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Meat company boss faces political charges

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PHUKET TOWN: Belgian businessman Hugo Van Der Velde, 62, was today charged with becoming illegally involved in Thai politics after a complaint from the Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party that he had been passing out business cards describing him as a consultant to the party. Four other foreigners, another Belgian, an Australian, an Italian and a Briton, are expected to face similar charges soon. The business cards, bearing the logo of the Prime Minister’s party, gave Van Der Velde’s title as “Special Honorary Consultant” to “Thai Rak Thai Party No. 129 (P)”. This chapter of the party does not exist, Kittichai Engchuan, a TRT representative from Bangkok, told a press conference at the offices of the Phuket Immigration Police this morning. Pol Col Apirak Hongthong, Superintendent of the Phuket Immigration Police, said that it had been established that the cards had been given to Van Der Velde by a Phang Nga politician. Phuket Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi, also at the press conference, said, “According to the law, a person who is not a Thai national by birth may not be a member of, or be in a position in, or be involved in any activity of a political party.” The penalties, he said, were up to two years in prison, or a fine of up to 40,000 baht, or both. Col Apirak said, “During the past two months, [the Phang Nga politician] has come to the Immigration Office many times [to help foreigners], and has been involved in shady dealings with foreigners, especially with foreigners believed to have committed crimes.” He said that it had also been discovered that Mr Van Der Velde’s visa to stay in Thailand had expired and that he had no work permit for his meat business. He will face additional charges on these two counts. Van Der Velde did not deny the accusation relating to the business cards. He told the Gazette that he was given the cards and didn’t want to refuse them because he felt it was impolite to reject a gift from “a good friend”. He added, “I have to tell you this has nothing to do with Mafia. This has to do with the relationship between foreigners and Thai people. “I know [the Phang Nga politiician] and I can tell you that he is absolutely a good man. He wants to create a group for foreigners in order to have nice discussions about what is going on, how it can be better, and so on. So his intention, absolutely, is not bad. “Maybe he made a mistake, and maybe we made a mistake to take the cards, but we didn’t know about this. If a Thai person gives a gift to you, then you have to accept it. Otherwise you are not polite. “Anyway, I am very sorry that I [became involved] in this case, but the intentions were very good,” Van Der Velde explained. Van Der Velde and the other four foreigners, once they have been arrested, are expected to face trial. If found guilty, and after paying the penalty, they may be expelled from Thailand. Van Der Velde was planning to open a new branch of his Phuket Meat and Food Co in Patong Beach next Sunday (October 13), said Col Apirak. “For him, this was a good date to choose because it is Police Day. Unfortunately, he was arrested before that date,” said Pol Col Apirak. Gov Pongpayome urged people who felt that they had been conned through the use of phony Thai Rak Thai business cards to come forward with details. “We want to reduce crime committed by either Thais or foreigners in Phuket,” he said.



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Motorbike driver files official complaint after accident from fallen cables in Kata

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A motorbike driver has filed a report with police against a cable company after he became tangled up in their cabling while driving to work in Kata.

26 year old Chakaree Yawaekaree filled the report with Chalong Police against the local cable company.

Mr Chakaree told Police that he was driving to work in Kata on Friday morning. When he arrived at the scene he ran into the cabling that had dropped down, just above the road level. The cables hooked his motorbike and caused him to crash and fall off. He was taken to hospital where he was treated for scrapes, grazes and a badly injured right knee.

Chalong Police say they are continuing their investigation. They say the cables belong to a private company and that this kind of incident happens “very often”.

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Motorbike driver dies after colliding with sedan on Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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A motorbike driver has died after colliding with a sedan driven by a Russian driver who was allegedly making a “risky” U-turn on Thepkrasattri Road in Koh Kaew yesterday.

The incident happened at 3.30pm yesterday.

Police and other emergency responders arrived to find a white sedan, a motorbike and a pickup truck.

The motorbike driver had sustained serious injuries – 19 year old Weerapat Chamnina – and had already been rushed tp Mission Phuket Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police report that a white sedan, whose driver was a 37 year old Russian man, Maxim Shadrin, was heading along the southbound lane of Thepkasattri Road.

Police speculate that he was trying to make a U-turn but was allegedly out of the lane of traffic making the turn.

The motorbike collided with the rear of the man’s sedan.  The motorbike driver bounced off to the other side of the road (northbound lane).  Then a pickup truck hit the motorbike driver.

Police are continuing their investigation and examining all the CCTV footage.

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54 year old Swede dodges traffic in Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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PHUKET: Achadtaya Chuenniran

A 54 year old Swedish tourist is now in custody after running around Thepkasattri road yesterday morning dodging cars and causing traffic mayhem. Luckily no cars came in contact with the man police described as ‘mentally ill’.

A video clip from the incident shows the man running in and out of the traffic on Thepkasattri Road in Thalang. The incident happened around 2.30am.

The road had to be closed for 20-30 minutes as police apprehended the man, unhurt. The motive for his dangerous antics have not become apparent at this stage.

The man, who remains named was taken to Thalang Hospital for checking then was transferred to Vachira Hospital in Phuket Town. Police revealed that his visa expired on the same day so they’ve contacted the local Swedish consular officials to check on the man’s family and travel situation.

The Swede is currently being evaluated and treated in the hospital’s psychiatric wing.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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