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A Dutch tourist has accused police in Pattaya of planting drugs on him.
Pieter Van Weele, 48, told reporters how he was returning from a night out in Pattaya when he was stopped in the early hours of the morning by two police on motorbikes.
When he was on his way back to his hotel, Mr Weele said that he had taken a motorbike taxi and stopped at a local store where he was stopped by the two plain clothes officers.
Mr Weele alleges that the officers confiscated his bag and phone and quick search suddenly produced a small bag containing white powder.
The officers then arrested Mr Weele and took him to the police station.
Mr Weele, who admitted to be drunk, denied the bag containing the white powder was his and told the officers he had no idea where it came from.
Mr Weele, then claims that he was taken to a private room at the police station where he was pushed kneed in his testicles.
Mr Weele also claimed that volunteered a sample of urine which was found not to contain drugs.
The Dutchman then alleged that a “farang French guy” who works for Pattaya police told him any charges would be dropped if he paid him 100,000 baht.
Mr Weele claims that he went back to his hotel room with the “farang French guy” where he gave him 40,000 baht in cash before returning to the police station to collect his phone. He also said that officers kept his ATM card that was stored in the case of his phone.
Senior officers are said to be investigating the claims of Mr Weele.
The Dutchman spoke to local reporters after leaving the police station.