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Alleged “Arab mafia” members arrested in Bangkok



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The chief of the Thai immigration police today announced the arrest of two Arabs in Bangkok’s Nana area. INN reports that they’re “local mafia”, running protection rackets and committing robberies and assaults. The case began when a Thai salon owner filed a report with Lumpini police claiming that her husband and 3 year old son were assaulted by 2 men she described as “mafia figures”. An Apple watch was stolen during the assault.

Police determined that 1 of the men was “Rashwan”, an Iraqi living in a condo in Sukhumvit Soi 1. But when police went there Rashwan was nowhere to be found and appeared to have moved out hastily. The room was a mess and no passport was discovered. The watch was found and a photo of it was shown to the victims who confirmed it was theirs.

A search later resulted in the arrest of the Iraqi, who was found to have entered Thailand illegally, and a man called “Ghassan”, reportedly a Syrian. He is a long term resident in Thailand and is facing 3 court cases. He’s been ordered by the court to remain in Thailand until the cases are resolved.

SOURCES: thaivisa | INN


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  1. Perceville Smithers

    Friday, August 7, 2020 at 11:10 am

    thailand is too free for people who come from certain countries. they think they can run wild and “set up shop” then muscle their way around.

  2. Toby Andrews

    Friday, August 7, 2020 at 11:31 am

    Mafia? Two of them?
    More like petty muggers.
    But their title mafia make the police look good.
    However well done, boys in brown.

  3. Rinky Stingpiece

    Friday, August 7, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    What is it, Soi 3, opposite Nana, it’s hardly inconspicuous, is it?!
    I guess nowadays it’s a lot quieter, and business has dried up completely for some people.

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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