A blogger in Singapore was fined $5,843 by the High Court for a blog post he wrote two years ago that criticized the Chief Justice in a anti-gay sex law case, reports Global Voices Online.

The High Court issued the fine to Alex Au Wai Pang, 62, on March 5, after ruling that the article “crossed the legal boundary and constituted scandalizing contempt.”

The Thailand personal injury attorneys at Chaninat and Leeds have been defending and prosecuting criminal law cases in Thailand since 1997.

According to Global Voices Online, Alex and his lawyers argued through their written submissions to the court that the article did not violate any law:

“The [government] has had to twist Mr Au’s words out of context and to editorialize to impute sinister innuendo into his article where none exists. In so doing, [it] has mischievously ignored the caveats in Mr Au’s article that clearly flag out to his readers that he is theorizing, as opposed to making statements of fact.”

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Australia: A massage parlor accused of operating as an illegal brothel won the court case after a Sydney judge ruled the evidence of sexual services offered was inadequate, reports The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH).

The case was brought by the Hornsby Council which spent more than $100,000 to have the Hornsby Massage Centre closed, according to SMH, including paying a private investigator to go undercover to procure sexual services as evidence in the case.

Law firm Chaninat and Leeds has a team of professional Thailand private investigators who have conducted surveillance for a wide variety of cases since 1997.

The Hornsby Massage Centre denied, to the council, that it offered sex and maintained it was a standard, therapeutic massage business.

The case came before court on January 19 and was dismissed in early March after the judge ruled that, even though there was proof of one worker providing sex, the council had not met the “standard of proof” based on the legal definition of brothel, which is “more than one prostitute using the premises at any one time,” reports SMH.

The Hornsby Council is reportedly planning to lobby for an “urgent review” of the “legislative definitions” of a brothel.

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New Thailand Debt-Collection Law Passed

March 12, 2015

Thailand’s first debt-collection law went into effect on March 6 and makes it a violation to collect debts through threatening and abusive practices, reports Thai PBS. Practices used to collect debts that are prohibited under the new law, according to Thai PBS, include: Using abusive, libelous words. Threatening to publicly disclose debtor’s names. Deceiving debtors […]

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American Detroit Housing Scam Fugitive Arrested in Bangkok

March 12, 2015

On Monday, Thai police arrested an American charged with involvement in a telemarketing scam selling Detroit property that conned nearly 300 victims out of $20 million, reports Samui Times. A request issued by the U.S. embassy in Bangkok lead to Joseph Arsenault’s arrest, according to Reuters. Arsenault was charged in November 2014 of conspiracy to […]

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