Edited June 10
Following up from the earlier story involving 2 Americans, a Thai, a Taiwanese businessman, and an Israeli security goon, we have the following update (original story below)…
Police have examined CCTV from the restaurant in Thong Lor where the Taiwanese businessman was allegedly kidnapped. It’s also been revealed that a “senior Thai policeman” was involved in the alleged abduction case. The abduction took place on March 28.
The meeting had been called to “resolve” some disagreements over a large purchase of rubber gloves that had gone wrong.
After arriving at a meeting at the L’Oliva restaurant in Sukhumvit Soi 26, Mr. Wen Yu Chung was manhandled, put in a headlock and dragged out of the premises. Daily News reports that a “lieutenant colonel” ranked Thai policeman was also captured on the CCTV supervising the events as they happened inside the restaurant. He is reported as being a former traffic policeman.
Mr. Chung was then held to ransom at the condo NT Court. Attempts were made to contact Mr Chung’s family and business associates to extract a ransom – allegedly 1 and 2 million baht – but they refused to pay.
The 3 men have been identified by police as 41 year old Jeremy Hughes Manchester, 52 year old Louis William Ziskin*, both Americans, and Ekbodin Prasitnarit, Thai.
Mr Louis Ziskin has a somewhat chequered history with his backstory catalogued on Wikipedia. Summarised…
Ziskin was taken into custody in December 7, 2000 and charged over transactions from November 1999 to December 22, 1999. Ziskin was convicted of smuggling 700 pounds of ecstasy into Southern California via FedEx and other various shipping companies, the largest-ever US government seizure of the drug. There was another indictment a year later.
Following his incarceration, Ziskin lost a double jeopardy appeal for the second indictment. The US government settled all claims against Ziskin for a 188 month sentence and a US$9 million fine.
* Mr. Ziskin has contacted The Thaiger, via the “media office of Mr. Louis Zisikin”, claiming that he is 1) not a marine 2) not the man in the photos or video during the police arrest.
Daily News also reported a man ‘Mike’ who allegedly invited the policeman to be involved in the incident. Earlier this man was described as “Mr. Michael Greenberg, an Israeli operating a detective company”.
Here’s video allegedly showing the arrest of Mr. Ziskin and CCTV from the alleged kidnapping…
Thai police have arrested 2 American citizens and a Thai for the alleged kidnap of a Taiwanese businessman for ransom. 5 other arrest warrants are also waiting to be executed over the incident. Police allege a “business conflict” over the purchase of plastic ‘nitrile’ gloves as the motive.
The 3 men have been identified as 41 year old Jeremy Hughes Manchester, 52 year old Louis William Ziskin, both Americans, and Ekbodin Prasitnarit, Thai. All 3 have denied the charges including illegal assembly, attempted murder, abduction for ransom and extortion. They were formally charged at the Thong Lor police.
According to Bangkok Post, in late 2020 Mr Ziskin appointed the Collection Company to negotiate the purchase of a large quantity of plastic gloves with the Paddy The Room Trading Company.
Police allege that there was an ongoing conflict between the two sides which was responsible for Mr Ziskin accumulating 93 million baht in damages.. So, according to police, Mr Ziskin allegedly hired Mr. Michael Greenberg, an Israeli operating a detective company in Thailand to negotiate and retrieve the losses.
Police allege that Mr Greenberg hired Thai and foreign collaborators to plan an abduction as leverage in the retrieval of their losses. They contacted a 60 year old Taiwanese man from the Collection Company in Thailand to procure a supply of rubber gloves from Paddy The Room Trading Company.
They made an appointment to meet Wen Yu Chung at a restaurant in Bangkok’s in Bangkok’s Tong Lor are off Sukhumvit Road on March 28. Police allege that Mr Greenberg and hired associates arrived, handcuffed the Taiwanese businessman and then took him to the NT Place, 200 metres further south down the same Soi, Sukhumvit 36.
They then called Mr Chung’s boss demanding US$2 million, and then called the man’s family demanding another US$1 million. Both contacted police and did nothing to accede to the demands for ransom..
The alleged abductors then headed to a restaurant in Soi 24, with Mr. Chung, eventually letting him go. The Taiwanese man went, first to hospital, then to Thong Lor police station to relate his story. Eventually 8 arrest warrants were issued over the alleged abduction. Soon after police arrested Mr Manchester, Mr Ziskin and Mr Ekbodin.
We’ll continue to follow this story.
SOURCE: Bangkok Post
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American buffoons. They deservedly failed totally.
If felangs have been arrested for kidnapping, why is the Thai Lieutenant Colonel not arrested?
He was there at the abduction.
Answer, because Thailand is a rotten corrupt country where anyone in the employ of the government is immune from prosecution for crime – if it involves foreigners.
All the yellow men from us , Israel, Brits come here to open a nice office upfront while committing their scams , evil people they’re.
What most funny is that they always abuse others online with vile comments when someone from Asia , Africa, India . 55555 lol
I know they’ll come right along to blame mental health or thai police, hahah. They’ll evil this so called orangutans, scammers, destroying the world.
@Rich – are you feeling OK? did you take your medication?, now remember you promised to go see that doctor about checking into a mental hospital.
In defense of the criminals, they really were comfortable gloves…………….
Okay, at first sight this amazes me enormously. Why would these actors think they can get away with this in broad daylight in a public space. It is clear that they just wanted to scare the Taiwanese into handing over goods or money. They released him after all when it failed. The explanation must lie in the Thai ex-cop. They obviously must have paid for and trusted him with covering their backs. Well, I guess a lesson learned.
A policeman had to be I involved in the land of scam what else did we expect im suprised its not happening more often as people get more desperate
If it had been me I would have taken out the Taiwanese guy and the Thai policeman…
…for a nice seafood dinner and never call them again!
Do you mean to tell me you can’t abduct your business partners in Thailand? What kind of democracy is this?
Idiot with the shirt saying he is surrounded by idiots. No! He is the idiot. I hope he rots in the Thai prison for being the idiot he is
@Rich – Orangutans – destroying the world! I never would have guessed.
@Joe – Yes Joe. He thinks orangutans are destroying the world.
@michael cooksey – except they only gave you the left glove.