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Kevin Tahiango Theodore Okito doesn't sound typically French to me.

This is getting so old. Not all French are called Charles Henri Duval, just like not all Brits are called Jim Smith and just like not all Germans are called Fritz Mueller. If they have French passports, then that is what they are; regardless of names or skin color.

Perhaps the "name" issue is actually an oblique way of asking this question:

"Why is it that North African/African minority groups make up about 13.5% of the population of France, but they seem to account for (according to the media) 90+% of the crime committed by French citizens in Thailand?"

Does it mean that "whitey" French crooks, with traditional Gallic names, prefer to thieve at home, or are the ex-colonised just easier to catch?

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Phuket:- Five French nationals of African origin have been arrested in Phuket for allegedly using skimmer devices to steal ATM cards’ identities and stealing from accounts of their victims.

The arrest was announced at a press conference by Deputy Police Commissioner General Pol Gen Wut Liptapanlop at the Phuket Police head office at 10:30 am Tuesday.

The five were identified as Kevin Tahiango Theodore Okito, 29, Mel Duval Poaty, 29, Accel Jonathan Poaty Pambou, 26, Samir Maruo, 29, and Jessy Bianvenu Vincence, 33.

Police seized 13 fake ATM cards, a notebook computer and three USB Flash drives with information of ATM cards they have allegedly stolen with skimmer devices.

Police investigated and staked out at certain ATM machines in Tambon Kamala in Krathu district and Tambon Chalong in Muang district after they were alerted by the Siam Commercial Bank that some black foreigners have been using fake ATM cards to withdraw money from SCB ATM machines in the two tambon since February 22.

At about 1:10am on February 28, police spotted Okito and Poaty turning up at the SCB ATM booth in front of the Freshmart shop in Tambon Kamala.

While Okito was withdrawing the money, police made the arrest. Initially, the two tried to escape by running into a soi but police managed to arrest them.

Following the two’s interrogations, police raided a house in Tambon Kamala and another in Tambon Chalong and arrested the three other suspects.

Wut said during the raids, some black French nationals managed to flee. The Phuket immigration police have been alerted to watch out for the suspects.

Wut said Okito was wanted by an arrest warrant issued in France.

Source: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/805420-five-french-nationals-arrested-in-phuket/

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Perhaps the "name" issue is actually an oblique way of asking this question:

"Why is it that North African/African minority groups make up about 13.5% of the population of France, but they seem to account for (according to the media) 90+% of the crime committed by French citizens in Thailand?"

Does it mean that "whitey" French crooks, with traditional Gallic names, prefer to thieve at home, or are the ex-colonised just easier to catch?

No, they're simply more likely to be thieves. Enough with this PC BS.

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Five man who happened to be lucky enough to have gained French citizenship decide to blacken the name, no pun intended of that said country by engaging in criminal activity in Thailand.

They should be stripped of their citizenship and not be allowed a transfer back to France to serve their time in a cushy western prison.

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in before someone makes a comment that those black guys can be called frenchmen but yet a farang can live a long time in thailand and speak thai and marry a thai person but yet not be considered thai.

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There are many blacks living in France , many of the best football players in France are black .

So this is not about race but some group of people that are lucky enough to get a French passport and take advantage of it to do crime . We can only hope they will get punished hard enough.

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There are many blacks living in France , many of the best football players in France are black .

So this is not about race but some group of people that are lucky enough to get a French passport and take advantage of it to do crime . We can only hope they will get punished hard enough.

Hopefully it doesn't degrade into a type of all nationalities in the world can live in our farangistan countries but yet it isn't the same for non farang countries type of argument despite the fact that you can find people of all nationalities in say the top 30 richest countries for example and they include asian countries as well.

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I am sorry that these fools look nothing like the FRENCHMEN I have met in my life. They resemble the Muslims and Terrorists who inhabit France. Now they are coming here to disrupt Thailand. I hope the Thai Government and Law deal with these creatures severely. Not like they would be babied in France.

Muslim and Terrorists ? Can you elaborate this ?

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in before someone makes a comment that those black guys can be called frenchmen but yet a farang can live a long time in thailand and speak thai and marry a thai person but yet not be considered thai.

Maybe because Thailand doers not have a history as a colonial power? And where is it written that Thailand needs to apply French law; each country makes its own choices.

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Five French nationals arrested in Phuket

Phuket:- Five French nationals of African origin have been arrested in Phuket for allegedly using skimmer devices to steal ATM cards’ identities and stealing from accounts of their victims.


The arrest was announced at a press conference by Deputy Police Commissioner General Pol Gen Wut Liptapanlop at the Phuket Police head office at 10:30 am Tuesday.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/805420-five-french-nationals-arrested-in-phuket/

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