Connect with us

Koh Samui

Surat Thani police issue arrest warrants for administrators of Samui website





PHOTOS: Tourist Police

Police this week say they wrapped up their investigation into the alleged rape case on Koh Tao involving the 19 year old female British backpacker. The conclusion – there is no evidence to substantiate the allegations of rape. They say without interviewing the UK tourist they have no report or evidence to indicate any wrong-doing.

On Friday the situation ramped up considerably when the Samui provincial court approved the issue of warrants for the arrest of two Britons – the administrator and owner of Samui Times website – for allegedly posting false information about the alleged incident.

Police say the claims made in the article, then repeated in social media and other Thai mainstream media, undermine the tourist businesses on Koh Tao.

Surat Thani police issue arrest warrants for administrators of Samui website | News by ThaigerPaul Kaye, British Consul-General to Thailand, meets withTourist Police Deputy Commander Surachate Hakparn on Thursday

Surat Thani’s provincial police commander told a press conference that police have not found any evidence to prove that the alleged victim was raped on the night of June 25, as claimed, after having questioned more than 200 witnesses who either say they saw the British tourist or who were around the scene where she alleges she was raped. He said police have also checked footage from close-circuit TV cameras in the area.

Part of the arguments from police were centered around the tides on the evening of June 25, saying that there was a high tide that flooded the beach in the area the girl claimed to have been raped. No times were ever mentioned in the claims by the British 19 year old (that we know of). The high tide was at 9.45pm on the night of June 25. Low tides were at 1pm earlier in the same day and 7am the following morning.

The immigration police commissioner ordered officials to search for and arrest the two UK citizens, Suzanne Buchanan and Anthony ? (his last name hasn’t been reported). Police claim they are the administrator and owner of

Officials went to a house on Koh Samui where Suzanne and Anthony were thought to be living but couldn’t find them. In fact, Su Buchanan left Samui three years ago and currently resides overseas running the site from abroad.

Police say Mrs Buchanan was married to a Thai man and started the website whilst living on Samui.

It’s not the first time has raised eyebrows of Surat Thani provincial officials and police. The website has raised a number of cases where mystery surrounded the death of several tourists.


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forum
🔔 Subscribe to our daily newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

If you have story ideas, a restaurant to review, an event to cover or an issue to discuss, contact The Thaiger editorial staff.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Tourism4 mins ago

Maya Bay reopening likely to be postponed | VIDEO

Contract Package6 mins ago

Thai AirAsia X seeks for new investors as flights to resume next year

Thailand28 mins ago

Government to set up committee to consider opening casinos in Thailand

Sponsored2 days ago

Hungry Hub Bangkok Rooftop Festival 2021

Southeast Asia45 mins ago

Detained Cambodian monk with refugee status says he could jailed if deported from Thailand

Thailand51 mins ago

Wildlife officials search for Bengal tiger roaming across three provinces

Thailand1 hour ago

CCSA criticises newspaper’s ‘hunt for Africans’ story, clarifies efforts to track travellers

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand1 hour ago

Searching for travellers, optimistic projection, Thai pajamas | Thaiger Bites | Ep.73

Chon Buri4 hours ago

Baby elephant rescued after being shot in the shoulder while leg caught in trap

Coronavirus World4 hours ago

US introduces new restrictions for international arrivals from Monday

Crime4 hours ago

Junior police officer facing attempted murder for allegedly shooting at a Bangkok bus

Coronavirus World5 hours ago

AirAsia boss accuses governments of overreacting to Omicron threat

World5 hours ago

5 Omicron cases reported in South Korea

Coronavirus World5 hours ago

No vaccine, no entry: Germany gets tough on those who refuse to get vaccinated

Video6 hours ago

Thailand Top Stories | ‘Overreaction’ to Omicron, trillion Baht boost for Thailand | Dec 3

Thailand6 hours ago

Alcohol restrictions ease, Events in Thailand, High speed railways | Good Morning Thailand | Ep.145

Thailand3 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism9 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism9 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism9 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11