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Ten arrested for illegal immigration scam

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PHUKET AIRPORT: Two Malaysian women, a Singaporean woman and a Thai man were arrested yesterday at Phuket International Airport for involvement in an attempt to sneak six Chinese illegal immigrants out of Thailand and into Singapore. The six Chinese were also caught. Pol Lt Col Annop Suwanchatri, an immigration inspector at Phuket International Airport, said there were actually 12 people in the illegal operation but two, both Singaporean women, managed to get away. All 12 boarded flight TG 405, which flies from Bangkok to Singapore with a stop in Phuket. None of the Chinese had passports and all, according to their tickets, were supposed to get off the plane in Phuket. The six others had passports. According to their documentation they were supposed to stay on the plane in Phuket, continuing on to Singapore. While Phuket-bound passengers were leaving the plane after it landed in Phuket, the six accomplices handed their passports and their “same plane” stickers for the flight to the Chinese. The idea was that the six Chinese, now with passports, would fly on to Singapore, while the accomplices would disembark in Phuket; they would not be asked for their passports since the Bangkok-Phuket leg of the flight was not international. But, said Lt Col Annop, “Flight attendants on the plane noticed the switching. While they were waiting for the plane to be cleared for take-off, they asked the six Chinese for their tickets and passports. “None of them had a ticket for the Singapore leg of the journey, and the photos in their passports didn’t match their faces. So the airline staff brought them to us,” Col Annop told the Gazette. On their way to the airport Immigration office, the Chinese tore the photos out of the passports and tried to eat them, but were unable to swallow the plastic squares. They were persuaded to spit them out. Using the passports and photos, Immigration and Airport Police officers then combed the airport looking for the six accomplices. They found four of them hanging around the drop-off point for departures. All four confessed that they had given their passports and same-flight stickers to the Chinese. The other two could not be found. Lt Col Annop said the six were probably trying to get to countries such as Canada, Australia or the US, and were planning to use Singapore only as a transit point. The 10 people arrested are now being held at Chat Chai Port Police Station.



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Police searching for the killer after shooting near Saphan Hin

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A Thai man has been shot dead near Saphan Hin in eastern Phuket earlier today. The arrest warrant has already been issued for the suspect.

The Wichit Police were notified of the incident on Rattanakosin 200 pi Road near Saphan Hin at 3.40am this morning.

Police and rescue workers arrived to find the body of 30 year old Teerasak Saeong from Phuket covered with blood and laying on the road. Two bullet wounds were found on his right and left temple.

Seven bullets were also found around Mr Teerasak’s body. Nearby they found a motorbike. His body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for full autopsy and identification.

Witnesses told police that Mr Teerasak was stopped on his motorbike and was talking with the suspect who was in a black car. The suspect shot at Mr Teerasak and sped away.

Mr Teerasak was the son of a member of Rassada’s Municipal Council. At this stage police believe that the two had personal conflicts. Police are now searching for the driver of the vehicle who shot Mr Teerasak.

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Danish tourist dies in Phuket road accident

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A male Danish tourist, driving a motorbike, has died after colliding with a truck in front of a market in Kathu.

The Kathu Police were notified of the incident on Phra Phuket Keaw Road in front of the new outdoor Vintage Market in Kathu at 3am yesterday morning.

Police and Kusoldharm rescue workers arrived at the U-turn to find the truck and driver waiting. The driver of the truck was 36 year old Sontaya Suchata waiting in the middle of the U-turn area.

Nearby they found a damaged Honda PCX and 51 year old Claus Pathuel Jensen, a Danish national from Glostrup. He was found unconscious under the truck. He was rushed to Vachira Phuket Hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Police report that the truck was going to take a U-turn outside the market area. The truck driver says he was unaware that Mr Jensen was coming from behind in the right lane. The motorbike was unable to avoid the collision with the truck and Mr Jensen PCX ploughed into the rear of the vehicle.

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Australian woman deported for overstaying visa by over 100 days

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PHOTOS: Facebook/Claire Johnson

An Australian woman, who was caught overstaying her visa by 111 days, will be released from detention and deported by Thai authorities tonight.

She came to the media’s attention on Monday after sending urgent messages to a friend saying that she was being taken to a detention centre and that “they are taking my phone”.

46 year old Claire Amelia Johnson is an Australian Gold Coast resident. She will depart Bangkok on a QANTAS flight scheduled to arrive in Sydney tomorrow (Friday) morning.

She was due to return to Australia more than a week ago but on Monday evening sent messages to her friend Juliet Potter and told her that she was in an immigration detention centre in Bangkok and begged her to please “help me”.

Read The Thaiger story about her desperate pleas HERE.

Ms Johnson had been running a medical tourism business called Cosmetic Holidays International that offered cosmetic packages in Phuket”.

The business was voluntarily deregistered with the Australian Securities Commission in May 2017, after five years of operation, but her social media accounts continued to promote her cosmetic-surgery tourism business.

Thailand’s immigration chief, Surachate Hakparn, told Australia’s Fairfax media that Ms Johnson had been arrested, as well as fined, and would be deported after overstaying her tourist visa by more than 100 days.

“My Immigration Department will send her to Australia. She leaves tonight.”

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade would say only that it was “providing consular assistance to an Australian woman detained in Thailand”, without naming Claire.

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