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A British man and his Thai wife have called for justice after they lost out on a land deal.
Philip Coghlan, 66, and his wife Sommai had bought land and erected an expensive house with swimming pool and maid’s quarters on the property.
But on the day they moved in they found out to their horror that the land was to be compulsorily purchased to build a new road.
There was nothing they could do – but instead of receiving their money back they have been given 9 million baht. This was after they invested 23 million baht.
They complained to the relevant authorities and have been told bluntly that all they can do is appeal the figure they have been offered.
They bought the land from a local “Phoo Yai Ban” (village elder) in the Banglamung area of Chonburi who assured them that there would be no road going through that area.
“The Thai people are great and it is lovely to live in Thailand,” Philip told reporters. “We just ask for fairness in this matter and a fair valuation of the land”.