“Verdict in the trial of four national park officials, including the former chief of Kaeng Krachan National Park, accused of the enforced disappearance and murder of indigenous rights activist Porlajee ‘Billy’ Rakchongcharoen is expected this Thursday a significant case for the rights of indigenous communities in Thailand. This final judgement will have a profound impact on the accountability of the officials and the future of justice in Thailand. humanrights indigenousrights justiceforbilly thailand kaengkrachannationalpark”
Mai Wongwiangkham, a 55yearold Lao tour guide, found himself in a predicament after being charged by the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) for possessing 14kg of heroin in 2016. The ONCB accused Mai of smuggling the drugs into the kingdom while driving to Nong Khai to pick up Thai tourists bound for Laos. As part of the prosecution efforts, the ONCB impounded Mai’s Chery sedan, valued at approximately 350,000 baht.