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The Youtuber who made and posted a damning video of a taxi driver after a journey from Suvarnabhumi airport has gone to police after receiving an email that looks like an extortion attempt.
The email uses a foreign name “Thierry Perenon”.
The sender claims to be a friend of the taxi driver, Thong, saying that he has suffered as a result of the video. It goes on to claim that the sender was instrumental in the arrest of Anastasia Vasukevich in the infamous “sex instructor’s” case in Pattaya saying that she faces 10 years jail.
The sender claims to have a real badge and DSI and CSD connections. Both are special investigative police departments.
The email alleges that Mr McKee is breaking Thai law and does not have a work permit.
And for spreading “fake news” 200,000 baht is demanded.
Then comes what may be construed as a further threat: “When someone takes a video with a phone you see what happens to them”.
Mr McKee said in a video that he felt uncomfortable about all this and Siam Chon News said in their story that he felt he was in danger.
The news media also said that Mr McKee is British. He was previously reported in the Thai media as being from the US.
Thaivisa are trying to verify this and other details with Mr McKee but have thus far been unsuccessful in hearing from him.
Last week the taxi driver Thongkham Sakaew, 50, was arrested and appeared in the Thai media in tears saying he had always been a good driver.
He was shown on the video calling his passenger mean. It was said that he initially refused to turn on the meter and then was reluctant to return 75 baht in change after the journey because he wanted a tip.
The YouTuber explained in fluent Thai what had transpired from his point of view.
He told Sian Chon News that the matter with the taxi driver that happened on the 27th of March was all over.
But the email he has just received is a different matter.
It is not yet known what police station he reported to.