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Immigration chief Lt-Gen Sompong Chingduang and his teams at a press conference on Saturday announced the result of their work in keeping Thailand free of illegal and law breaking foreigners.
He was acting on orders from the top – prime minister Prayut Chan-ocha and DPM Prawit Wongsuwon via the RTP chief Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda, said Naew Na.
In the period of 1st to 12th July 2,117 arrests were made of illegal immigrants (883) people on overstay (28), workers without work permits (44), those wanted on warrants (13) and 927 other unspecified violations.
Some 222 people were turned back at borders.
The most interesting cases, according to Naew Na, were as follows:
1. Nong Khai immigration arrested Ya Ming Pai from Myanmar on a warrant issued on June 27th for assault with menaces. Miss Ubon Mohrasee, 38, had reported to police that he had beaten her up and told her he would kill her if she told the authorities.
2. In Nong Bua Lamphu Ms Gichuhi Gladwell and Lawrence Muiruri, both 28 year old Kenyans, were arrested for working without a work permit. In addition Mr Muiruri was on 523 days overstay.
They had been teaching at a school in Sri Bunreuang. They will be deported and blacklisted.
3. South Asian arrests.
a) Amnat Charoen immigration arrested Akhilesh Nishad, 31, from India, for working without a permit and on 432 days overstay.
b) Khon Kaen immigration arrested Khalid Shah, 48, from Pakistan for working without a permit and illegal work.
c) Shivam Shukla, 17, from India was arrested for working without a permit.
4. Thai murderer.
Immigration in Mukdahan arrested Narong “Boy” Rortcharoen, 32, on a warrant issued in Prajuab Khiri Khan for murder, concealment of a corpse and tampering with a corpse.
They were acting on information from the Thap Sakae police who examined phone signals and suspected that the suspect was fleeing across the border to Laos.