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High Season: “Tourists will be safe and we will be good hosts” says tourist police chief

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Thailand’s tourist police chief appeared at a press conference yesterday to declare that tourists would be safe and sound this high season and the country will act as hood hosts to the millions of visitors expected.  

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Pol Lt-Gen Chettha Komonwanthana appeared with his minions at the Divalux Resort and Spa Hotel in Lat Krabang to present the results of several top cases showcasing Thailand’s determination to present the right image. The Lt-Gen said he was acting in line with government policy. Six cases to inspire confidence were selected among 723 cases resulting in 766 arrests by the tourist police whose powers stretch well beyond the domain of tourism.

These were the cases resolved in the period from October 24th to 30th: 

1. Thirteen South Koreans were arrested for running a 30 million baht online sports betting operation. 

2. A Thai man called “Best” was arrested for fraud in connection with pool villa bookings. He was an agent who tried to divert people on a booking site to rent his properties. His main source of income was to fraudulently keep security deposits. He made about 300,000 baht from this activity and there were 30 victims.

3. A thieving German was arrested in Pattaya. He found a wallet at Central Marina belonging to a Korean and kept the 700,000 won (17,500 baht) inside it for himself.

4. A Thai woman was arrested for running an illegal tour company called Privilege Cargo and Trading out of premises in Sukhumvit Soi 13 in Bangkok.

5. A dealer called “Chai” was arrested in Patong, Phuket, for supplying ganja to tourists. He was caught with half a kilo of dried, compressed ganja. 6. An Italian man was arrested on 2,531 days overstay. The Italian had entered Thailand on a tourist visa in 2011 and was being investigated for embezzling 2 million baht at a company where he worked. He failed to turn up in court and went into hiding. He is now in the hands of the Bo Phut police on Koh Samui.

Thai Visa / 77kaoded

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