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UPDATE Sat 9.30am

From Phuketwan.com

On Saturday, Phuketwan was told that senior Royal Thai Police from Bangkok had taken charge of the case. Coincidentally, senior police were on the island for the weekend's important gathering of Asean fiance ministers.

Because the case involves an expat and what appears to be a professional killer, police decided to upgrade the investigation and take it out of the hands of local police.

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Seems clear enough to me where the first place to look is. A good investigation looks at all motives and factors, so one should not be too hard on the cops for looking at other areas too. However, the most likely suspect certainly has a lot of explaining to do.

Mario Degioanni told The Canadian Press in a phone interview his son told him he'd been poisoned in January. The attempts seem to stem from a testy legal battle after he had allegedly been defrauded of 20 million baht – about C$700,000 – in an elaborate real-estate scam by one of his employees.

Degioanni sold condominiums in Patong to foreign tourists and had been in business in Phuket for several years.

His son was trying to get the money back and the case was before the courts, Mario Degioanni said "I'm sure it's all linked – the court case and the murder – I can't think of any other reason," Mario Degioanni said. The online English-language Phuket Gazette reported Supt. Grissak Songmoonark of Kathu police in Thailand as saying that police are also looking at other motives outside the business dispute, including romantic jealousy.

Full article here: http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/590624

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doing business in this country is crazy...if you don't have people trying to scam

you constantly, the police will gladly relieve you of your money if the opportunity exists.

buyer beware x 1000

My golden rules for living in Thailand which I have followed successfully for the past 10years:

Don't start a business

Don't marry a Thai lady (or her family)

Don't drive anything (car or motorbike)

Keep a low profile

Don't appear to be rich

Don't act like a prat

Not exactly "living" though is it?

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Whatever the motive, condolences to the guy's family and friends. Unfortunate way to come to the end of the road.

my sentiments also. Interesting how so many posts start with something like "all you fools are speculating in thin air about motives and things you know nothing about......"

.....and then the post goes on to speculate some more.

I also don't much care for the posts which say essentially, 'do nothing, don't venture, don't step outside your house, don't complain, don't buy anything of value, don't knock Thai values, etc."

When I moved to Thailand, I didn't leave my character back in my home country. I'm still opinionated, active, adventuresome, contrary, and sometimes hot-blooded. I've got lovely Thai friends, lots of acquaintances, and some Thai people that appear to hate my guts. A few times I've offended Thais, and I've also had some biz deals that went sour. I'm probably lucky I haven't yet been knocked off by some deranged Thais - but I attribute some of that luck to my decision to reside in northernmost Thailand, rather than hot-headed gun-crazy places like Phuket, Pattaya, Bangkok.

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doing business in this country is crazy...if you don't have people trying to scam

you constantly, the police will gladly relieve you of your money if the opportunity exists.

buyer beware x 1000

My golden rules for living in Thailand which I have followed successfully for the past 10years:

Don't start a business

Don't marry a Thai lady (or her family)

Don't drive anything (car or motorbike)

Keep a low profile

Don't appear to be rich

Don't act like a prat

What if I only break 5 out of the 6 rules above ? Am I safe ? :o

Possibly but your risk profile increases greatly

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the upcoming court case should give the police more than enough clues as to who ordered this hit. all the police need to do now is to check the connections of mr. big before deciding whether to arrest him or not , as the case may be.

as with the hua hin shooting , the local plod may be fearful of treading on powerful toes.

and again , as with the hua hin case , the (in this case , canadian) embassy should push the government to solve this crime by having some uninvolved outside plod take over the investigation.

with the hua hin shooting , i believe that the us embassy made representations to the thai authorities to speed up the investigation.

i dont know how involved the canadian embassy will be in this.

the foreign press could help this by publicising the crime , there seems to be little mention of this case yet outside thailand.

Sounds simple enough........but doesn't take into consideration the fact that the perpetrator may have a load of cash and influence, which will buy them their freedom, as often happens here. The gunmen may be found but Mr/Mrs big convicted, doubt it very much.

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doing business in this country is crazy...if you don't have people trying to scam

you constantly, the police will gladly relieve you of your money if the opportunity exists.

buyer beware x 1000

My golden rules for living in Thailand which I have followed successfully for the past 10years:

Don't start a business

Don't marry a Thai lady (or her family)

Don't drive anything (car or motorbike)

Keep a low profile

Don't appear to be rich

Don't act like a prat

Not exactly "living" though is it?

