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The trial of a Thai construction magnate accused of poaching a rare black panther earlier this year in a begun this week.

The Premchai Karnasuta, the CEO of one of Thailand’s leading property development companies, sparked nationwide outrage after he was allegedly caught by police hunting protected animals in a Thailand wildlife sanctuary.

Premchai was found with weapons and several animal carcasses, including that of an endangered black panther.

The fact that the trial is moving forward is seen as a huge win by many ordinary Thais who initially assumed that the business mogul would get off scot-free.

According to Thailand criminal defense lawyers, it’s extremely common in Thailand for people with exorbitant amounts of money and power to get away with crimes or to even stand trial at all in the first place.

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Officials stated this week that 22 Thai provinces renewed a ban that forbids any new bars, clubs, or other entertainment venues from opening.

The prohibition, instituted by former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, was renewed by a Royal Decree issued by Thailand’s current ruling military junta.

According to Thailand lawyers, although no new bars, clubs, or venues can be opened after the renewal, nightlife establishments already in existence will still be able to extend their business license at the end of each year.

Thaksin’s regime got the idea for the ban from an earlier 1966 law by the military government that said the government should be able to regulate drinking and nightlife “to protect public morality.”

After overthrowing the regime of Thaksin’s sister Yingluck in 2014 in a coup de taut, the ruling junta asked all the provinces whether they wanted to keep the ban or not.

Originally, the ban covered 26 provinces.

Provinces with the new bar restriction still in place include Nonthaburi, Petchaburi, Ranong, Kamphaeng Phet, and Phang Nga.

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Man Who Attempted to Bribe ICE Officer to Deport Wife and Her Child Pleads Guilty

November 29, 2018

An Oregon man pled guilty recently for attempting to bribe a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent in the hopes that the officer would deport his current wife and her child from a previous relationship. Antonio Oswaldo Burgos married his wife in El Salvador and subsequently brought her to the States with her child. […]

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Female Genital Mutilation Ban Ruled Unconstitutional in US

November 26, 2018

A federal judge in Michigan ruled that a ban on female genital mutilation passed by Congress is unconstitutional, stating that states only have the right to outlaw the practice. Human rights groups said that the recent ruling puts girls all across the US at risk of female genital mutilation, considering that around only half of […]

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