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    Thailand Issues Arrest Warrant for London-based Facebook User

    Thai officials said Wednesday they obtained an arrest warrant for a London-based Thai woman who allegedly used Facebook to spread false information about the junta, as rights activists raised concern over what they described as “criminalization of freedom of expression” in Southeast Asia.


    Watana Ebbage, 56, who administers the Facebook page “KonthaiUK” from England, is to be arrested for allegedly posting graphic images that affected national security, Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan told reporters in Bangkok.


    “We issued a red warrant,” Prawit told reporters at the Defense Ministry in Bangkok, using another term for an Interpol “red notice” or an international arrest warrant issued against people wanted for extradition.


    Prawit described Watana as “the one with penchant of distorting news about the prime minister.”


    Watana’s post included images of airships, satellites and photos of Prawit and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha, the junta leader. The posting implied that the government’s recent plan to buy satellites and its U.S. $10 million (321 million baht) purchase of a faulty blimp, which was dumped last year, were part of a corrupt scheme.


    The Facebook post read: “The balloon was a dud, but you want to buy 91.2 billion baht ($2.84 billion) satellite for kickback. Do we let them do it?”


    “Such modifications may cause panic among people who may believe the information is real,” Thai tourist police chief Surachate Hakparn told reporters, referring to Watana’s post.
    The blimp was plagued by a series of malfunctions before it was decommissioned in 2017.

    Meanwhile, the Thai defense ministry announced last week that it was studying the feasibility of building or acquiring its own satellites.


    The court approved the warrant for Watana’s arrest on the charge of importing information into a computer system that compromises national security after authorities determined that she was the registrant of the Facebook page.


    She was charged with violating the Computer Crime Act, which is punishable by up to five years in prison, a senior police official told BenarNews.


    Watana’s post went viral with more than 10,000 Facebook shares. In addition, charges have been filed against 29 others for sharing the false information, Surachate told reporters after meeting with Prawit on Wednesday.


    On June 1, police filed criminal charges against a Cambodian man who allegedly posted a false report about the Thai prime minister on his website. Authorities said the information might undermine the country’s national security.


    Ratanak Heng, 21, was arrested in Phnom Penh by Cambodian police at the request of the Thai government. He was turned over to Thai police and flown the same day to Thailand, where he told reporters he was sorry. If convicted, Ratanak will face imprisonment of up to five years or a fine of 100,000 baht ($3,175) or both, authorities said.


    Prayuth took power on May 22, 2014, after leading a coup that toppled the government of Yingluck Shinawatra. Since then, the military junta has detained political leaders and imposed laws aimed at gagging dissent, rights activists said.


    The nation’s defense budget has almost tripled over the last decade as the nation experienced two military takeovers.



    Fake news proliferate online


    During the past few months, rights groups have raised alarms over a series of legal moves across Southeast Asia where legislators are expanding existing regulations by invoking the proliferation of fake news online to introduce stricter laws.


    On Wednesday, journalists and rights advocates gathered at a forum organized by the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand in Bangkok to discuss what they described as the “criminalization of freedom of expression” as a disturbing regional trend.


    In April, Cambodia’s last independent newspaper, the Phnom Penh Post, was sold to a Malaysian investor with links to Prime Minister Hun Sen. In late May, the Cambodian authorities announced restrictions on reporters covering next month’s elections.


    Two former employees of Radio Free Asia’s Cambodia bureau, which closed under government pressure last September, were detained in November on espionage charges and remain in custody.


    In the Philippines, the government in January ordered the closure of online news service Rappler, which had been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.


    In Thailand, nearly 100 people have been charged with sedition for expressing opinions or holding peaceful protests since the May 2014 coup.


    Matthew Bugher, who heads the Asia Program for Article 19, an international human rights organization that promotes the right to freedom of expression and information, told the forum that the list keeps growing longer in the region specifically targeting freedom of expression.


    “Social media can be used as an outlet for discussing things which you can’t discuss elsewhere, but the governments are not taking it lying down,” he said.


    https://www.benarnews.org/english/ne...018165724.html

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    How dare that lunatic woman accuse out glorious leaders of corruption, but good that she didn't mention submarines or we wouldn't hear the end of it!

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    Attempts to extend their seemingly oligarchical authoritarian ways will fall deaf among most....

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    Meanwhile, the Thai defense ministry announced last week that it was studying the feasibility of building or acquiring its own satellites.

    .....and here is the prototype, the somchai mk.1!



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    Although laughable and insincere, I prefer Trump's version of fighting bad press by calling it fake news.
    Small-dick Thai politicians have to resort to punitive measures. Part of Thailand's problem with getting on in the modern world.

