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Jordanian man arrested for charging “protection money”

Jack Burton

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Immigration Police have arrested a Jordanian man in Bangkok for extortion, according to local media. 24 year old “Ali” collected protection money from other Jordanians and Middle Eastern foreigners staying illegally in Thailand, claiming to have government connections and “friends in high places.” Foreigners working or staying illegally paid him in the belief that they were protected.

The suspect was arrested and deported to Jordan in September 2019 for overstaying his visa. Using a new passport he tried to enter the country again by land at the Sadao border in Songkhla province, but was denied entry because his name appeared on a blacklist. Nevertheless, he managed to smuggle himself in and traveled to Bangkok, mainly hanging out in tourist locations. He continued making easy money before being arrested again. Investigation has revealed that Ali has other connections to several illegal businesses in the city.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

 

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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