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Tripadvisor puts warning on Thai hotel that had guest jailed

Tripadvisor is warning potential visitors to a Thai hotel that they could face dire consequences for complaining too harshly about their experience — just like one guest who was thrown in jail over his negative reviews.

The travel-review platform slapped a special notice on its listing for the Sea View Resort & Spa in Koh Chang, Thailand, which had an American visitor named Wesley Barnes arrested after he criticized the hotel online.

Tripadvisor said it took the unusual step to make sure other travelers knew about the Sea View’s “extraordinary” action against Barnes, who was reportedly freed after reaching a settlement with the oceanside island resort.

“Most negative reviews posted are valuable customer service and learning experiences for businesses who choose to constructively engage this feedback,” Massachusetts-based Tripadvisor told The Post in a statement. “However, Tripadvisor strongly opposes any action where a business, like the Sea View Hotel & Spa

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  • November 11, 2020

Liam Fenn: Muslim convert who downloaded suicide vest videos jailed

Liam Fenn

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image captionLiam Fenn repeatedly accessed an “enormous volume” of extremist material online, the court heard

An “obsessional” Muslim convert who downloaded videos on how to make a suicide vest has been jailed.

Liam Fenn, 21, repeatedly accessed an “enormous volume” of extremist material online, Manchester Crown Court heard.

He admitted eight counts of possessing a document likely to be useful to a terrorist and one count of recklessly encouraging terrorism.

Judge Patrick Field QC said Fenn had shown “poor judgement” because of his “obsessional behaviour”.

The court heard Fenn, of Wigan, Greater Manchester, had been referred to the government’s counter-terror programme Prevent following comments he made to a youth mentor at his sixth form in March 2017.

He told police officers he emailed an account attributed to proscribed terror group Al Muhajiroun seeking advice on “how best to conduct jihad”

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  • September 29, 2020

How American Gaylen Grandstaff finally got out of Russia after years falsely jailed

Standing at border control in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport in early April, Gaylen Grandstaff wasn’t sure what was about to happen.

A 53-year-old American from Texas, Grandstaff had been trapped in Russia for almost three years, stuck in a nightmare because of a cleaning product.

Falsely charged by Russian prosecutors with large-scale drug smuggling for ordering a bottle of solvent cleaner online , he had spent nearly two of those years in a Moscow jail while on trial, an ordeal that ABC News chronicled in a documentary film last year.

A court released him and twice found the charges against him to be unfounded. But police had refused to let go of the case.

So as he’d walked towards passport control, Grandstaff thought at best he might likely be turned back—at worst he was taking steps back towards prison.

That didn’t happen. Instead, Grandstaff is finally back in the United States—out

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