Connect with us

News

Counterfeit Passport Kingpin Busted By Thai Authorities

Published

on

Counterfeit Passport Kingpin Busted

An Iranian counterfeiter known only to authorities as “The Doctor” was arrested on Monday by immigration police following a raid on a house in Chachoengsao province.

Hamid Reza Jafary, 48, who has been living and operating his criminal empire out of Thailand for the past 25 years, produced a Brazilian passport in the name of Eliseu Moraes when asked to identify himself.

Under questioning he soon conceded the passport was a forgery and gave immigration officers his real name and nationality before revealing the names of five Pakistani associates who were soon rounded up and brought in for questioning.

Counterfeit Passport Kingpin Busted

Thai authorities having been on the trail of “The Doctor” for years, coming close on several occasions to catching him only for him to vanish. A major breakthrough in tracking him down came when his name was revealed in a separate case.

The Immigration Bureau commissioner, Nathathorn Prousoontorn, said on Tuesday at a press conference that Jafary was the kingpin in a major counterfeiting ring who produced “mirror” quality passports that were difficult to detect.

Counterfeit Passport Kingpin Busted

The Iranian, and the five Pakistani “middlemen” were paraded in masks and sunglasses along with the evidence seized yesterday that included 34 machines for printing passport covers imported from China, special paper used to for passport pages, 18 blocks to print watermarks, a Thai visa stamp for the immigration office in Nong Khai plus fake Thai visas and over 170 fake passports.

It was revealed customers would make contact with the Pakistanis via the internet to place their orders and after paying between 50-80,000 baht the forged passports were then dispatched via international courier companies to the customers, mainly from the Middle East.

Counterfeit Passport Kingpin Busted

Jafary and his five middlemen, identified as Cheeman Ahsan Javed, Amer Buit, Rahim Khan Pathan, Gohar Zaman and Muhammad Tariq, were all charged with numerous offences and remanded pending further legal proceedings.

Stickboy aka Sticky Boy aka Mike McKay aka Mike McKwai, Wild Mike, Magic Mike, Mr Mike, and a fair few more best forgotten, is a party animal with hollow legs who loves music, current affairs, beer, food, causing trouble on Twitter, and making the most of life without worrying too much about what people think or say about his antics. You can send him stuff here - stickboybkk@gmail.com

Continue Reading

News

Nike Open Flagship Store At Siam Center

Published

on

Nike Open Flagship Store At Siam Center

Nike Thailand has launched a massive new flagship store in Bangkok’s Siam Center designed to showcase product innovation.

Operated by Southeast Asian luxury retail specialist Valiram, the new 9000sq foot Nikestore offers a blend of physical and digital retail experiences for shoppers.

Nike Open Flagship Store At Siam Center

“Nike Bangkok at Siam Center exists to offer everyone the ability to make sport a daily habit, ensuring they are inspired and committed to staying active,” said director of Nike stores Southeast Asia & India Tarundeep Singh.

Services such as head-to-toe apparel fitting and footwear trialling are offered to provide consumers with opportunities to deepen their connection with the brand and select products suited to their needs.

You can also book one-on-one sessions with running experts and styling specialists.

Continue Reading

News

Phuket Reopens Land And Sea Access

Published

on

Phuket Reopens Land And Sea Access

Following two months of lockdown by land and sea, Phuket finally reopened to the rest of the world on Monday.after Covid-19 measures were relaxed.

Governor Pakkapong Taweewat signed an order on Sunday allowing entry and exit from the southern island by 24 seaports and the road bridge between Tha Chat Chai to Phangnga on the mainland.

Phuket airport remains closed to international passenger flights until June 30 under the ban by CAAT with a limited number of domestic flights operating.

People can leave Phuket without restriction with those entering having to undergo temperature checks and log their details via the “Mor Chana” app to allow track and trace should there be any newly reported coronavirus cases.

Continue Reading

News

All Quiet As Moviegoers Swerve Strict Cinema Reopening Rules

Published

on

All Quiet As Movie Goers Swerve Strict Cinema Reopening Rules

Cinemas across the capital were almost empty on Monday on their first day open following the relaxation of rules that shut them down back in March in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Moviegoers obviously didn’t fancy watching old flicks, sitting in the theatre for two hours wearing a mask, and not being able to eat some popcorn while watching the film, so instead, they stayed away.

All Quiet As Movie Goers Swerve Strict Cinema Reopening Rules

Managers tried to talk up some of the new measures put in place such as the screens placed between seats would allow more privacy for customers.

Couples can sit together with at least 3 seats between them and others in the theatre with nobody allowed to sit in front or behind each other.

Other regulations include customers going through screening which includes having their temperature taken and their hands washed; social distancing at all times including when buying tickets with e-payment the favoured option to avoid contact.

Every seat and all the touch points in the theatre must be cleaned after every viewing and the entire place hosed down at the end of the night.

Continue Reading

Trending