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A Syrian national without a single Thai stamp in his passport told immigration officers that arrested him in Mukdahan that he didn’t know how to get an extension.
Ghassan Bajbouj, 45, was arrested after he presented his passport to Pol Capt Wilailuk Thawacharee at the Friendship Bridge 2 checkpoint in Bang Sai Yai in the north eastern Thai city.
The passport was entirely empty of any stamps.
Ghassan was taken away for questioning and soon the PIBICS system revealed that he had entered Thailand on 22nd July 2014 on a 90-day visa and had permission to stay until 19th October of that year.
He was thus on an overstay of 1,702 days.
He told immigration that he had lost his old passport and got his relatives to get his a new one and try and get him a visa at the Thai embassy in Cairo, Egypt.
His Syrian relatives came to Thailand to give him his new passport but they seemed unable to get a stamp for him.
And he told the investigators he had no idea how to do it himself.
He has now been locked up. All this was done under the command of acting immigration chief Lt-Gen Sompong Chingduang, reported Naew Na.