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Police crackdown targets overstaying foreign criminals

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Police crackdown targets overstaying foreign criminals

By The Nation

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Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan

Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan has instructed national security agencies to get tough on foreign criminals and “influential figures” following the discovery that nearly 100,000 foreigners were overstaying their visas in Thailand.

It is feared that some of these people are committing crimes and damaging Thailand’s image.

 

Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Khongcheep Tantrawanich said on Sunday that the government, via national security officers, would continue to enforce the law strictly. This would include the crackdown on influential figures, including foreign criminals, in a bid to narrow the social gap and create safer places for the Thai public.

 

Following the report on overstayers, Khongcheep quoted Prawit as instructing the military, police and administrative officials to seriously crackdown on transnational criminal network members, especially those who have disguised themselves as tourists.

 

Prawit also urged the Royal Thai Police to check on incoming and outgoing visitors and implement greater measures to control, monitor and act against those who have overstayed. 

 

Prawit also urged officers not to get involved with or seek illegal benefits from these people.

Khongcheep said the authorities have arrested foreign criminals in various areas including the Nan, Phra Khanong and On Nut areas in Bangkok, and in Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket and Samui. They were conducting both random checks and acting on public complaints.

 

Khongcheep said transnational criminals or foreign criminals in Thailand were involved in various vices such as drug dealing, weapon trading, human trafficking and prostitution, as well as forging passports, selling fake diamonds, online gambling and running call-centre scams. These crimes had resulted in economic damage to the country and tarnished its image.

 

Officials have so far gathered evidence against and arrested 300 such criminals thanks to the crackdown and public assistance in monitoring and reporting suspicious behaviour.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30331420

 

 
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Well done. Foreign criminals shouldn’t take money from local criminals.

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Prawit also urged officers not to get involved with or seek illegal benefits from these people. LOLOLOL

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43 minutes ago, rooster59 said:

Khongcheep said transnational criminals or foreign criminals in Thailand were involved in various vices such as drug dealing, weapon trading, human trafficking and prostitution, as well as forging passports, selling fake diamonds, online gambling and running call-centre scams. These crimes had resulted in economic damage to the country and tarnished its image.

Pesky foreigners...

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48 minutes ago, rooster59 said:

get tough on foreign criminals and “influential figures”

Are these influential figures part of the Thai criminal fraternity, above the law and well connected to green or brown uniforms?

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1 hour ago, rooster59 said:

"....following the discovery that nearly 100,000 foreigners were overstaying their visas in Thailand".

What a disgraceful admission of the administrative incompetence of the Thai government. Presumably many of these would have arrived over the past 4 years.

Maybe the problems associated with visa renewal might have something to do with it.

Just alone the time and mind draining inconvenience, travel expenses, having to put up with bad tempered, inflexible, deliberately unhelpful and inept immigration officers plus the loopy laws related to the different visas would be enough to deter anyone from bothering to renew their visa. But that wouldn't occur to them. 

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If they were serious about over stayers they would publish a list of names and faces.

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Might explain why there's a big push in In Phuket. The media is reporting that they're chasing 143 overstayers who were paying up to 100 million baht a month in bribes to the local police; not your run-of-the-mill overstayers, methinks.

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2 hours ago, rooster59 said:

It is feared that some of these people are committing crimes and damaging Thailand’s image

That applies to anyone, including Thais. Way to blame foreigners for tarnishing the countries image.

 

2 hours ago, rooster59 said:

especially those who have disguised themselves as tourists

With what? - shorts, a bag, 20,000 baht and a passport?

 

My brain goes numb when I read some of this stuff.

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1 hour ago, Cadbury said:

What a disgraceful admission of the administrative incompetence of the Thai government. Presumably many of these would have arrived over the past 4 years.

Maybe the problems associated with visa renewal might have something to do with it.

Just alone the time and mind draining inconvenience, travel expenses, having to put up with bad tempered, inflexible, deliberately unhelpful and inept immigration officers plus the loopy laws related to the different visas would be enough to deter anyone from bothering to renew their visa. But that wouldn't occur to them. 

It's a clearly a number fabricated out of thin air.

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hmmm. well they are certainly cracking down on a lot which is good. but there are still some serious fraudsters here that are living quite freely. wonder why that is. could it be that it could implicate some very high up people? such as . . . . hmm. let's leave that then 5555

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While I have no doubt that a considerable proportion of overstaying foreigners are engaged in some sort of criminal activity, it also is a fact that behind every foreign criminal there is an entire group of local criminals who directly reap benefits from the erstwhile's nefarious doings; and unfortunately many of these locals are in brown uniforms.

 

Why not roll the entire problem up from both ends, Mr. Prawit, if you're oh so concerned about tarnished reputations and all? Or would that be too difficult and it is easier to go after the bad, bad token foreigners?

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So after the Black Eagle squad, here comes...euh!....the Rainbow Squad ?!!:sorry:

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