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“Australian ‘red notice’ led to the arrest of Hakeem al-Araibi”

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“Australia issuance of an Interpol red notice for former Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi that led to his arrest in Thailand”. This revelation from Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai.

Bahrain, which issued an arrest warrant after finding him guilty of criminal charges in 2014, learnt about his overseas trip and requested Thailand to detain him, Don said.

Al-Araibi was arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport on November 27 after a honeymoon trip with his wife while reportedly en route to Australia, where he was granted residency about four years ago.

A Thai Criminal Court agreed on Monday to consider Bahrain’s request to extradite him to face jail term.

Meanwhile, the Thai PM Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters not to “jump to conclusions” regarding the verdict of detained refugee footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi.

Breaking his silence for the first time since Mr Al-Araibi’s arrest, the PM said Thailand was working with Australia and Bahrain to find a solution.

“Do not jump to conclusions about the verdict and do not politicise this. In the meantime, the Foreign Ministry is coordinating with the two countries, both Australia and Bahrain to find a solution for this issue,” he told reporters at a news briefing.

Since the arrest of al-Araibi hit global headlines, Australia has been at the forefront of the demand for his immediate release, arguing that he was a refugee with Australian residency and therefore should not be arrested and face an extradition trial.

“The Interpol’s red notice issued by Canberra on al-Araibi reached the Thai side before he arrived here. Interpol was very quick and we arrested him at the request of Bahrain,” said FM Don yesterday.

Thailand now finds itself caught in the middle of this conflict. A solution would be for Australia and Bahrain to sit down and talk, he said.

“Thailand is willing to help facilitate the talks if both sides agree to settle the matter through negotiations. One way out would be to send him to a third country,” Don said.

SOURCES: The Nation, Australia’s SBS



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Humanitarian aid provided to Chinese man swindled by condo broker

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Humanitarian aid provided to Chinese man swindled by condo broker | The Thaiger

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The Shirrine Clinic at Chamchuri Square shopping centre in Bangkok this week offered 10,000 baht cash and other necessary items to a Chinese man who was left penniless after a condominium broker in Bangkok had allegedly swindled him out of almost one million baht.

A case against the suspect is being handled by Phra Khanong police.

The Chinese victim and his baby boy are in trouble as he is also suffering from cancer.

After learning about his the plight of the Chinese victim on the Tourist Police Bureau’s Facebook page and other Thai media, Shirrine Clinic immediately contacted tourist police to provide humanitarian assistance to the Chinese man and his child.

SOURCE:  Tourist Police Bureau

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Chronically ill man jumps to his death from Bangkok apartment

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A 66 year old man who lived alone and suffered from chronic ailments has been found dead outside a 15 floor apartment building in Bangkok’s Bang Sue district.

It is believed he committed suicide by jumping from the rooftop this morning.

Taopoon police were alerted at 11am that Charn Wanngern died after he fell to the ground in front of the entrance to Building A of Taopoon Mansion.

Police found a suicide note in the man’s room on the 15th floor. No foul play is suspected in the man’s death.

The note also had the mobile phone number of his close friend. Police called him and learned from the friend that Charn used to own a cabaret troupe in Silom and he recently fell and had been suffering from chronic aliments since.

Charn needed to see a doctor regularly and the friend had to take him to his hospital as he lived alone. The friend said he had a schedule to take Charn to see his doctor this Friday.

Police said Charn’s room was on the west side but he fell from the east side of the building so he likely went up to the roof and jumped down.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Man arrested over 50 million baht scam

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A man has been arrested for allegedly defrauding around 100 stock market investors of about 50 million baht.

Pol Lt Gen Suchate Hakparn, the Immigration Bureau chief who also heads the economic crime centre, says 52 year old Jittaraphon Nisarat was arrested on Tuesday at his apartment in Bangkok’s Phra Khanong district.

Surachate says Jittaraphon was arrested under a warrant issued by the Criminal Court on Friday.

Jittaraphon was accused of collaborating with two other accomplices to convince over 100 victims to invest in their company with a promise of a 10 per cent yield per month for their investment. The investors were asked to invest at least 300,000 baht.

The investors were told that Jittaraphon’s company would invest in the Wall Street stock market for profits in short sales.

Surachate said the investors received the promised returns for just the first three or four months but Jittaraphon then stopped paying the yields and closed his company and disappeared.

Surachate said police are still hunting for the two accomplices, 40 year old Sorachat Klamsaeng and 34 year old Pirayuth Arj-amnuay.

SOURCE: The Nation

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