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Police, officials knew of death threats, alleges Reisz girlfriend

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PHUKET: A woman close to Hungarian murder victim Peter Reisz gave her statement to Phuket police, claiming that Samui Police and officials at the Hungarian embassy in Bangkok were aware of death threats being made against Mr Reisz but failed to act appropriately on them.

The woman, a Vietnamese national who asked not to be named in fear of compromising her safety, said she was Mr Reisz’s girlfriend. “I met Peter in June. I went to see him on Koh Samui at the end of June,” she explained.

Peter then travelled to Vietnam in July for about 10 days, in September for about a week, and the third – and last time – from early October to October 30, said the woman.

“When I was on Koh Samui around the middle of August, there was a guy calling him on the phone many times. It seemed like a quarrel.

“Peter told me it was a Hungarian guy named David [prime suspect Moshe David] living on Koh Samui. Peter had lent David money, the equivalent to US$170,000 [about 5.2 million baht], with David’s property used as security [for the loan].

“But now he [Mr David] didn’t want to return the money and he wanted his property back,” she said.

Peter was warned by a friend, named by the woman only as “Buda”, that Mr David had threatened to kill him, she said.

Peter was worried, but did not take the initial threats seriously, she explained.

“By about the end of August, Buda warned Peter again that David really wanted to kill him – and that David had even planned how…

“David said he would kidnap Peter, force Peter to sign papers transferring Peter’s property [including Mr David’s property, which Peter had as security for Mr David’s debt] and money to David, then kill Peter and throw his body into the ocean,” she alleged.

Mr Reisz filed a complaint with the local police on Samui, saying Mr David had threatened to kill him, but the police said they couldn’t do anything to help him, the woman explained.

At that time, Mr Reisz was already preparing to leave Thailand to live in Vietnam. “In early September, Peter left Thailand for Vietnam. He wanted to live in Vietnam with me. It had nothing to do with David,” she said.

During Mr Reisz’s last trip to Vietnam, he received a recording from his friend Buda in which Mr David was said to have explained again how he intended to kill Mr Reisz, she alleged.

“Peter was worried. He wrote an email to the Hungarian embassy with the recording and asked for help, but the embassy wrote back saying they would not help,” she said.

The Gazette notes that according to Thung Thong Police Superintendent Kraithong Chanthongba the Hungarian embassy in Bangkok had requested that Mr Reisz contact their offices every three days, after Mr Reisz reported the death threat to them.

Despite the death threats, Mr Reisz returned to Thailand to finalize arrangements for his move to Vietnam.

“He went back to Phuket on October 30 and stayed at a friend’s house – another man also named David – in Phuket for a few days. This guy also borrowed money, about US$10,000 [about 300,000 baht], from Peter.

“This guy helped Peter to find a house. I do not know if he was involved in Peter’s death by telling [Moshe] David where Peter was staying,” said the woman.

Mr Reisz went to Samui to sort out immigration concerns, but there was a delay in his “visa”, explained the woman, so he returned to Phuket by about November 5 or 6.

“Peter rented a house for three months because he didn’t like to stay in hotels or apartments. When he moved to his new house, he sent an email reporting his case to a friend in Bangkok whose mother works in a police department there. He asked for advice, but he didn’t get a reply,” she said.

“On Friday, November 23, I talked to him all day long by Skype and on the phone. On the Saturday, I called him at about 1pm. He picked up the phone and he was still fine.

“I called him back at around 3pm, but there was no answer,” she added.

“I cannot believe that Peter was murdered so badly and painfully. He was a really good guy. He could have stopped David, but he did not want to harm anyone.

“I am sure that many people were involved in Peter’s death. I believe that the killer is David. Peter did not have any conflicts with anyone else that I know of.

“Peter told me that David killed someone two years ago and he was still free after doing that,” she said.

The woman has also thanked the Tourist Police and all other officials for their swift action in the case.

However, she added, “Please help to find justice. Peter would not be dead if police on Koh Samui and the [officials at the] Hungarian embassy were more responsible for human life.

“Peter does not deserve this death.”

For background on the police case against Moshe David, click here.

— Atchaa Khamlo

 

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Phuket woman impaled by steel rod in motorbike accident

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PHOTO: CCTV footage shows the Woman impaled in a motorbike crash.

Police were called to the scene of a gruesome motorbike accident just after midnight in the Kathu area of Phuket, where a woman was impaled by a steel rod. The 34 year old woman crashed her motorbike into a concrete power pole on Wichit Songkram Rd between the Kathu Shrine and Kathu Municipality. rescue workers responded, and together with police, they arrived to find the woman still hanging from the power pole.

Khanuengnit Onoaun was driving a black and pink Honda Click motorbike and may have been speeding just before being impaled by the rod on the electric pole. Her motorbike was lying nearby the pole with significant damage to the front of the bike and the front wheel.

CCTV footage recovered from the scene suggest that the woman may have fallen asleep and crashed into the power pole. The pole had steel rods protruding from its side that utility workers use to climb when service or repairs are needed to the electrical lines, which is what impaled her when her motorbike hit the pole.

