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UPDATE: 5 men were arrested for allegedly kidnapping a 43 year old Chinese businessman, forcing him into a white Mitsubishi Champ sedan on Sukhumvit 39 in Bangkok’s Phrom Phong area.

The abduction was allegedly over a lawsuit filed by the businessman, who had invested in several spas, against one of the suspects who is a construction contractor. Apparently, the contractor was slow at completing the construction of a spa and didn’t match the design. The businessman then filed a lawsuit demanding tens of millions of baht in damages.

Following the alleged kidnapping, a man associated with the businessman says he was contacted by the suspects. He says they demanded he pay a ransom of 3 million Chinese yuan, which is equal to around 15 million baht, or they would kill the businessman. The man then made a report with the Metropolitan Police Bureau’s Children and Women Welfare Division.

The car’s license plates were covered with paper, but police say they were able to track down the car using surveillance camera footage in the area. Police raided the Pho House Resort in the Suphan Buri province, arresting the 5 suspects, who are Thai and Malaysian nationals, and freeing the abducted businessman.

Police say they are still looking for 2 other suspects.

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Thai media reports that around 5 to 6 members of a gang in Bangkok were arrested for allegedly abducting a Chinese national from Sukhumvit soi 39 in the Phrom Phong area. While prior news reports and posts on social media claim a foreign woman was abducted, Thai media now says a man was kidnapped, possibly related to problems paying off debt.

The Metropolitan Police Bureau’s Children and Women Welfare Division interviewed a friend of the missing person, saying that the gang demanded a ransom of 15 million baht and threatened to kill their friend if they went to police.

The gang members were arrested and the abductee was freed, according to Thai media.

SOURCES: Thai Visa| Bangkok Post

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    preesy chepuce

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    So, passports aside, is it Chi on Chi action then?

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Air quality around Bangkok this morning is awful. Partly due to the lack of wind to blow the smog out of the area. To the south of Bangkok, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon, the air quality is even worse with visibility on the ground cut to less than a kilometre. You would be well advised to reduce you activities outside on a day of high air pollution in the capital. The rating by airvisual.com is ‘unhealthy’.

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Readings around the inner city vary between 190 – 220. Areas to the east, including around Suvarnabhumi Airport, are higher.

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Bangkok and the central region can expect many more months, especially as the temperatures rise throughout February, March and April and the winds remain low as the north-easterly monsoon weakens.

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Last night, police raided a house in Nonthaburi and arrested 40 people for allegedly gambling.

According to the deputy chief of the Central Investigation Bureau, 33 are Thais and 7 are migrant workers of the casino. The officials also confiscated decks of cards of the Dragon-Tiger game, plastic chips and some cash as evidence.

During the raid, the migrant workers allegedly revealed that the gambling operations at the home had only been going on for 2 days and that the owner planned to move it to other locations.

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With Covid-19 cases linked to some illegal gambling dens, causing a headache for health officials trying to track down elusive gamblers to contain the virus, the former Finance Minister floated the idea to legalise gambling.

The former Finance Minister and current leader of the Kla Party, Korn Chaitkavanich, claims legalising gambling will help contain the spread of Covid-19. He also hinted that it will gain more tax revenue. If it’s legalised, gamblers will spend their money in legal casinos that pay taxes, drawing in more money the government can use for public improvements, he says.

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