Well at least I am 'alive'!

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If you're a millionaire and living in Thailand dont tell everyone that you're rich .

Keep a low profile, dont buy a Porsche , just act normal and keep your money in the bank.

Its very simple rules but some guys never learn , being a young and wealthy farang in a country like Thailand spells trouble to me....

I agree. Very stupid to show off your money here as a farang unless you are very well connected. As most of us know by know, the smile does not always (or even usually) mean they like you or that they are happy. Your life is cheap and the Thais are irrationally emotional. Do now. Think later.

As a farang, getting involved in what are normally considered Thai businesses here takes guts. For the people who pull it off, I commend you. For me, I'd rather keep a low profile.

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Think of speculation as thinking out loud. Like belly buttons everyone has an opinion as to what went down but only a few have even a few facts to put forward a plausible scenario. I for one find in curious that the police immediately move into "love triangle mode". For those of us living in Thailand this is one of the top three reasons you could be whacked. I simply think that if it was the wife the timing was really terrible. The victim was with the girlfriend on a personal holiday which would focus an investigation on said wife. Right now I would lean more towards a business dispute where as dumb as this sounds, a Thai actually thought the plan through and took advantage of the purported chaos in the victims personal life.

We all can agree that this was a semi-professional hit and not a robbery. Two killers with weapons and not the usual driver and shooter partnership. Guns are cheap in Thailand but bullets are expensive. Seems like overkill to me. Of course the two shooters may have deemed their plan prudent because the victim also carried a firearm. The plan was well thought out from the security prospective in that the victim's movements were restricted and there was little chance of escape from the confines of the pickup truck interior.

I think the police already thought that whoever called just prior to the victim making an unscheduled trip, delaying his birthday bash, may be involved. whoever it was is definitely connected to the murder. Now this case is so big that the "real" police are making the trip from Bangkok to takeover the case. They will arrive with their 10% case clearance rate to save the day.

As for the Canadian Embassy officials taking a hard line just look at the history in these types of cases. Hopefully they can at least expedite the travel procedures for the body being returned to Canada.

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Nobody should invest in a country that, for all intents and purposes, has no civil law. The only real "law" here is the military junta with its potemkin parliament and the police mafia.

Spend your money here by all means but don't try to earn it in this quasi-failed state. Nobody understands economics here, so if you are a farang a penny earned is a penny stolen as far as they are concerned.

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The Thai Chinese businessman, owner of Sports Villa and brother of the owner of Grand Hotel, who was murdered in Hua Hin last year also received a mystery call which made him change his destination to give the gunmen an easier chance to shoot him. People don't normally rush to meet some one they don't know and that should narrow down the investigation drastically, even if the call was made from a call box. But nothing seems to have come of the Hua Hin case, even though the victim was a well connected, wealthy local. The Donald Whiting attempted murder case, also in Hua Hin, was apparently stalled until Abhisit put it on a list of crimes he wanted solved immediately. Within a few days the police arrested the two gunmen and their employer, the Thai wife of the farang developer Whiting had a dispute with, trying to cross the border into Cambodia. Many of these cases are easily solved by even the most doltish of police but it is just a case of how far up the tree the perpetrators' money and influence can rise and how far up those who want the case solved can go. Usually the perpetrators rightly calculate that they can contain things at the local level but every now and then they miscalculate. I am afraid the victim in this case is not likely to get support from very far up the tree (he is too easy to label as a farang looking for trouble - property development, business disputes, ex-wife, girlfriends, gun illegally in car etc) and the case will go quiet fairly soon but who can say.

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If you're a millionaire and living in Thailand dont tell everyone that you're rich .

Keep a low profile, dont buy a Porsche , just act normal and keep your money in the bank.

Its very simple rules but some guys never learn , being a young and wealthy farang in a country like Thailand spells trouble to me....

I disagree.

Driving a Porsche and being a millionaire won't get you killed here, what can they get off you? a few thousand baht in your pocket and a car that is easy to identify..

Only a desperate junkie would do that.

This guy was not shot then robbed, it was a execution murder.

It comes down to doing business in Thailand, there is no protection and farangs are easy targets.

It's simple, DON"T DO BUSINESS IN THAILAND AT ALL

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