Here is a look at the top NATIONAL stories, chosen by our team, from last week, August 31st to September 6th, with some commentary. They are not in any particular level of importance but are listed in order of date of publication.
1. Investigation of fugitive Red Bull heir conducted with dishonesty and conspiracy, says committee Chairman
Thailand’s justice system is not certainly dying out after the Office of Attorney-General (OAG) announced last Tuesday, September 1, that there were loopholes and unfaithful procedure in the Red Bull heir previous investigation. The names of the prosecutors, investigators, and officials who have carried out the dishonesty and conspiracy had also been privately disclosed to the Prime Minister. The case exposition is very promising to Thai people as the Truth and Law Committee of the OAG also committed to actively proceed forward after the findings.
2. Two foreigners in custody after allegedly taking selfies while manhandling supposedly endangered and sensitive sea creatures in Koh Pha Ngan
This might have sounded like ordinary acts of environmental harm until the Royal Thai Immigration had decided to revoke their permission to stay in the country on the following day. The two long-stay foreigners were arrested on Wednesday, September 2, over allegedly handling sensitive sea creatures in Koh Pha Ngan and had caused mixed public reactions over their punishment of deportation. Do they deserve it or has the Thai authority gone too far with the punishment? Read the cover story here:
3. Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration in Thailand says one prisoner tested positive for Covid-19
The infamous discovery of the positive Thai prisoner in Bangkok has ended the 101 days free of no locally-transmitted Covid-19 in the country. Although the authorities had ordered strict health measures and the closure of nightclubs and bars where the DJ prisoner had gone to work for 3 days, locals are still living with doubt and fear since they did not know the possibility of where the virus would have come from.
4. Two anti-government protest leaders held in prison after allegedly violating bail release conditions
After a long journey of their democracy fight and countless protests conducted across the country, two pro-democracy activists, Arnon Nampa and Panupong Jadnok had to pay their price as they were eventually admitted to prison last Thursday over their activism allegedly broke the bail release conditions. They were sent to a prison on the same day and many anti-government protestors have been gathering in front of the Bangkok prison since to demand the release of their leaders.
5. Covid-19 insurance officially approved for foreigners traveling to Thailand
This insurance proposal for foreign tourists is being launched after Thailand is preparing for the country re-opening hopefully next month. Covid-19 insurance will be sold online and available from sixteen insurance companies in Thailand. The coverage is up to 3.2 million baht but the price and premiums are varied depending on the individual’s country of origin. According to authorities, this would potentially help increase more tourists visiting the country after the re-opening.
That is all for this week, thank you all for reading!