Southeast Asia

Meth madness behind Mekong massacre?

Posted on November 1st, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

South East AsiaNine Thai soldiers turned themselves in Oct. 29, three weeks after a deadly attack on two Chinese freighters on the Mekong River near the Burmese border. Thirteen Chinese crew members were killed in the attack, their bodies found floating in the river. News accounts in Thailand indicate the freighters were carrying nearly a million amphetamine pills. The army commander in in Thailand's northern Chiang Rai province, Major Gen. Prakarn Chonlayuth, speculated that Burma-based Shan warlord Nor Kham had arranged the execution of the 13 Chinese seamen in a dispute over trafficking routes. (Asia Sentinel, Oct. 31; BBC News, Oct. 29)

Malaysia: life imprisonment, caning for cannabis

Posted on June 3rd, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

South East AsiaA court in Kuching, Malaysian Borneo, sentenced a 23-year-old postman to life imprisonment and 12 strokes of the rattan cane on May 31 for cultivation of cannabis in his house. Zubairi Ismail was also guilty of possessing 2.17 grams cannabis, for which he was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment. Judge Nixon Kennedy Kumbong ordered the jail sentenced to run consecutively. Ismail was given the maximum penalty for the first offense possible under Malaysia's Dangerous Drugs Act of 1952. Zubairi appeared calm but his mother wept when the judgement was delivered. (Borneo Post, May 31)

Trafficked children working in UK "cannabis factories"?

Posted on August 17th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

EuropeChildren are being trafficked into the UK to work in so-called "cannabis factories," according to a new police report. The "factories" are typically located in private houses, but sometimes in agricultural and commercial properties. A study for the Association of Chief Police Officers has found children are being used to tend crops, to illegally divert electricity for the factories, and to break into rival sites.

Malaysia: death for 30 kilos

Posted on August 7th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , .

South East AsiaAn "unemployed" man, R. Satia­moorty, 26, found with 29.298 kilograms of cannabis in his rented car near Setapak, Malaysia, was sent to the gallows Aug. 7. Said High Court Justice Azman Abdullah: "There is only one punishment for drug trafficking, which is death... Drugs is public enemy number one." (The Star, Malaysia, Aug. 7)

Indonesia: prisoner serves three years for typographical error

Posted on April 10th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

South East AsiaA Thai man was released from an Indonesian prison this week after spending an extra three years behind bars due to a typographical error in his paperwork. Kamjai Khong Thavorn, 53, was to be released in 2007 after completing a 20-year term for heroin possession, but the typo wrongly recorded his sentence as starting in 1997 rather than 1987.

Burma prepares offensive against Shan State Army

Posted on March 26th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

South East AsiaAfter years of relative peace, Burma's military junta is said to be preparing an offensive against the ethnic guerilla armies of the Golden Triangle. In the village of Doi Tailaeng, on Burma's border with Thailand, militants of the 10,000-strong Shan State Army (SSA) are carrying out maneuvers in preparation for the expected onslaught. "We are preparing for new battles," said SSA commander Sao Yawd Serk.

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