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Gov steps into battle over yacht recovery fee

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Gov steps into battle over yacht recovery fee | The Thaiger

PHUKET: Chris Sieber and his wife Surapa Srijutanat – owners of Kilo, the Phuket-based catamaran that was recently recovered off the Andaman and Nicobar Islands after going missing in December – have received a promise of help from Governor Udomsak Uswarangkura to try to reduce the massive salvage fee being demanded by the Indian Coast Guard.

The 46-foot Kilo went missing from Phuket on December 17 and was recovered on January 20 off the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, some 725 kilometers from Phuket.

The yacht is registered in K. Surapa’s name. She explained that the Port Blair authorities had contacted her to say that they were going to charge US$60,000 (2.4 million baht) as the fee for their Coast Guard boat having towed the yacht to the islands’ administrative center, Port Blair.

She said, “I was happy to get the news that the yacht had been found but dismayed when I learned that they wanted us to pay that amount of money.

“According to international law, yacht owners are not obliged to pay anything [for such services]. Nevertheless, we’re willing to pay as much as US$10,000 (400,000 baht). But US$60,000 is way over the top.”

She said that was she sure that Gov Udomsak could help to obtain a reduction in the fee so that the yacht could be brought home.

Gov Udomsak said, “I will also contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and get in touch with the Indian Ambassador to Thailand to help with this issue.”

He added, “Phuket Province realizes that there are some problems in losing yachts in this manner and that is one of the reasons why we will get a 70-million-baht budget this year to develop a public marina in Chalong Bay. People who don’t want to put their yachts into a private marina will be able to moor there safely.”

K. Surapa said, “We plan to pay the people who found Kilo US$5,000 (200,000 baht). We will go to Port Blair tomorrow in the hope of getting our yacht back.”

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Democrats toppled in Phuket

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Democrats toppled in Phuket | The Thaiger

PHOTO: Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva resigned the leadership position last night amid dismal polls around the country

The Democrat Party in Phuket, once a reliable strong-hold of Democrat votes, has yielded its customary monopoly, ceding two House seats to the junta-aligned Phalang Pracharat Party.

The unofficial tally, as of late last night, gave Phalang Pracharat’s Sutha Prateep na Thalang the victory in Constituency 1 with 32,338 votes.

He beat Democrat Rewat Areerob, who got 25,198 votes.

The voter turnout was 70.80 per cent.

In Constituency 2, Natthee Thinsakhu of Phalang Pracharat beat Democrat Chaiyos Panyawai, 26,787 votes to 23,492.

Voter turnout was 72.57 per cent.

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Guyanese arrested over ‘magic’ bank note scam in Phuket

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Guyanese arrested over ‘magic’ bank note scam in Phuket | The Thaiger

PHOTOS: Surachete Hakparn

A Guyanese man has been arrested in Phuket after the owner of a local language school reported a money scammer with an unusual scam.

The Immigration Bureau Chief Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn reports that they have arrested the Guyanese man named Abdul Kalam Azad Sattaur at a mansion in Phuket Town last Friday.

The arrest follows a Thai woman, the owner of a language school in Phuket, filing a report to the Thalang Police that a suspect used a fake Facebook and LINE account and claimed that he was an American man who had worked in Syria.

He told the woman that he will send a security box which contained blank papers and a special liquid that would turn the blank paper into bank notes when she added the special liquid.

He claimed that the total money was 650,000 US dollar, about 20 million baht.

He said that the woman had to pay him an amount before he would send the security box. The victim had transferred money to the man’s bank account 10 times, a total of about 9 million baht.

Beware of magic bank notes!

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Russian ‘mafia’ suspect arrested in Phuket

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Russian ‘mafia’ suspect arrested in Phuket | The Thaiger

PHOTO: Siam Rath/Thai Immigration

A male Russian ‘mafia’ identity has been arrested in Chalong, wanted over a number of alleged offenses in his home country.

Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn says, “Officers have arrested a Russian man named Igor Tretiakov (spelt as ‘Ior’ on the Immigration poster), at an apartment in Chalong last Friday.”

“We were notified from the Russian Embassy about the man wanted over a number of ‘mafia’ style offenses in Russian. He was living in Thailand using a tourist visa.”

“He has threatened and extorted many people in Russian and then fled to Thailand. His visa will be revoked and he will be deported back to Russia to face charges.”

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