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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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Armed Bank Robber Who Stole 500,000 Baht Arrested

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Armed Robber Makes Off With 500,000 Baht From GH Bank

A 46-year-old Thai man who held up and robbed a Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural in Bangkok earlier this week has been arrested.

The incident happened just after 2pm on Wednesday at the Bangbon branch at Soi Ekachai 86 when the man armed with a knife and a plastic gun entered the branch and hopped over the counter helping himself to half a million baht before fleeing the scene.

He was picked up after detectives followed his movements using CCTV from the surrounding area.

The robber made a full confession telling officers the gun was made of plastic, adding he’d robbed the bank to feed his gambling habits.

He was remanded in custody pending further legal proceedings.

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Chiang Mai Karaoke Bar Hostess Tests Positive for COVID-19

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Chiang Mai Karaoke Bar Hostess Tests Positive for COVID-19

A Thai woman who came back from Myanmar to Chiang Mai without entering state quarantine has tested positive for COVID-19, according to officials.

The 29-year old works as a hostess in a karaoke bar and may have visited several shopping malls and a cinema in the city.

The governor of Chiang Mai, Charoenrit Sanguansat, said a press conference will be held later today with a timeline of where the woman has visited.

He reminded the public to follow COVID-19 prevention measures including wearing a mask, social distancing and regular hand washing.

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Researchers Discover Rare Whale Skeleton Off Thai Coast

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Researchers Discover Rare Whale Skeleton Off Thai Coast

A whale skeleton between 3,000 and 5,000 years old has been discovered 12 kilometres off the coast of Thailand just to the west of Bangkok.

The remains of the 12 meters long almost perfectly preserved skeleton is thought to be that of a Bryde’s whale, were found in early November.

The experts hope that the discovery might provide “a window into the past”, specifically for research on sea levels and biodiversity.

Pictures shared by Thailand’s environment minister Varawut Silpa-archa show the bones apparently almost entirely intact.

Researchers Discover Rare Whale Skeleton Off Thai Coast

He said that over 80 percent of the skeleton has so far been recovered that includes ribs, vertebrae, fins, and one shoulder blade.

As per the experts, the head of the skeleton is alone estimated to be about three meters in length.

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