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    a London-based Thai woman
    She was charged with violating the Computer Crime Act
    importing information into a computer system
    “We issued a red warrant,” Prawit told reporters at the Defense Ministry in Bangkok, using another term for an Interpol “red notice” or an international arrest warrant issued against people wanted for extradition.
    If she did it in the UK, I doubt the the Thai authorities will get far wih an attempt at extradition. They'll only get her if she is foolish enough to fly back to Thailand.
    Last edited by Neverna; 14-06-2018 at 08:35 PM. Reason: typo corrected

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    She was charged with violating the Computer Crime Act


    are they also pursuing the shinawatrs with interpol red cards for trousering billions of baht and ruining a million tons of rice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Although laughable and insincere, I prefer Trump's version of fighting bad press by calling it fake news.
    Small-dick Thai politicians have to resort to punitive measures. Part of Thailand's problem with getting on in the modern world.
    Modern World?
    Define, please.....


    [this should be predictable]

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    Not a chance in hell they will get an extradition warrant over a Facebook post.

    Quite laughable that they have issued an arrest warrant in Thailand because of Faceache.
    Goes to show how tenuous the juntas hold on power and reality is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Although laughable and insincere, I prefer Trump's version of fighting bad press by calling it fake news.
    Small-dick Thai politicians have to resort to punitive measures. Part of Thailand's problem with getting on in the modern world.
    You don't think that Trump wouldn't if he thought he could?

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    Don't know much about the above story, who she is or what sort of visa she is on in the UK, but you can get asylum by slagging off lots of home countries.

    Free asylum, PR, citizenship,, welfare etc, most of us paid big bucks to get Thai/Asia, foreign wives into their home country, reality, tourist visa, some bad facebook posts and it's free.

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    They really think the whole world is beneath them. This is cringeworthy.

    Shame they didn't put as much effort with Yingluck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    You don't think that Trump wouldn't if he thought he could?
    Oh, no, I think he would if he could. But that's the difference I'm pointing out; Trump can't, small dick aside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post
    They really think the whole world is beneath them. This is cringeworthy.

    Shame they didn't put as much effort with Yingluck
    Red Bull heir even more a shame they didn't put any effort into capturing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Not a chance in hell they will get an extradition warrant over a Facebook post.

    Quite laughable that they have issued an arrest warrant in Thailand because of Faceache.
    Goes to show how tenuous the juntas hold on power and reality is.
    I thought extradition cannot be pursued for political 'crimes', which makes it irrelevant for our glorious leaders to prove that she did in fact make that post.

    Still reeling that someone accused said leaders of being corrupt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamescollister View Post
    Don't know much about the above story, who she is or what sort of visa she is on in the UK, but you can get asylum by slagging off lots of home countries.

    Free asylum, PR, citizenship,, welfare etc, most of us paid big bucks to get Thai/Asia, foreign wives into their home country, reality, tourist visa, some bad facebook posts and it's free.
    Doesn't matter what visa she's on, because now she can claim asylum on the ground that she will be persecuted if returned to Thailand, for a political crime that's not a crime in the UK.

    No need to stretch the imagination, since people routinely get to stay in UK and Europe by claiming/pretending to be gay and therefore under threat of death back home.

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    they surely act like insecure and incompetent people,

    over reacting over minor details, and forgetting the whole picture and how ridiculous they look in the process

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    Police taking action against KonthaiUK Facebook page

    BANGKOK, 20th June 2018 (NNT) - Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) Police are seeking a second warrant against the administrator of the “KonthaiUK” Facebook page after an initial warrant failed to deter the site from posting messages attacking the government and the Prime Minister.

    Deputy Commander of the Tourist Police, Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakpal has announced the arrest of five individuals wanted for violations of the Computer Crimes Act after posting to the KonthaiUK Facebook Page images and messages attacking Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha and his deputy Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, and considered likely to incite confusion and panic among the public. Six others are still at large for disseminating false information via computers.

    Investigations have found that the administrator of KonthaiUK is registered as WatanaEbbage and is likely to be 56 year old Watana Ebbage, who resides in London in the United Kingdom. A warrant for her arrest has been issued for entering data that could impact national security or cause public disquiet.

    National News Bureau Of Thailand | Police taking action against KonthaiUK Facebook page

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    That facebook page has a nice photo of Taksin and Yingluck together. Clearly the woman must be guilty of breaking over a thousand different Thai laws just for that.



    But no British laws if she's in the UK as her profile states.

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    considered likely to incite confusion and panic among the public
    Haven't seen any panic or confusion on the streets.

    Altready enough confusion & panic on escalators on a daily basis

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    The whole fashion of the Thai Authoritarian Paranoid Enemy-of-the-Month state is a bit of a ruse and even contradictory, as such an institutional and officialdom status has existed under every ruling contemporary - civilian, military, plutocrat, etc -

    It's the nature of the Thai state, regardless.....

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    That woman in Sweden did something similar if I recall....and other Thais in Sweden went and pelted her windows with eggs and sprayed graffiti. Only stopping when they were warned about arrests for criminal damage...rule of law! Bet that confused 'em!

    Shows the cluelessness that even some natives who move to the civilised world still hold a corrupt government & filthy country close to their hearts.

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