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Former Norwegian minister warns against travel to Thailand due to fugitive murder suspect



Hiroyuki Ogu

A former Norweigan justice minister is calling on the country to boycott holiday trips to Thailand due to reports that a man wanted for allegedly killing a Norwegian woman in Laos is now living in Thailand. The former minister, Per-Willy Amundsen, calls the situation of the murder suspect on the run and living free in Thailand a “complete scandal.”

“If he is not arrested, the Norwegian government should warn Norwegian citizens to travel to Thailand. In Norway’s official travel council, there should be a warning against travelling to a country like Thailand, where a man who killed Neird Høiness still goes free.”

In January of last year, 30 year old Nerid Høiness, from Norway, went on a trip to Southeast Asia with her 38 year old boyfriend Hiroyuki Ogu, from Japan. Nerid’s Facebook page shows that she was living in Koh Pha Ngan, one of the popular islands in the Gulf of Thailand off the coast of Surat Thani. Reports say the couple started their trip in Koh Pha Ngan, and then drove by motorcycle up to Vang Vieng in Laos.

The couple rented a hotel room in Vang Vieng for several days. During that time, screams were heard from the room, a number of witnesses later told police. Apparently, on January 9, 2020, several people even saw Hiroyuki carry Nerid’s lifeless body out of the hotel room and strap her body onto the motorcycle. Nerid’s body was found 2 weeks later in a jungle.

Little has been done to track down and arrest Hiroyuki, according to Attorney Sidsel Katralen, who represents Neird’s family.

“Japanese Hiroyuki Ogu is internationally wanted via Interpol for the murder of Nerid. Beyond that, neither the police nor other authorities in Laos, Thailand, or Norway have done much to get him arrested… We have given information both to the Norweigan authorities and to the police both in Bangkok and Koh Pha Ngan. Unfortunately, he is still not caught.”


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Former Norwegian minister warns against travel to Thailand due to fugitive murder suspect | News by Thaiger

SOURCE: ScandAsia


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  1. Jason

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 10:47 am

    So… stupid… So 1 criminal is a reason to avoid a country? How short sighted do you need to be. The public sector in Norway must not require much of an education.

  2. Gosport

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 11:37 am

    Only way out of this dilemma is exchange the Bull with this Jap.

  3. Simon Small

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 2:47 pm


    The killer’s Japanese, he killed her in Laos, nobody knows for sure where he is, but this guy’s saying don’t go to Thailand!

  4. Toby Andrews

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    The Thai police have never sought to arrest a foreigner for committing a crime against another foreigner. There is no money in it.
    There have also been many cases when a foreigner has put up big bail money, and the Thai police let him go back to his home country for some weak reason.
    Then the criminal does come back, and the Thais gleefully share out the bail money.
    However if a price was put on this murderer’s head, the Thai police would be running about like the keystone cops to catch him!

  5. ynwaps

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    nAtIoNAL sECUriTy
    90 dAy rEpOrTinG

  6. Peter

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 9:34 am

    @Simon Small – Incoming tourists are allowed at this time unless of course they have completed all the necessary steps and are prepared to undergo and pay for quarantine.

  7. Simon Small

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    Sorry, @Peter, I’ve no idea what you’re referring to or talking about, even overlooking a missing “not”.

  8. Stardust

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    @Simon Small – sure you not understand, according to all your coments we read, your mindset is very low and small.

  9. Mike

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    Are the Thai Police aware of his existence and do they know his name? If the answer is yes to either of these questions they i would say the Thai Police are making pretty good progress – for the Thai Police.

  10. BJoe

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 9:17 am

    Norway should send bounty hunters to Thailand, pay for assistance to identify and apprehend, then request deportation from the Thai government. Then if the Thai government resists or drags it feet, then a travel warning should be issued.

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