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Koh Phangan tourist businesses furious as warrant issued for arrest of policeman who robbed two Russian holidaymakers

 

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Tourist operators on the holiday island of Koh Phangan are up in arms after an abduction/robbery of two Russian tourists was allegedly committed by a policeman and four underlings.

 

They demanded decisive action to protect the island from gaining a "Wild West" image.

 

But decisive action is what they got. Following the incident on Tuesday four men were arrested on warrants while the policeman in charge of the gang is expected to be in custody shortly.

 

The alleged ringleader - Suriyan Ranjuan, 50, better known as "Ja Jiap" - is a policeman attached to the Don Sak station on the Surat Thani mainland. He is believed to have fled to Nakorn Sri Thammarat.

 

A warrant is out for his arrest on a variety of charges including robbery, abduction and false imprisonment.

 

The same charges were also leveled at four members of the public who made up the gang that bundled the male and female Russian tourists into a car at Hat Rin beach on Tuesday afternoon.

 

Apidech Khongman, 31, Narin Srikaew, 46, Suriya Reuangthong, 47, and Taweesin Khongnark, 34, were arrested on a warrant at their lodgings on the island yesterday.

 

A team of 20 officers had taken pat in their arrest after the tourists had reported the incident to Koh Phangan police immediately after their ordeal.

 

Daily News reported that tourism operators on the island demanded immediate action to arrest all those responsible for making the island look like the "wild west" in the eyes of foreign tourists.

 

The hunt for the policeman ringleader is now underway with Koh Phangan police saying they expect a quick arrest.

 

Source: https://www.dailynews.co.th/regional/558922

 
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47 minutes ago, Thaiwrath said:

Yet again, the 'tourist image' thing seems a bigger priority than the severity of the crime !

Considering that tourism under the current government is nudging to generating 12% of GDP and more than 10% of the population is directly or indirectly generating an income from provision of services - what's your problem?

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1 hour ago, Thaiwrath said:

Yet again, the 'tourist image' thing seems a bigger priority than the severity of the crime !

 

Same as a farmer - when their pigs are threatened to get sick.

This gives a tool to make them do the right thing.

 

They seem to move only when their income is threatened. 

So make everything bad that happens to tourists known to the world. 

In particular let the world know what Thai police are doing to foreigners

 

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No matter how shocked and outraged readers are in this forum, there will be a similar or worse story tomorrow and the day after that and so on. What the western world views as disgraceful, shocking and surreal is simply an accepted way of life with little desire for change. 

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This happens everyday somewhere in Thailand. Nothing will ever change. No one will be put in prison where they all belong. If the penalties here were the same as any western country things might change. Maybe. But that will never happen.

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10 hours ago, BKKBrit said:

Considering that tourism under the current government is nudging to generating 12% of GDP and more than 10% of the population is directly or indirectly generating an income from provision of services - what's your problem?

 

Might want to check your figures :-)

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourism_in_Thailand

 

https://knoema.com/atlas/thailand/topics/tourism/travel-and-tourism-total-contribution-to-gdp/total-contribution-to-gdp-percent-share

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28 minutes ago, Toshiba66 said:

This happens everyday somewhere in Thailand. Nothing will ever change. No one will be put in prison where they all belong. If the penalties here were the same as any western country things might change. Maybe. But that will never happen.

"no one will be put in prison"

Of course they will!

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