The metal rod pierced the woman’s upper chest and went all the way through her body with about 2 inches exposed on the other side of her as she hung from the pole. Rescue workers could not remove her from the steel rod at the scene of the accident safely and instead chose to cut the rod to take her off the electric pole and into an ambulance. Cutting through the steel took about 5 minutes for the rescuers.

She arrived and was admitted into Vachira Phuket Hospital with the metal rod still impaled through her chest. The hospital had no updates about the woman’s condition after her motorbike crash other than that she is alive and receiving treatment currently. The police plan on questioning her once she has had time to recover and investigating the incident further if necessary.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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TAT looks forward to welcoming 129,000 foreign tourists to Phuket

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand says it expects 129,000 tourists to arrive on the southern island of Phuket in the first 3 months of its re-opening. Officials still insist the island will re-open for quarantine-free travel for vaccinated foreign tourists from July 1. And according to the Bangkok Post, the TAT also plans to team up with airlines to offer 100,000 subsidised one-way domestic air tickets.

The association is in talks with Thai Airways and Thai Smile Airways about offering a 1,000 – 2,000 baht subsidy towards domestic air fares for tourists participating in Phuket’s sandbox scheme. The scheme will also be expanded to include all local carriers.

TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn expects around 30,000 – 40,000 tourists a month, through Phuket’s sandbox model, with the primary target being long-haul markets. According to Yuthasak, 7-day packages in Phuket will be on offer for a somewhat eye-watering 150,000 – 200,000 baht per visitor, a significant increase on the 50,000 baht average spending per trip prior to the pandemic.

The Bangkok Post reports that most tourists will be required to arrive via a direct flight to Phuket. However, in the event of there being no available time slots at the airport, tourists will be permitted to transfer via Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport using a dedicated sealed terminal.

Once the other 9 sandbox areas join the re-opening, Yuthasak expects between 3 and 4 million tourists in the last quarter of the year. He says standard operating procedures to govern the entry of foreign tourists, including Covid-19 testing and guidelines for sealed routes, will be submitted to the Centre for Economic Situation Administration this month. Once approved and published in the Royal Gazette, tourism operators can launch their sales and marketing plans.

Yuthasak adds that work is needed on the supply and administration of vaccines, pointing out that new clusters in places like Bangkok could affect vaccine administration in Phuket.

“The new outbreak in Thailand didn’t affect tourism sentiment in foreign markets as the media in each country turned their focus towards the situation in India and domestic cases in their own countries. However, travel agents expressed concern that the virus situation may affect the reopening timeline which prompted TAT to confirm that everything is running as scheduled.”

He said travel agents are waiting for clear entry regulations, so they can offer packages to their customers.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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UPDATE: Phuket restrictions and bans extended, new ‘party’ clause added

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UPDATE: Including a new clause…

“5.2 Participating in eating or drinking of alcohol, in the family home or in any other place of residence, must not be attended by outsiders. In addition, gathering together or the organising of any other activities is prohibited. If the person who violates or commits this offence is a foreigner, the permission to remain living in Thailand under the Immigration Act could be revoked.”

The new clause added to the extension of the restrictions includes a specific paragraph aimed at banning gatherings of people at their homes. Obviously with THIS in mind.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Phuket’s list of current ‘Covid’ restrictions have been extended until at least May 31. All the current levels of restrictions will remain until the end of the month after the Phuket Governor announced the continuation of restrictions this afternoon.

Daily new infection numbers continue to add to the island’s total of 556 since the start of April. The island’s latest wave started after a series of events, mostly Bangkok partygoers flying down for parties at Café Del Mar in Kamala, Illusion and Shelter, both in Bangla Road. The parties were organised by a Thong Lor based events company called Kolour. The daily numbers, whilst relatively stable, have not been going down as officials were hoping.

The announcement also puts any hope of a July 1 ‘quarantine free’ tourism opening in severe doubt. The island’s vaccine roll out has also slowed since the initial flurry of enthusiasm. Only 22% of Phuket’s population has currently been vaccinated (a long way ahead of the rest of the country) whilst the minimum vaccination level has to reach 70% according to the Government before they will entertain the ‘Sandbox’ opening proposal.

Entry to the island, by road or air, will remain restricted and anyone without proof of vaccination or a current PCR Covid test (within 72 hours) will have to do a full 14 day quarantine period (after May 15). The rapid Covid tests that were being conducted at the airport and Tha Chatchai Checkpoint are being stopped from this Saturday.

Notably, following the story of foreigners in Cherngtalay being fined 6,000 baht each for hosting a party at their home on Sunday night, the ban on gatherings and parties will continue.

Meanwhile, the island has reported its first death during the third wave of cases since the start of April, and a new cluster of infections in the Phoon Pon district in Phuket Town. The man that died was a 71 year old man who died yesterday morning.

UPDATE: Phuket restrictions and bans extended, new 'party' clause added | News by Thaiger

 

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