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Koh Samui ‘influential person’ gunned down

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Koh Samui, Surat Thani:- A businessman, said to be an influential person on this popular tourist-destination island, was gunned down Friday night at a walking street fair.


The shooting that happened at 7:40 pm caused panic to both Thai and foreign tourists who were shopping at the Borphud walking street.


Panas Khao-uthai, 49, alias Tag Borphud, was shot six times in his back and he died on the way to the Ban Don Inter Hospital, police said.


Panas was known to be an influential real estate developer. He also co-owned some restaurants on Koh Samui with some farang businessmen. He reportedly provided protection to farang businessmen who invested on the island.


Pol Lt Col Pongkhachorn Sukkasang, an investigator on duty of the Koh Samui police station, said Panas and his employees were having dinner at the Karma Restaurant on the soi leading to the Borphud pier where he organized the walking street fair when two gunmen opened fire at them.


Pongkhachorn said two employees of Panas were also injured. Chaiklom Kruaphakdee, 36, was shot in his left eye and Sunthorn Chumsai, 42, in his left arm.


Footage from a security camera showed that two men walked to the shop and opened fire at Panas, cutting him down. They then walked to shoot him at pointblank before they fled the scene.


An autopsy found that Panas was shot six times in his back.


The sound of gunfire terrified both Thai and foreign tourists, who ran for cover.


Police have stepped up checking at all piers on Koh Samui to try to prevent the gunmen from fleeing.



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Panas was known to be an influential real estate developer. He also co-owned some restaurants on Koh Samui with some farang businessmen. He reportedly provided protection to farang businessmen who invested on the island.

So if we look at the quote above we may well come to the conclusion that there were there are business practices operated on the island that may well be considered unethical thus those ''business people'' foreign or Thai were in the habit of having a ''loss of profits assurance policy'' in operation to protect their''investments.

Premiums paid monthly or weekly to the ''assurance man'' one wonders?

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lot of news worthy events on the Island recently - I wonder is there a power struggle going on and who is afraid to leave their house right now, not a safe place to be if this escalates further

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Sad, and paradise keeps getting smaller and smaller ....

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Video can be seen here https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=776587439100525

It's not graphic. It shows Walking Street and the 2 shooters with raised guns going into and out of the restaurant but not the actual shooting.

RIP to the deceased, along with what was left of their tourist industry

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(This wasn't the first multi-witness incident there; kids an' all must have seen it!)

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