Investigation Continues in Oil Smuggling Boat Theft

BANGKOK, June 19 (TNA) – The police are investigating into the theft of three oil-smuggling boats to find masterminds and possible involvement of a police colonel. After disappearing from the police pier in Chonburi’s Sattahip on June 11 with 15 crew members on board, three seized oil-smuggling boats were found adrift in the Thai-Malaysian exclusive economic zone, 90 nautical miles (over 162…

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Legal Recognization of Same-Sex Marriage Celebrated

BANGKOK, June 19 (TNA) – Thailand celebrates historic passage of the Marriage Equality Law with grand ceremony at Government House as Thailand becomes the first Southeast Asian nation to legalize same-sex marriage. The Government House was transformed into a vibrant celebration ground on Tuesday as Thailand marked a momentous occasion with the passage of the Marriage Equality Bill by the…

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Court Rules Adultery Law Unconstitutional

BANGKOK, June 19 (TNA) – The Constitutional Court has unanimously ruled that the law allowing spouses to sue for damages due to adultery is unconstitutional. The court found that Section 1523, paragraph two, of the Civil and Commercial Code, which permits a husband to claim compensation from a man involved with his wife and a wife to claim compensation from a woman openly displaying an affair…

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Thailand Passes Landmark Same-Sex Marriage Law

BANGKOK, June 18 (TNA) – Today marks a historic day for Thailand as the country’s Senate overwhelmingly approves the same-sex marriage bill, making it the first in Southeast Asia to recognize same-sex unions. The bill passed with a vote of 130 to 4, with 18 abstentions. The passage of the bill is a culmination of years of advocacy by LGBTQ+ activists and allies in Thailand…

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Senate Approves Marriage Equality Bill in Historic Vote

ฺBANGKOK, June 18 (TNA) – The Senate has approved the Marriage Equality Bill in its second and third readings, making Thailand the first country in Southeast Asia to implement such a law to legally recognize same-sex marriage. The bill will now be sent to the Cabinet, after which the Prime Minister will present it to the King. The law will come into effect 120 days after its publication in…

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Constitutional Court Considers Key Political Cases

BANGKOK, June 18 (TNA) – The Constitutional Court has considered three key political cases involving Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, the leading opposition Move Forward Party (MFP), and the election process for a new Senate. On the dismissal case of the prime minister Srettha, the court has ordered relevant parties to provide opinions, additional evidence within 15 days and has scheduled the…

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Former PM Thaksin Formally Indicted in Royal Defamation Case

BANGKOK, June 18 (TNA) – The Criminal Court has accepted the indictment from the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) against former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a royal defamation charge related to an interview with foreign media in 2015. The court has later granted bail to him after his lawyer posted a bail bond of 500,000 baht. The Attorney General has ordered an indictment…

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Old Rice Auction Fetches Almost 300 Million Baht

BANGKOK, June 17(TNA) – The Public Warehouse Organization (PWO) has concluded the auction of ten-year-old rice stocks, left over from the Yingluck administration’s rice pledging scheme. Out of the seven qualified bidders, six companies submitted bids. V8 Intertrading Co., Ltd. from Kamphaeng Phet won both warehouse bids, with a total value close to 300 million baht. The first auction of…

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3 Missing Oil-Smuggling Boats Found

SONGKHLA, June 17 (TNA) – The 3 seized oil-smuggling boats that went missing from the Sattahip Police Pier have been found in the Gulf of Thailand, near Malaysian waters, yesterday. Authorities immediately took control of the vessels. They will be brought back to Thai waters and will dock at the Songkhla Police Pier this afternoon. Three boats were found in an overlapping maritime area…

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