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Phuket 100pc safe – police chief

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Phuket 100pc safe – police chief | The Thaiger

PHUKET: The island’s highest-ranking police officer gave his assurances today that there is no possibility of the recent violence in the Deep South spreading north to Phuket.

The violence, said Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Suvith Othong, remains confined to the three troubled southern border provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat.

He said it was “impossible” for an event similar to the recent tragedy that occured in Narathiwat’s Tak Bai District to occur in Phuket because the area of conflict is almost 500 kilometers away.

“There are no known linkages between the Muslim seperatist elements there and Phuket’s Muslim community,” he said. “Phuket is 100% safe from the violence.”

He added, however, that Phuket police were constantly reviewing the security situation and continually collect intelligence about activities that might be related to unrest in the Deep South.

“Although many people visit Phuket, they just come here for tourism – not terrorism. We already have security measures in place, but we do not need to publicize [the details] because we don’t want to scare people who might not know the real [secure] situation,” he said.

“What would be the aim of terrorists in Phuket?” he asked rhetorically. “Terrorists need to work in extensive networks, but Muslim communities vary from area to area in the South. I don’t believe there are any networks or individuals linked with the violence in the [Deep] south here.”

He added that he had spoken with local Imams and had received good cooperation from local Muslim communities. He also pointed to the non-violent nature of the recent protests in Phuket [over the early closing of entertainment venues] as evidence of the peaceful state of affairs here.

Manoch Panchalad, Secretary of the Phuket Islamic Committee, told the Gazette that local Muslim people have been deeply moved by the situation at Tak Bai, where 84 protesters died in recent clashes with police and army – 78 after they had already been taken into custody.

“The problem should be over,” K. Manoch said. “Can’t the government solve this problem? Muslim people in Phuket are concerned, but we won’t take any action. We just hope that the situation will improve soon.

“We are Thai and live in the same country, Thailand. Muslims in Phuket help by looking after each other. We keep an eye on visitors to see what their intentions are, because Phuket is a tourist destination.

“We live in peace and honor the difference in beliefs. This month [Ramadan] is also a wonderful time for Muslims. We remain patient and Islam teaches us to remain at peace,” he said.

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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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