The latest Thai immigration chief’s high profile arrests and press conferences are starting to draw comparisons with his disgraced predecessor.
Big Oud – Lt-Gen Sompong Chingduang – was speaking at his second major conference of the week at immigration HQ in Suan Phlu, Bangkok. The style and manner of the chief’s approach – albeit without the same charisma and razzamatazz – is starting to draw comparisons in online forums with the former tourist police and immigration supremo Big Joke or Lt-Gen Surachate Hakparn. Big Joke is now shuffling paper at the PM’s office following his abrupt fall from grace in April, notes Thaivisa. Yesterday Big Oud – the more dour reincarnation at Immigration who came from the Border Control Police – was seen with lots of vinyl boards yesterday announcing the latest arrests under his command.
He presented four cases as follows: 1. A 27 year old Omani who he described as a “top fugitive” wanted in his homeland was arrested in Phuket.He was named in an Omani warrant for online fraud that swindled 10 people out of 10 million baht. He had been spending the proceeds on a tour of Asia including Thailand. 2. A Chinese national travelling on a fake Indonesian passport was arrested in the Suan Luang area of Bangkok. The suspect admitted buying the passport through a “chat” application and further admitted that he used it to escape crime committed in China. The investigation in this case is being expanded to find other law breakers. 3. Big Oud said that 231 Chinese people had been denied entry into Thailand. These followed a widespread crackdown on online gambling syndicates in Cambodia. The Thais had been informed by their counterparts across the border that Chinese nationals and others may be moving operations into Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. Many were found with suspicious computer equipment, denied entry and sent back from whence they came. 4. Two adult monks and two 14 year old novices from Cambodia were arrested after complaints about monks collecting cash and other donations at a market and other areas in Nakorn Pathom. The suspects were arrested at a Buddhist retreat after they were discovered to not have passports. They were charged with illegal entry and will be deported. Big Oud was asked by the press about two Thai women called Dear, 28, and Naya, 20, who are wanted in Thailand for computer fraud. He said that the pair are on a watchlist to ensure they do not leave Thailand.Facebook.
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