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Police: online clip of attack on Russian tarnishes Phuket's image

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Police: online clip of attack on Russian tarnishes Phuket's image

PHUKET, 21 June 2013 (NNT) – Phuket police say the online video clip of an attack on a Russian man greatly tarnishes the province's image, and the attack itself was perpetrated by one man and did not reflect the action of Phuket people as a whole.


According to police, Phatchara Utsaha, the attacker, came to knock on the door of the Russian victim in Mueang Phuket district on June 6. When the victim opened the door, Phatchara threatened him with a fake gun and assaulted him.

Police said Phatchara carried out the attack because the Russian man had taken his wife out on an excursion in Khaolak district, Phang-nga.

Police Major General Chot Chawanwiwat, commissioner of Phuket Provincial Police, noted that the video clip of the attack were hurting the tourism image of the province, and the police will investigate whether the person who released the clip had such an ill intention.

The video clip was allegedly released by a Russian editor of an English language newspaper in Phuket.

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Phuket Top Police Blasts Video Of Thai Man Slapping Russian

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PHUKET: -- Commander of the police in Phuket province criticized the Russian man who made public the video of himself being slapped and threatened with a gun by a Thai man, saying the video has ′caused damage′ to the image of Thailand.

Phuket news agency The Phuket News uploaded the video which was sent to them by Mr. Vasiliv Tubaev onto Youtube website. The video appeared to record the moments when a Thai man showing up Mr. Tubaev′s room with a gun. In the video, the man could be seen slapping and threatening the Russian with his handgun, saying that Mr. Tubaev should leave his wife alone. The individual eventually left the room.

Phuket News reported that Mr. Tubaev was dating a woman who had not told him she was already seeing someone else, hence the angry responses from the woman′s husband. The news agency says Mr. Tubaev saw the man coming to his room, so he set a camera to record the confrontation.

Mr. Tubaev declined the offer of 10,000 baht in cash as compensation from the man and pressed charge instead, the Phuket News reported, adding that the Russian already left Phuket.

Today, Pol.Maj.Gen. Choti Chawarnvivat, commander of Phuket provincial police, hosted a press conference at the police HQ and gave out details about the matter. He said the incident took place at PN Mansion in Muang district on 6 June, and the police arrested the Thai individual on 12 June.

The suspect was identified as Mr. Patchara Utsaha, 37, a native of Trang province. Pol.Maj.Gen. Choti said the man confessed to his actions, saying that he threatened the Russian with his replica gun out of anger after Mr. Tubaev went on a date with his wife. The police commander added that the case is now being processed by the court.

Full story: http://www.khaosod.co.th/en/view_newsonline.php?newsid=TVRNM01UY3pPVEkwTUE9PQ==

-- KHAOSOD English 2013-06-21

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Yes, really amazing.

Less amazing, Phuket News released the video to promote its own paper?

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Is pointing a fake piece at someone against the law here?

Obviously not.

Anther news source was reporting a young Aussie guy pointing one at the grass cutting Thai making noise.

1000 baht fine and back to bed.

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