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1 hour ago, trucking said:

Meanwhile , in Bangkok you can still eat at a sharks fin soup restaurant.

 

Totally over the top from the authorities.

Since when have sharks fin soup restaurants been illegal?  Working on tourist visas sure is.

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1 hour ago, fdsa said:

widely abundand crabs, crinoids, sea stars and sea cucumbers are protected🤦‍♂️

fresh Zebra sharks hanging on a hook at sea markets - mai pin rai 👌

Zebra sharks are not protected so their sale at markets is not illegal.

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38 minutes ago, CorpusChristie said:

Severe consequences for the two guys , will probably lose all their assets in Thailand as well as any Family they may have , will these guys get blacklisted ?

Will they think about how unbelievably stupid they were to risk losing all their assets in Thailand by working, opening businesses and then to displaying it all on social media while on tourist visas?

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Fend off a potentially rabbed dog in the street, prod an invertebrate, beat a farang half to death over nothing. Sometimes the punishment does not seem to fit the crime but if you want post every stupid thing to social media ensure your work permit is in order, and you have a GOOD lawyer on speed dial. ByeBye

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1 hour ago, CorpusChristie said:

Severe consequences for the two guys , will probably lose all their assets in Thailand as well as any Family they may have , will these guys get blacklisted ?

... and that's exactly why they have been deported. Some Thai's will profit quite well out of this.

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3 minutes ago, geriatrickid said:

The authorities investigated these two people and discovered a number of immigration violations

What were their immigration violations ?

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14 minutes ago, Phuketshrew said:

... and that's exactly why they have been deported. Some Thai's will profit quite well out of this.

Suggest you have a look at the  BBQ restaurant and the dive shop.  IMO, nothing of value. In any case, each has the convenience of a Thai spouse/domestic partners, so  assets won't be lost right away.

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11 minutes ago, CorpusChristie said:

What were their immigration violations ?

It' s all over the  news reports;

-Simonetti did not report his change in residence.

-Otts' wife was providing lodging for a  foreigner but had not reported her activity. Whether she was reporting her activity as a lodging facility was not pursued. Also not addressed is what the foreigner was doing with Ott. 

My takeaway is that the  immigration authorities saw enough smoke that they did not need to wait for the fire to act.

 

 

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4 minutes ago, Pottinger said:

....and keyboard warriors who take it upon themselves to justify the laws of countries not their own.

What part of respecting the local laws do you object to?  If you cannot be a law abiding foreigner in thailand why enter Thailand?

You know darn well that these two people are of questionable position.

No one will miss the BBQ shop and the  disappearance of a dive operator who  cannot follow the code that the other responsible dive operators follow  is no loss either. Most of the dive shop people try very hard to be good responsible operations. Along comes  this guy and  destroys their reputations.

 

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