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Swiss Tourist Facing E-Cigarette Charges

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Swiss Tourist Facing E-Cigarette Charges

A Swiss tourist has been arrested and charged with illegally importing e-cigarettes after he was allegedly detained for vaping on the street.

The news of the arrest comes from StattQualm, an e-cig manufacturer in Switzerland, who posted a message on their official Facebook page that a “close friend” of the company had been detained in Thailand.

The lengthy, and at times overly dramatic, statement claims the “close friend” was arrested on July 26th for vaping in public, led away, and jailed for six days.

It’s also claimed the Swiss man, who wasn’t named, was “completely cut off from the environment, without real contact and under degrading and humiliating conditions”.

According to the statement he is facing five years in jail as he is accused of illegally importing e-cigarette into the country.

The story was reported by Minuten, a free daily newspaper in Switzerland, who asked Chris Lusser, CEO of StattQualm, for a quote but he declined stating the privacy of the person involved had to be respected and anything he said may jeopardise legal proceedings.

The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (EDA) confirmed to Minuten the arrest of a Swiss citizen in Thailand. “The Swiss embassy in Thailand is in contact with local authorities and supports this Swiss in the context of consular protection.”

Since 2014 the importation, sale and production for sale of e-cigarettes is illegal with offenders liable to 10 year jail sentences and / or a fine of five times the value of the goods.

The five year sentence mentioned is linked to the import/export ban, so while there is no defined law forbidding the possession of e-cigarettes they fall into a category of goods that have not had tax levied on them therefore making possession illegal.



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Police Bust Wife For Flogging Fake Visas, American Husband For Dealing Dope

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Police Bust Wife For Flogging Fake Visas American Husband For Dealing Dope

Immigration police got two for the price of one when they raided the home of a Thai woman suspected of selling fake visas to foreigners and found her husband was running a cannabis farm from the premisses.

Immigration chief Lt-Gen Sompong Chingduang said his team were investigating the popular Thai Visa Centre in Bang Na and had obtained a search warrant for a house in the Khan Na Yao district of the capital where the “manager” resided with her American husband.

Officers discovered 55 fake immigration stamps and forged documents used to procure visas.

A 34-year-old woman admitted to providing fake visa extensions and stamps to foreign customers and was taken into custody.

Police Bust Wife For Flogging Fake Visas American Husband For Dealing Dope

As officers carried out a search of the house on the second floor they found 60 marijuana plants, 99 grams of dried weed and cannabis oil plus scales, vacuum packaging equipment, and plastic bags used for distributing and selling drugs.

The American husband of the visa forger claimed the cannabis was for personal use. Police dismissed his claims and cuffed him.

The couple were handed over to Bang Chan police for further legal proceedings.

UPDATE: Thai Visa Center has denied any wrongdoing and claims all visas they have assisted in obtaining are legal and legit stating the woman taken into custody was a former “staff member”.

Photo Credit: dailynews.co.th



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CCSA To Discuss Schools Returning To Normal

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CCSA To Discuss Schools Returning To Normal

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration will discuss schools returning to normal opening at a meeting to be held this Friday, August 7.

The announcement was made by General Somsak Roongsita, the secretary-general to the National Security Council, following lobbying by the Education Ministry.

Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan said students should return to school now that the risk of infection is minimal, adding children are missing out and can’t complete their studies through online classes.

If the CCSA gives the go-ahead, millions of classes can return to normal following guidelines issued by the Public Health Ministry.regulations



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Four Shot Dead In Bangkok Gambling Den

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Four people, including a police inspector and a soldier, were shot dead on at an illegal gambling den in Bangkok on Monday night.

The incident happened at around 11pm at a four-storey building in the Yan Nawa district of the capital that left two men and two women dead.

Officers from Thungmahamek Police Station found four bodies including that of Pol Lt-Colonel Watthaseth Samniangprasert, investigation inspector from Samaedam Police Station. The dead soldier and the other two victims were not named.

A manhunt for the killer has been launched by police who gave away few details to the press.

Local media report neighbours heard several gunshots from the ground floor gambling den on Rama III Road Soi 66 where around 60 people were playing slots and baccarat.



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