8,600 on the nation’s roads last year. Legislation does not require bus passengers to wear seatbelts.



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December 9, 2013

Thai Prime Minister dissolves parliament and calls elections

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Earlier today, Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra formally dissolved the country’s parliament and called for new elections. The new elections are scheduled to take place on February 2 of next year. According to CNN, it is unclear if Shinawatra will be her party’s choice to as a candidate in the elections.

Yesterday, the 150 member strong Democrat Party, the country’s main opposition party, said they would resign en masse because they were unable to work with the current government.

Earlier today, a protest with estimated 100,000 to 150,000 people participating promised to storm Government House of Thailand where Shinawatra’s office is located. The protest included all members of the parliament’s opposition parties. Democrat Party Leader Abhisit Vejjajiva told CNN, “I think the best way for the Prime Minister to show responsibility is by returning power to the people”. He, other opposition leaders, and demonstrators want an unelected “people’s council.”

The country has had several weeks of protests leading up to Shinawatra’s decision. Five people died in one protest on November 30. Demonstrators have connected Shinawatra with her brother and former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Thaskin currently lives abroad and has not returned home because of a corruption conviction that could result in a two-year prison sentence. Shinawatra’s party had tried and failed to pass legislation granting amnesty to Thaksin.



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December 1, 2013

Australian men, women win 2013 Asia-Oceania Wheelchair Basketball Championships

Australian men, women win 2013 Asia-Oceania Wheelchair Basketball Championships

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Thai-Japanese Bangkok Youth Center, Bangkok — The Australia men’s national wheelchair basketball team, known as the Rollers, and the Australia women’s national wheelchair basketball team, known as the Gliders, won gold medals on Friday, the final day of the Asia–Oceania Zone Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Bangkok, Thailand. The eight day championship was opened on November 22.

Asia–Oceania Zone Wheelchair Basketball Championships, Bangkok, 2013. IWBF President Maureen Orchard presents silver medals to the Chinese women’s team
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Maureen Orchard. President and Secretary General of the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation
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Asia–Oceania Zone Wheelchair Basketball Championships — Australia’s Amber Merritt
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Asia–Oceania Zone Wheelchair Basketball Championships — Japan’s Mari Animoto
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Asia–Oceania Zone Wheelchair Basketball Championships — Australia’s Tristan Knowles
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Ten countries competed for places at the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) World Championships next year — ten in the men’s: Japan, Iran, China, Malaysia, Taipei, Australia, Korea, Kuwait, New Zealand and Thailand; and four in the women’s: Australia, Japan, China and Thailand. For the Australians, it was a rare opportunity to play teams from neighboring countries. Their efforts to help other teams were appreciated; after one game the Kuwait men led a cheer of “Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!” To which the Thai women replied: “Oi! Oi! Oi!”

Both the Australian teams went through the tournament undefeated. The Gliders defeated China in the gold medal game 57–35. The Rollers then took to the court and defeated Korea 63–46. Iran and Japan won the men’s and women’s bronze medal matches.

This was one of four zone championships. The zones correspond to those of the IPC and FIBA: Americas, Europe, Asia–Oceania and Africa. Each zone is guaranteed one place at the World Championships. Under recently-introduced rules, performance at the Paralympic games gains additional spots for the zone, not for the country. Only the home team is guaranteed a place.

The new zone system has already proved controversial, with Algeria defeating South Africa in the recent Africa Zone Championships in Angola to grab the sole spot allocated to Africa, and Canada missing out on one of the four men’s spots for the Americas zone. In a shock result, these places went to the United States, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia. Great Britain, Turkey, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands are to round out the championships as the men’s teams from the European Zone.

The men’s World Championship are to be held in July next year in Incheon, South Korea, while the women’s are to be in Toronto, Canada. Maureen Orchard. President and Secretary General of the IWBF told Wikinews the women’s competition will in no way be inferior to the men’s. The women are to be put up in a five-star hotel, and play at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. Without their men’s team competing, the women’s competition is expected to generate considerable interest in Canada. The home team is to be joined by teams from the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, France, the United States, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru to compete against the winners from the Asia–Oceania Zone.

The sport of wheelchair basketball has great popularity. In London, additional seats at the North Greenwich Arena sold out online within minutes.



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November 30, 2013

Wikinews Interviews Australian wheelchair basketball player Caitlin de Wit

Wikinews Interviews Australian wheelchair basketball player Caitlin de Wit

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Thai-Japanese Bangkok Youth Center, Bangkok — Wikinews interviewed Caitlin de Wit, of the Australia women’s national wheelchair basketball team, known as the Gliders. The Gliders are in Bangkok, Thailand, for the Asia–Oceania Zone Wheelchair Basketball Championships, which are being held at the Thai-Japanese Bangkok Youth Center. Wikinews caught up with her on Tuesday, before the Gliders’ match against China.

Georgia Inglis at the Thai-Japanese Bangkok Youth Center, Bangkok, during the Asia-Oceania Zone Championships
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Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png Where were you born?

Caitlin de Wit: In Cape Town in South Africa.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png When did you come to Australia?

Caitlin de Wit: When I was six.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And then you moved to whereabouts?

Caitlin de Wit: And I grew up on the Central Coast.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png A I believe you had a horse riding accident?

Caitlin de Wit: I had a horse riding accident in Wagga.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png What sort of horse riding were you doing?

Caitlin de Wit: I was just riding with friends. We were just like out on a ride.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And you fell off.

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And you were at uni[versity] at the time?

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah, I was at uni in Wagga and that’s where I had my accident. And I went obviously to hospital for a little while and rehab and then I moved back to Wagga to finish my degree.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png What was the degree in?

Caitlin de Wit: Equine studies. Horses.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And you played sport before then?

Caitlin de Wit: I ran a little bit, and I rode horses. They were my sports. And then in my first year of uni I started soccer. That was my first team sport that I played.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So what made you take up basketball?

Caitlin de Wit: I suppose when I lefty hospital I was a bit bored. I wanted something to do. Keep me fit and occupied. So.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So which team did you join?

Caitlin de Wit: I just joined the local Wagga team.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png There’s a local Wagga team?

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah, there was. I don’t know if its still there. And then I joined… and then Sarah Stewart saw me at a juniors’ camp. And I joined what was then the Hills Hornets in the women’s league.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So you played with the Hills Hornets.

Caitlin de Wit: mmm hmm

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And when was that?

Caitlin de Wit: My first season was 2007.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Did they win the championships that year?

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png They won for a series of years straight…

Caitlin de Wit: They won straight up until 2011. We had one win as the Flames.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And you joined the junior Australian women’s team?

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah, the under 25s.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And where did you go with them?

Caitlin de Wit: We went to Canada for the under 25 World Championships.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png When was that?

Caitlin de Wit: 2011.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And you’re still playing with the Flames in Sydney. And you played for the Gliders at the Osaka Cup?

Caitlin de Wit: Yep.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And that was in January this year?

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah. February maybe? January-February?

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And that was your first trip overseas with the senior side

Caitlin de Wit: Yes.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And now this is therefore your second trip with the Gliders?

Caitlin de Wit: Yes.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Been overseas much before then?

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah. Been overseas a little bit. Not with basketball.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Being from South Africa.

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah. My family traveled a little bit as a kid, so… yeah.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Have you played anywhere overseas with any other teams?

Caitlin de Wit: No.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So how are you enjoying it here in Bangkok?

Caitlin de Wit: Good. It’s been a really great experience.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png I keep worrying about whether they are going to blockade the airport when we need to get out of here.

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah, it should be fine.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Okay, so enjoy it!

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah!



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