Thai Policeman Given Life Over Backpacker Killings

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From The TimesMay 27, 2005Thai policeman given life over backpacker killingsFrom Andrew Drummond in KanchanaburiA THAI police sergeant who shot dead a British backpacking couple ‘like rabid dogs’ near the bridge over the River Kwai was jailed for life yesterday.Somchai Wisetsingh was initially jailed for 33 years and four months for the murder of Adam Lloyd, 24, from Torquay. He …

Thais Feared Testifying In Tourist Murder Trial

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From The Times January 15, 2005Thais feared testifying in tourist murder trialFrom Andrew Drummond in Kanchanaburi WITNESSES in the trial of a policeman accused of murdering two British backpackers said yesterday that they had been afraid of giving evidence. The court in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, heard how Vanessa Arscott, 24, was run down in the street and shot three times by …

Luxury Resorts Where Bodies Of Tourist Litter The Beach

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From The TimesDecember 29, 2004Luxury resorts where bodies of tourists litter the beachRemote and exclusive location hinders rescue bidFrom Andrew Drummond in Khao Lak, ThailandTHE shattered luxury beach hotels of Khao Lak began yielding up their dead yesterday as rescue crews battled their way through the debris to discover the full horror of the devastation left in the trail of …

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Pai Police Fabricated Evidence

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NHRC wants DSI to take over Pai inquiry February 9, 2008 Top forensic doctor Pornthip Rojanasunand has rejected the police account of the shooting of two Canadians, one of whom was killed, in the northern town of Pai last month. Pornthip has been studying post mortems carried out both in Calgary, Canada and in Chiang Mai. She said this week that police claims …

Witness Tells How Thai Officer Killed British Couple

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From Times OnlineSeptember 10, 2004Witness tells how Thai officer killed British coupleFrom Andrew Drummond in Kanchanaburi, and Jenny Booth, Times OnlineA witness has described in graphic detail how she saw a Thai policeman gun down two British tourists in the holiday resort of Kanchanaburi in western Thailand.Adam Lloyd, 24, and Vanessa Arscott, 23, from Torquay, were killed in the early …

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British Couple Shot Dead In Thai Tourist Spot

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Damning new evidence has emerged in the case of two Canadians shot by a policeman in the northern town of Pai last month after two eye-witnesses to the drama sought protection from the National Human Rights Commission.The witnesses, (pictured with Human Rights Commissioner Surasee Kosolnavin and DSI Colonel Piyawate Kingkate) a young man and woman from Chiang Mai, told the …

Jungle Tribes Losing War Against Loggers

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From The TimesJune 4, 2004Jungle tribes losing war against loggersFrom Andrew Drummond in Upper Baram, SarawakIn former days the people here would have taken heads with machetes in retaliation for what has happened to their land and livelihood.But at a dayak longhouse 160 miles up the Baram River in Sarawak, Borneo, a headhunter’s descendant in a land ravaged by logging …

Powerful Man Of Eastern Promises

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From The TimesMay 11, 2004Powerful man of eastern promisesA look at the man behind the bid to buy into LiverpoolFrom Andrew Drummond in BangkokTHE rise to power of Thaksin Shinawatra, Thailand’s Prime Minister, three years ago was secured by projecting himself as a patriotic, iron-fisted, man of the people.His promises to slash rural poverty, set up a fledgeling national health …

Troops Crush Militants In Thai Uprising

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From The TimesApril 29, 2004Troops crush militants in Thai uprisingFrom Andrew Drummond in BangkokTHAI troops killed 34 militants who had hidden in a mosque yesterday during the bloodiest day of violence in 30 years of unrest in the south of the country.Across the region, in the mainly Muslim southern provinces of Pattani, Yala and Songkhla, 132 mostly teenage Muslims, many wearing …

Burma Rebel Chief Comes Out Of The Jungle To Talk Peace

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From The TimesJanuary 16, 2004Burma rebel chief comes out of jungle to talk peaceGeneral flies to Rangoon seeking release of junta opponents in return for laying down armsBy Andrew DrummondAFTER fighting the Burmese military junta for more than 55 years, General Bo Mya, leader of the Karen National Union (KNU), the last large rebel group fighting the Government, yesterday touched …