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PATONG: Chamnan “Daeng” Pachantabutr, former owner of the land on which the Samsara luxury property development is being built, was arrested this morning at his home in Patong.

Chamnan is one of the owners of the Phuket Cabana Resort and of the Kan Eang restaurants in Chalong.

Leading the arrest party were the Chief of the Crime Suppression Police, Pol Maj Gen Kosin Hintao, and two Deputy Secretaries of the Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo), Pol Col Yuthaboon Disamarn and Pol Col Kovit Piromwong.

Producing a search warrant, the officers searched Chamnan’s house at 122 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Rd and seized six bankbooks, two Chanote land deeds and some items of jewelry that they believe were bought with the proceeds of the land sale.

The arrest warrant accused Chamnan of using a “flying Sor Kor 1” to register ownership of the land. This is a technique whereby a legitimate Sor Kor 1 for a piece of land is used to establish ownership of another, more valuable plot.

Chamnan sold the land – about 14.5 rai – to Pacific Villa Co for 12 million baht.

Other teams of officers, also armed with arrest warrants, went to the homes of two land officials, Uru Thipthep and Sanit Daengboon. Like K. Chamnan, Uru was arrested in July last year for his alleged part in falsifying the land document for the Samsara site, and subsequently bailed.

The officers found neither Uru nor Sanit at home, but seized two cars belonging to Uru, and two bankbooks. Both men are being sought by police.

This afternoon Chamnan was taken to the Samsara site and then back to Phuket City Police Station for questioning, before being released on bail of 200,000 baht.

Col Yuthaboon said that Chamnan’s arrest came after statements from arrested land officers who admitted misusing their power to issue a land document to Chamnan for the land.

Amlo, he said, would investigate where the money came from to buy the items seized from the homes of Chamnan and Uru.

“We intend to find all other property bought with this ‘dirty’ money and seize it,” he added.

Col Yuthaboon added that an application would be made to freeze bank accounts of the two men. Uru’s two cars – a BMW and a Toyota – will be taken to Bangkok tomorrow and sold. If Uru can prove that the cars were bought legitimately, he will receive the money from the sale.

Colin Mackay, Managing Director of Asia Island Homes (AIH), which is the developer of Samsara, told the Gazette, “I hope they clear it up quickly because it’s kind of a joke that it’s taking them so long to figure out if their documents are good or not. It’s taken them a year and four months so far.

“I’m no longer interested in investing any money in this island, with the way they conduct their operations. They’ve made the whole market edgy. We have attracted, directly and indirectly, nearly a billion baht to this island – that’s 2,000 baht for every man, woman and child – and with the planned public listing [of AIH] we had another billion baht contracted and ready to come in. [Thailand has] lost that.

“All our investors have lost all their money. The people who are being hit now are fourth-party to any crime that may or may not have been committed some years ago. They are totally innocent. They are in fact the perfect investors that Thailand – or any country in the world – is trying to attract.

“We’re like flies in a washing machine. We don’t know which way is up anymore.”

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Phuket prepares to welcome first Chinese tourists in over 6 months

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The first group of tourists to arrive under Thailand’s new Special Tourist Visa scheme are expected to land in Phuket on October 8. The Bangkok Post reports that a flight from Guangzhou in southern China will carry 120 tourists, who will spend their first 14 days in alternative state quarantine. They are reported to be travelling under the government’s new STV.

Arrivals who do not pass the initial health screening will be transferred to specially chosen hospitals, as “Patients under Investigation”. Those who do pass the screening will be transported to alternative state quarantine once they’ve gone through immigration processing.

A Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration spokesperson says the resort islands of Phuket and Koh Samui will be the first to welcome travellers under the Special Tourist Via scheme. He pointed out that Guangzhou has not recorded any new cases of the Covid-19 virus for a prolonged period, meaning next week’s tourist arrivals are deemed “low risk”. His assertion is confirmed from the official figures at worldometer.info website recording world Covid-19 cases.

The CCSA reports that there will be a limit of 300 foreign tourists admitted each week, but this will be reviewed after the first phase of the re-opening. All arrivals will be subject to 14 day quarantine, although the Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn has suggested reducing this to 7 days eventually. The CCSA says they are not considering reducing the quarantine time at this stage.

Thiravat Hemachudha from the Thai Red Cross Emerging Infectious Disease Health Science Centre is not opposed to the idea.

“We can study this with foreign visitors who will arrive next month. During the 14 day quarantine they will be tested on the first, the seventh and the fourteenth day. If they are free of infections, we can shorten the quarantine to 7 days.”

However, not all are in agreement, with a doctor from Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University cautioning against any shortening of the quarantine period.

Meanwhile, Phuket governor, Narong Woonsiew, says the province is ready to welcome the new arrivals, with Covid-19 labs in place at Phuket airport, and officials due to carry out a full dress rehearsal today.

Thanit Sermkaew, chief of the Phuket Public Health Office, says over 1,200 rooms at 9 hotels have been chosen as alternative state quarantine properties, with a total of 73 hotels, providing over 5,800 rooms, applying for consideration.

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Woman arrested for abandoning newborn baby on a bench in Phuket

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Police tracked down and arrested a Burmese woman who allegedly left her newborn baby on a bench in Phuket’s Patong area last week. The mother faces charges of abandoning a baby.

The newborn was left in a reusable shopping bag on a bench behind a Krungthai Bank branch. A woman in the area heard the baby crying and found the newborn in the bag along with a bottle of milk, diapers and clothing. Police reviewed surveillance camera footage shows a woman, police later identified as Ei Ei Phyu, leaving the bag on the bench.

Police say the woman gave birth on September 9 at a local hospital in Surat Thani’s Phun Phin district. Ei Ei allegedly took a van from Surat Thani to Phuket on September 22 and stayed with a friend in Patong. The early the next morning, she allegedly left her baby on the bench before boarding a bus back to Surat Thani.

Burmese workers in the Patong area told police Ei Ei used to work at a local Indian food restaurant before she moved to Surat Thani to work as a rubber tapper. Ei Ei allegedly told police she is not in the position to raise a child.

In earlier reports, police said the baby is healthy and does not appear to have any injuries.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Phuket police arrest 6 after finding large amounts of methamphetamine in raid

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Phuket Provincial Police have arrested 6 people after finding large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs during a raid. One suspect alone allegedly had 7.6 kilograms of crystal meth (ya ice) and over 12,500 methamphetamine pills (ya bah). 29 year old Surasak ‘Bank’ Wijit and 27 year old Panida ‘Mei’ Saeyang were arrested at an apartment car park in Soi Lookkaew, Moo 6, Rassada, in eastern Phuket, after they were found in possession of the drugs.

Police also found 2 mobile phones and a red Honda PCX, registered in Phuket, as evidence. Both suspects have been charged with posessing a Category 1 drug with the intent to sell.

Other suspects arrested at the same time include 36 year old from Chiang Rai, 42 year old Sarawut ‘An’ Srichanon, from Ranong and 31 year old Pornthep ‘Iew’ Thepchampa, who were charged with the same crimes in Chalong after police found more drugs in their possession. 33 year old Kamon ‘Kung’ Sae-ngow, was arrested as well after police found kratom juice and leaves at a house in Rassada. He was taken to Phuket City Police station and was charged with a Category 5 drug possession.

SOURCE:The Phuket News

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