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American Caught Using Forged Passport Sentenced To 4 Years Behind Bars

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American Using Forged Passport Sentenced To 4 Years Behind Bars

An American arrested last year attempting to leave Thailand using a forged Canadian passport was sentenced to four years in prison last week at Mukdahan Provincial Court.

At his trial in February, Robert Bell, 54, pled guilty to forging and using a Canadian passport to allow him to live and work in Thailand following his arrest last September by immigration officers at the Friendship 2 Bridge.

The court ruled he would be eligible for parole after he has served 2 years in Mukdahan prison.

Judges took into consideration time already served with September 2020 to be considered one year served.

Bell’s legal team say they will appeal and will request the sentence as served, however, due to the severity of his crimes, the judges fear any further leniency will question the legal system adding they understand foreigners have a tougher time in Thai prisons compared to their home countries but the fact Mr Bell held the fake passport for many years and used it multiple times, his case is being used as an example to anyone attempting similar crimes.

If Bell is granted parole in 2021 he will be handed directly to the US embassy for deportation.

In a bizarre request to the court, Bell asked if it would be possible for him to be deported a neighbouring country.

The request was immediately dismissed as impossible on many counts including the fact his genuine American passport expired many years previously.

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Four New BTS Stations Opening Friday

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The operators of the BTS Skytrain system announced the opening of four new stations on the Sukhumvit Line northern extension will go ahead as planned this Friday following a series of successful test runs.

The four new stations opening are Royal Forest Department (N14), Bang Bua (N15), 11th Infantry Regiment (N16) and Wat Phra Si Mahathat (N17).

All trips between the Royal Forest Department and Wat Phra Si Mahathat will be free until the end of the year.

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang said the new stations would link educational institutions, government offices, and suburban communities while relieving traffic on normally congested roads along the route of the new extension.

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On Nut Cannabis Farm Busted

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On Nut Cannabis Farm Busted

Two Chinese nationals were arrested and 1,000 cannabis plants seized after Bangkok Metropolitan police raided a warehouse in the On Nut area following a tip-off from the owner of the premises.

The two men, here on student visas, were selling dried organic marijuana to clients for 250,000 baht per kilo, however, their landlord became suspicious at high power bills running into six-figures every month in a property with a monthly rental price of only 40,000 baht.

On Nut Cannabis Farm Busted

He called the police and asked them to look into the matter and surveillance was put in place to gather evidence.

Wu Ding Bin, 41, said to be the ringleader in the online business, caught on he was being watched and cut the power to the warehouse letting all the plants die.

Police had gathered enough evidence against him and raided the warehouse while another team picked him up at a condo on Soi Ramkhamhaeng 24/3.

He was remanded in custody pending further legal proceedings.

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Nike Open Flagship Store At Siam Center

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Nike Open Flagship Store At Siam Center

Nike Thailand has launched a massive new flagship store in Bangkok’s Siam Center designed to showcase product innovation.

Operated by Southeast Asian luxury retail specialist Valiram, the new 9000sq foot Nikestore offers a blend of physical and digital retail experiences for shoppers.

Nike Open Flagship Store At Siam Center

“Nike Bangkok at Siam Center exists to offer everyone the ability to make sport a daily habit, ensuring they are inspired and committed to staying active,” said director of Nike stores Southeast Asia & India Tarundeep Singh.

Services such as head-to-toe apparel fitting and footwear trialling are offered to provide consumers with opportunities to deepen their connection with the brand and select products suited to their needs.

You can also book one-on-one sessions with running experts and styling specialists.

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