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Sea gypsy assault case headed to Phuket prosecutor

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PHUKET: Police say they will hand over the sea gypsy assault case to the Phuket public prosecutor this week.

More than 30 Rawai sea gypsies were injured in a violent confrontation with private investors from Baron World Trade Co Ltd in January (story here).

Six suspects allegedly involved in the attack have surrendered and been released on bail (story here). Another 14 arrest warrants have been issued for others allegedly involved in the assault.

“We have yet to arrest any of the people named in the arrest warrants. However, since they are captured in photos and video, we will be able to make an arrest soon,” Chalong Police Deputy Superintendent Jumroon Plaidoung told the Phuket Gazette today.

“This is one of several disputes between sea gypsies and private investors. Once this is handed over to the public prosecutor, we will continue our investigation into the other cases.”

Baron World Trade Company filed a complaint earlier this month against the sea gypsies, after more than 200 of them prevented the land developer from building a wall. If constructed, the wall would have stopped the sea gypsies from reaching a ceremonial site on land for which the company holds a chanote land title (story here).

“We are also continuing our investigation into the encroachment charges against the sea gypsies. We will do our best to be fair to both sides,” Lt Col Jumroon said.

— Chutharat Plerin

 

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