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Civil Aviation Authority Suspends Incoming Flights Following Passenger Quarantine Revolt

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Civil Aviation Authority Suspends Incoming Flights Following Passenger Quarantine Revolt

The Civil Aviation Authority has suspended all passenger flights from landing in Thailand for 3 days effective almost immediately after the announcement late Friday night.

From April 4, 2020 00:01 to Apr 6, 23:59 no flights will be allowed to land with the following exemptions: state or military aircraft, emergency or technical landings, humanitarian and medical relief flights, repatriation and cargo aircraft.

Order banning all passenger airlines from Thailand

The move came after a revolt by over 100 passengers who landed at Suvarnabhumi Airport on Friday evening on flights from America and Japan refused to be put into compulsory quarantine for 2 weeks.

According to reports, a Major General was summoned to negotiate with the angry crowd who point blank refused to comply with government-issued orders for inbound passengers from Covid-19 hotspots to be put in quarantine at a government facility for 14 days.

After a 20-minute negotiation, the passengers were allowed to leave the airport having agreed to self-quarantine at home.

Soon after the incident went viral the Prime Minister called an emergency meeting with all the relevant authorities for 9am Saturday morning where he ordered passengers who refused to comply to be rounded up by police/army and taken to a quarantine facility where they will stay for 14 days.

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In a live broadcast from the Center For Covid-19 Situation Administration, a warning was issued to those who left the airport on Friday night to make themselves known to authorities before 6pm or they will be prosecuted.

Note the number of passengers involved has fallen from 166 to 152 who landed on the following flights.

TG 641 from Japan, 16 people
NH 847 from Japan, 19 people
JL 31 from Japan, 76 people
SQ 976 from Singapore, 44 people
QR 832 from Qatar, 11 people

Following the revolt officials placed tighter controls on passengers landing on later flights who were all taken by bus to a quarantine facility at Sattahip Naval Base where they will stay for 14 days.

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Court Reject Lawsuit Against PM By Former Immigration Chief

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Court Reject Lawsuit Against PM By Former Immigration Chief

The Administrative Court of Thailand has rejected the lawsuit filed by former Immigration chief Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha over his transfer out of the police force to a job in the civil service in April 2019.

In the suit filed with the court on Sept 22, Surachate claimed there had been no investigation for 17 months into why he was removed from the police force and given a job in the civil service working out of the Prime Ministers office as an advisor.

Big Joke said he fulfilled his duties to “full capacity” as Immigration chief and the various other police departments he headed-up.

He claimed the transfer was illegal and the failure of the Prime Minister to conduct an investigation has hindered his career.

The Administrative Court on Tuesday dismissed the lawsuit stating the PM had no case to answer as the letter sent to the Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office by Surachate dated Aug 20 requesting he be reinstated in his role with the Royal Thai Police had a time limit of 90 days for a response.

Surachate filed his lawsuit on Sept 22 before the period of consideration had expired and hadn’t updated the court to the outcome of his requested following the November 18 deadline.

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New Electric Boats Set For Friday Launch

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New Electric Boats Set For Friday Launch

Seven new electric-powered express boats are set to be launched by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration on the Padung Krungkasem canal this Friday.

The boats with service commuters between Thewes and Hua Lamphong piers with each vessel capable of carrying 30 passengers.

New Electric Boats Set For Friday Launch

Boats will run every 15 minutes from 6am to 7pm on weekdays and 8am to 7pm on weekends and will link Chao Phraya ferries and express boats with trains and the MRT at Hua Lamphong station.

The new electric-powered boats will be free of charge to passengers through until May 2021.

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Korean Arrested On Khaosan Road For 2019 Stabbing Of Fellow Countryman

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Korean Arrested On Khaosan Road For 2019 Stabbing Of Fellow Countryman

The prime suspect in the brutal stabbing of a South Korean man in Pattaya 13 months ago has been arrested in Bangkok, according to police.

Keunhui Park, 38, was arrested outside a bar on Khaosan Road on Monday and charged with attempted murder.

Park Jinhyung was found by a taxi driver with multiple stab wounds back in October 2019. He was left in intensive care after being stabbed 17 times.

A warrant for the arrest of Keunhui was issued on the back of information received from the victim’s girlfriend, however, Park fled Pattaya for Bangkok leading to the delay in apprehending him.

Thai media report the vicious attack was over a woman.

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