The 31-year-old caused mass panic in high security prison HMP Bullingdon after collapsing in his cell within days of arriving, reports The Sun. The Thai authorities used the women to demonstrate their determination to crack down on drug trafficking. 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You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. According to the Department of Health yesterday afternoon a total of 1,358 people have been tested for coronavirus in the UK, of which 1,350 were confirmed negative and eight positive. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Thai king takes control of some $30bn crown assets. The Prime Minister's intervention became known this week. Officials in Bangkok expected them to be released in the next few days, adding it was very rare for the King of Thailand to intervene. While a Bullingdon nurse who tended to Rumble has been sent into “self-isolation” at home and Public Health England officials were supposedly seen at the prison. A prison is just about the worst place for any outbreak because everyone is in such close quarters.”. In 2015, a Thai factory worker faced charges for insulting King Bhumibol's dog. Often called revered, Thailand’s King Bhumibol was a divisive and negative force for Thailand’s politics and democracy, writes Lee Jones. Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters This photo, taken on May 12, is probably more the image Thai officials are going for. King Bhumibhol reigned over Thailand for 70 years, acquiring a reputation for selfless work in the service of his country, an image endlessly propagated by the Thai media and a consistent flow of PR from the palace. There is no suggestion he is involved in the allegations. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Britain is facing a major coronavirus outbreak, with Brighton at the centre thanks to 53-year-old businessman and scout leader Steve Walsh, who infected at least 11 people after contracting it in Singapore and then holidaying in the French Alps. According to Amnesty Thailand, at least 59 human-rights defenders have been victims of forced disappearance since 1998. A prisoner who sparked a coronavirus scare in a UK jail is an alleged drugs kingpin recently extradited from Thailand. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Here's the English trailer for The Drug Kingdom, a new South Korean drama movie now on Netflix. The scare at the prison comes as a second primary school told they can stay away to prevent the virus from spreading, although both schools remain open. Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Sirikit appearing at a balcony of Anantasamakom Throne Hall in Bangkok to mark the King's birthday in 1999. The Thai monarchy has never been a powerful or outspoken champion of democracy, but many Thais believed the king’s late father, Bhumibol Adulyadej, tried to soften the harshness of military rule. Published 8 February 2019. TWO BRITISH women jailed in Thailand for heroin smuggling have been granted royal pardons. Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. But as their families celebrated last night, both governments made it clear they were still considered guilty and were being freed on humanitarian grounds. {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}}, Thai King pardons drug smugglers: Secret letter from Major helped to, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. A TEACHER jailed for 25 years for trying to smuggle heroin out of Bangkok was released from prison yesterday after she was granted a royal pardon by the King of Thailand. ', The Foreign Office said last night: 'Government to government communications have to remain confidential to be effective.'. The consort, also known as Koi Wongvajirapakdi, was gifted the title of royal consort to mark the king's 67th birthday last July. The Bangkok Post counts 80 confirmed disappeared, and likely murdered, since 1980. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Augsburger Allgemeine also reported that there was significant development on October 12 when a Royal Thai Air Force plane departed from Munich for Bangkok with the King’s 15 year old son, Prince Dipangkorn Rajismoti. When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Alleged drug kingpin Mark Rumble, recently pictured with boxer Ricky Hatton in Thailand, apparently collapsed in his cell with suspected coronavirus days after being extradited to the UK on drugs charges, Our free email newsletter sends you the biggest headlines from news, sport and showbiz. Until then, the family had worked closely with the Foreign Office, but they finally decided not enough was happening through official channels. Please ask these silly people in England to shut up. Thailand, meanwhile, has had 33 confirmed cases of the deadly virus, second only to China where it originated in December - declaring its first case on January 13, two weeks before Rumble returned. You can unsubscribe at any time. The problem of drug trafficking in Thailand has been addressed by the Thai Government through imposition of a harsh penalty such as life imprisonment and even death. At her trial Smith pleaded guilty and was sentenced in December 1990 to 25 years in jail. King Rama IX ruled over a period of time that saw the reinvention of the Thai monarchy and the creation of a very particular place within Thai society and public life for the monarchy. Two Britons, Sandra Gregory and Robert Lock, are due to appear in court in Bangkok tomorrow on heroin trafficking charges. Latest Thailand news stories including crime and drugs, health news, road accidents, tourism news, nature and wildlife stories, and other Thai news headlines Patricia Cahill, 20, from Birmingham, and Karyn Smith, 22, from Solihull, were arrested three years ago and convicted of trying to smuggle 66lb of heroin out of the country. Our. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Thai officials ordered that the snaps of King Maha Vajiralongkorn be wiped from the web by 10am today — though they are still on show. The Thai Department of Corrections confirmed Rumble's identity on Wednesday morning, but said he had no symptoms and passed a medical check prior to his extradition. Two hundred pills of ecstasy were reportedly found in the possession of the 27-year-old Whitmore and his Australian friend in a resort in Pattaya. Cahill, who denied the charge, was sentenced five months later to 18 years and nine months' imprisonment, although a juvenile under Thai law. The source said: “The jail’s been in panic mode since the first person collapsed. At their trials the women claimed they had been duped into carrying the cases while on a holiday paid for by a man they knew in Birmingham. It follows the news yesterday that St Mary's Independent School, in Southampton, Hampshire, asked pupils not to attend for three days while a deep clean took place. Portrait of King Vajiralongkorn, EmQuartier, 2017. Thai king voices unease at level of killings in anti-drug campaign. According to the newspaper, a source has said an entire wing was last night in lockdown and inmates are being forced to remain in their cells, with three convicts being tested. Detailed info about Viagra and other sex drugs in Thailand. Thai king takes control of some $30bn crown assets. Rumble, of Wallingford, Oxfordshire, is due to enter a plea at Oxford Crown Court on February 20, and is understood to deny the charges. “Several hundred prisoners on C-wing are in lockdown and unable to leave their cells. A BRIT who spent six months in a Thai prison after being fleeced by an ex has told of the torture and abuse he suffered behind bars. Have they any idea what it is doing to our case?'. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? The drugs were hidden among bottles of shampoo and toiletries. Thai officials have told Germany that Prime Minister Prayut is responsible for government matters, while the King is in Germany for personal reasons. He is understood to deny the allegations. Can we hug?' Historically, laws that govern illegal or prohibited drugs … Start your Independent Premium subscription today. 'It was a high-risk strategy, and could have upset the Thai government. Yours might be completely different. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. “The Royal Thai Government and the Royal Thai Police have no such policy to detain, harass, abduct, threaten and drug test Western tourists in Thailand. Mark Rumble was reportedly arrested riding a Harley Davidson motorbike in Pattaya, Thailand, in November - before being brought back to the UK when he was charged with supplying Class A drugs to tourists. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Reign Accession to the throne. It's a load of rubbish. Bosses at the category B facility in Oxfordshire are still awaiting Rumble and another man's results, expected sometime today. The Thai authorities used the women to demonstrate their determination to crack down on drug trafficking. Thailand is known to be strict when it comes to drug related cases. The alleged dealer was photographed in Thailand with British boxing champion Ricky Hatton. According to the 2007 Constitution, the cabinet instructed the president of the National Assembly to invite Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn to the throne.