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Alleged extortion of elderly Frenchman arrested on Pattaya beach just a big misunderstanding


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Alleged extortion of elderly Frenchman arrested on Pattaya beach just a big misunderstanding

 

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Naew Na reported on the latest in the case of an 80 year old Frenchman who was taken in with a group of friends after walking on the beach in contravention of Covid-19 restrictions.

 

It was claimed that police extorted 2,000 baht for taking the group home during the curfew after investigations dragged on to 1 am. In addition 50,000 baht bail had been handed over.

 

The resolution of the case beggar's belief, notes Thaivisa, falling into the category of the mother of all whitewashes.

The media said that Pim, 42, the wife of the Frenchman (who earlier had been to appeal for justice to her local MP) went with the MP's lawyer to meet Pattaya station chief Pol Col Khemmarin Phitsamai on Thursday evening.

 

He had earlier said he was busy but now found time for her and the entourage that arrived at the police station.

 

After about a one hour meeting Naew Na said that the foreigner's wife said that she had received wonderful justice and completely clear explanations. 

 

She admitted that it had all been one big misunderstanding. 

 

Regarding the bail money she now felt completely "sabai jai" (happy) and she no longer had any problem whatsoever with the actions of the police.

 

After "wais" were exchanged all round chief Khemmarin said that his men were completely and utterly blameless in the case and had no criminal or disciplinary case to answer. 

 

He spoke of the constabulary's duty of care and adjustments to procedures in the long run without giving any further details. 

 

He offered an apology for the Thai wife's experience.

 

Naew Na gave no details about the alleged extortion, the bail money or what has happened to the Frenchman.

 

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I said that 3 days ago, it will be put down to a misunderstanding.:cheesy:

Misunderstanding my a++e, plod  were put in a situation they could not handle, so just tried bluffing their way out of it.

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My thai girlfriend told me as it was reported yesterday in thai on FB....yes just a complete misunderstanding by all parties...everyone,s now very happy and the police chief emphasized how the police officers involved did nothing wrong....amazing and wonderful Thailand once again.....:clap2:

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8 minutes ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

falling into the category of the mother of all whitewashes.

That takes some doing in this place. A deal was no doubt worked out and some at least of the 50,000 is back with Pim and her husband in exchange for pretending it was just a mistake. Business as usual.

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complete misunderstanding, like what exactly.

How did the Frenchman cough up 50,000 , not from an ATM or a bank.

This story is full of holes, and why are the other bunch of farangs caught with this guy not also in the news for being fined or were they let off.

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7 hours ago, cornishcarlos said:

 

Just an apology to the wife... ??

The police chief cannot "parlez vous francais...........:cheesy:

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7 hours ago, kwonitoy said:

Of course it was a misunderstanding

Because they got Caught

The case is CLOSED now chaps...with the proverbial "happy ending" all round :clap2:

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15 minutes ago, scubascuba3 said:

Good wife to have though, seeks justice \ get the money back they extorted. Moral to the story, police can get away with it so might as well continue as before

Did she get the money back? I didnt see that. Maybe she got nothing back but was finally given a receipt for the bail.

 

Dont know what happened to the 2000bht police taxi though. Would be nice if someone who knows the frenchman could enlighten us.

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17 minutes ago, colinneil said:

I said that 3 days ago, it will be put down to a misunderstanding.:cheesy:

Misunderstanding my a++e, plod  were put in a situation they could not handle, so just tried bluffing their way out of it.

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3 minutes ago, petermik said:

The case is CLOSED now chaps...with the proverbial "happy ending" all round :clap2:

Nah   The Frenchman was executed (too old to live any more)  His wife is now new wife of police chief

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8 minutes ago, OneeyedJohn said:

complete misunderstanding, like what exactly.

How did the Frenchman cough up 50,000 , not from an ATM or a bank.

This story is full of holes, and why are the other bunch of farangs caught with this guy not also in the news for being fined or were they let off.

50,000 not from an ATM?

 

Daily withdrawal limits can easily be 50,000 or more. These are set by the customer and can be actioned via multiple withdrawals. Mine is 50,000 with Bangkok Bank and can be adjusted up or down quite easily. 

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That's the way it works in Thailand. They got their money back, and I guess, these guys will a bit more selective with their victims. Luckily, my SO will give any extortionists hell. Don't pick on me, unless you want to deal with a crazy Thai woman, she has a rather possessionist attitude towards my money.

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It was either going to be "An honest mistake " or a "Misunderstanding"

this time Misunderstanding won,so the old guy did not pay 50,000 Baht

bail,he just thought he did,and 2000 Baht for escort home,that never

happened either, case closed,everybody happy,sort of

regards Worgeordie

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13 minutes ago, dabhand said:

50,000 not from an ATM?

Yes, no problem if balance allows.

If you walk around Pattaya always have a well balanced account and ATM card to bail out.

 

Kudos to the wife who had the courage to stand up against the gang in uniform.

 

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36 minutes ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

 

The resolution of the case beggar's belief, notes Thaivisa, falling into the category of the mother of all whitewashes

 

37 minutes ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

He spoke of the constabulary's duty of care and adjustments to procedures in the long run without giving any further details. 

What a Swizz .. seen the headline and thought this'll be good for a laugh .. read the story and nowt about they actually wriggled out of it .. all you get is a load of waffle and platitutdes .. What a flipping let down .. Thailand Hub of excuses you never get to hear .. 

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Good going wife, the cops just figured take the money and run the old man will do nothing. They didn't figure on the wife who would not let it go. What ever took place in the end the cops backed down.

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