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American Pleads Guilty To Forging Canadian Passport To Live And Work In Thailand

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American Pleads Guilty To Forging Canadian Passport To Live And Work In Thailand

An American man pled guilty on Thursday to forging and using a Canadian passport to allow him to live and work in Thailand at a court hearing in Mukdahan.

Robert David Bell, 54, was arrested last September by immigration officers manning the checkpoint at the Friendship 2 Bridge as he attempted to leave the country using a dodgy Canadian passport with many errors including the city of issue Vancouver spelt “Vancover”.

At his trial, Bell initially denied knowing the passport was a fake but admitted to using it.

The court heard that following his arrest it soon came to light that he was not a Canadian citizen and there was no record of him or the passport on file with Canadian authorities. Police did, however, find an expired American passport in his name stating he was from Ohio.

At the time of his arrest, he was en route to the Thai Consulate in Savannakhet to obtain a visa for a recent appointment at a university in Bangkok.

It also came to light that it was not only the Thai authorities who had failed over 5 years to spot the forged passport but immigration officials from Malaysia and Laos too where he had travelled to dozens of times.

Through the two lawyers and an interpreter provided by via legal aid, Bell told the court a bogus Bangkok-based company made and supplied him with the forged passport.

The court was not convinced of his argument stating that he did not have any evidence or witnesses to back up his story.

Bell is facing two charges. The first is using a fake passport to exit and enter the country repeatedly. The second is forging a fake passport with the intention of using it to illegally travel around ASEAN and finding work.

The court gave him two options. One was to continue fighting his case as innocent, which if proven guilty could land him a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and/or a 200,000 baht fine. Or he could make a deal and admit to his crimes for a lighter sentence.

Following a lengthy discussion with his legal team and girlfriend, he conceded and admitted to forgery.

Bell will be sentenced at Mukdahan Provincial Court on April 8.

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Court Reject Lawsuit Against PM By Former Immigration Chief

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Court Reject Lawsuit Against PM By Former Immigration Chief

The Administrative Court of Thailand has rejected the lawsuit filed by former Immigration chief Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha over his transfer out of the police force to a job in the civil service in April 2019.

In the suit filed with the court on Sept 22, Surachate claimed there had been no investigation for 17 months into why he was removed from the police force and given a job in the civil service working out of the Prime Ministers office as an advisor.

Big Joke said he fulfilled his duties to “full capacity” as Immigration chief and the various other police departments he headed-up.

He claimed the transfer was illegal and the failure of the Prime Minister to conduct an investigation has hindered his career.

The Administrative Court on Tuesday dismissed the lawsuit stating the PM had no case to answer as the letter sent to the Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office by Surachate dated Aug 20 requesting he be reinstated in his role with the Royal Thai Police had a time limit of 90 days for a response.

Surachate filed his lawsuit on Sept 22 before the period of consideration had expired and hadn’t updated the court to the outcome of his requested following the November 18 deadline.

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New Electric Boats Set For Friday Launch

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New Electric Boats Set For Friday Launch

Seven new electric-powered express boats are set to be launched by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration on the Padung Krungkasem canal this Friday.

The boats with service commuters between Thewes and Hua Lamphong piers with each vessel capable of carrying 30 passengers.

New Electric Boats Set For Friday Launch

Boats will run every 15 minutes from 6am to 7pm on weekdays and 8am to 7pm on weekends and will link Chao Phraya ferries and express boats with trains and the MRT at Hua Lamphong station.

The new electric-powered boats will be free of charge to passengers through until May 2021.

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Korean Arrested On Khaosan Road For 2019 Stabbing Of Fellow Countryman

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Korean Arrested On Khaosan Road For 2019 Stabbing Of Fellow Countryman

The prime suspect in the brutal stabbing of a South Korean man in Pattaya 13 months ago has been arrested in Bangkok, according to police.

Keunhui Park, 38, was arrested outside a bar on Khaosan Road on Monday and charged with attempted murder.

Park Jinhyung was found by a taxi driver with multiple stab wounds back in October 2019. He was left in intensive care after being stabbed 17 times.

A warrant for the arrest of Keunhui was issued on the back of information received from the victim’s girlfriend, however, Park fled Pattaya for Bangkok leading to the delay in apprehending him.

Thai media report the vicious attack was over a woman.

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