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Finnish National Arrested in Pattaya In National Child Abuse Raid

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Finnish National Arrested in National Child Abuse Raid

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PATTAYA: -- A Finnish National has been arrested in Pattaya on Wednesday for allegedly indulging in sexual relations with a minor under the age of fifteen.

Pattaya 15th September 2010 [PDN] Police Colonel Worapong Tonpaiboon (Anti Human Trafficking Division Superintendent, AHTD) and his team on Wednesday arrested Mr. Pasi Earik Venaeinen (65), a Finnish national. Mr. Venaeinen was apprehended after an arrest warrant was granted by the Criminal Court on the 15th March 2010 over his alleged involvement with a 14-year-old girl.

In the national police raid, officers confiscated his passport, 10 pornographic DVD’s, 5 packets of Viagra and 10 condoms at his residence in the Diana Estate Condominiums in Soi Buakao, Central Pattaya.

Police from the AHTD were tipped off to Mr. Venaeinen’s illegal dealings when the mother of his 14-year-old victim filed a complaint with the national department stating that the offender had deceived and forced her daughter, Miss Nui (alias), into a sexual relationship.

Full story HERE

PATTAYA DAILY NEWS

-- 2010-09-15

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I have lived in Asia for over twenty five years. I have seen in this time some first time tourists get into similar trouble as the age of a lot of Asian ladies is hard to guess with no experience. However if you have lived here for as long as this gentleman (hic) there is no excuse...........

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Wow...I guess I better just lie low :ph34r:

However, as a point of law, I will just say that Thailand's legal codes are modeled on the Continental European model (i.e., Napoleonic Codes rather than English common law) and as such there is generally NOT a presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law for people arrested for criminal offenses. I believe the burden of proof is on the defendant to prove his innocence, rather than the State.

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The one and only good point in the story: He seems to use condoms. I will not talk about the rest.

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" Pattaya 15th September 2010 [PDN] Police Colonel Worapong Tonpaiboon (Anti Human Trafficking Division Superintendent, AHTD) and his team on Wednesday arrested Mr. Pasi Earik Venaeinen (65), a Finnish national. Mr. Venaeinen was apprehended after an arrest warrant was granted by the Criminal Court on the 15th March 2010 over his alleged involvement with a 14-year-old girl."

I am just curious why the police took over 5 months to act on an arrest warrant

after it was issued by the court ? :blink:

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While I certainly don't condone his life choices or actions by preying on young victims. Why was this young girl put in the circumstance to be victimized in the first place? And as another poster mentioned, why did it take almost 6 months to execute the arrest warrant? Gathering evidence or money?

Also, confiscating his passport is against international law as far as I have read, the passport is the property of the nation that issued it. To quote the German Consul to Phuket: “Passports are the property of the issuing state and should not be withheld by the host country.” See link to article: Phuket Consuls Meet

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While I certainly don't condone his life choices or actions by preying on young victims. Why was this young girl put in the circumstance to be victimized in the first place? And as another poster mentioned, why did it take almost 6 months to execute the arrest warrant? Gathering evidence or money?

Also, confiscating his passport is against international law as far as I have read, the passport is the property of the nation that issued it. To quote the German Consul to Phuket: "Passports are the property of the issuing state and should not be withheld by the host country." See link to article: Phuket Consuls Meet

You cannot say at this point really. Maybe the Thai authorities have the permission or the help of the issuing country to confiscate his Passport?

I don't know all f Thailands laws as I'm sure noone on TV does but maybe a country can confiscate it as long as they notify the issuing country?

Sorry, I better read your link before I say more hehe. BUT I think if they arrest someone in a foriegn country and take m to jail it is not a good idea to leave his passport in his room wouldn't you say? Therefore maybe they took it to the police station and held it. After all they wouldn't give it to him in his cell. That would certainly cover the clause "confiscate".

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Did anyone noticed the eyes of this guy? :blink:

He seems to be very upset about the situation!!! Good to see that Thailand is doing something against these criminals.

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Wow...I guess I better just lie low :ph34r:

However, as a point of law, I will just say that Thailand's legal codes are modeled on the Continental European model (i.e., Napoleonic Codes rather than English common law) and as such there is generally NOT a presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law for people arrested for criminal offenses. I believe the burden of proof is on the defendant to prove his innocence, rather than the State.

Your idea about what you call "the continental european model" is quite weird. Please tell me one 'continental" country where it doesn't apply the presumption of innocence. Just one. thanks whistling.gif

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Crikey, an older man alleged to have had sexual relations with a minor in Pattaya of all places. Well I never. :whistling:

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By the photo the poor bugger looks totally surprised. I doubt (I may be a bad judge) they guy could in fact even come close to a sexual relationship and as others have posted - 6 months to affect an arrest - he doesn't look like he would be too hard to track down or cause a problem. I would also like to hear his side of the allegations. I'm not convinced.ermm.gif

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" 5 packets of Viagra and 10 condoms '

looks like his ratio of viagra to condoms is way off

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If anyone reading this now were picked up by the BIB and paraded in front of a news crew because of hearsay evidence from some mother, could you prove you were not a pedophile? You might say that you are a doctor, minister, or teacher, with a good wife and several children, and they would say that the prisons are full of pedos that fit that description. So, before we burn this guy at the stake, place yourself or a friend in his position. Hearsay evidence and witnesses are easily bought in Thailand. Evidence should consist of pictures, or video, and/or a rape check kit. Again, would you want your life dangling on the word of a greedy mother? If he is truly guilty than he should serve his time. What worries me is that if word spreads that you can extort money from any farang just by filing a report at the police station, we will all be targets.

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