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Cop accused in assault, extortion of Russian couple

SURAT THANI: A police officer and four accomplices have been accused of the assault and extortion of a Russian couple holidaying on Koh Pha Ngan whom they had falsely accused of possessing drugs.

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Bangkok Post

Thursday 2 March 2017, 08:27AM


Two Russian tourists tell police yesterday (Mar 1) that five men tried to extort money from them and then stole personal items at Rin Beach in Koh Pha Ngan district of Surat Thani on Tuesday night, in return for dropping false drugs charges against them. Photo: Supapong Chaolan
Two Russian tourists tell police yesterday (Mar 1) that five men tried to extort money from them and then stole personal items at Rin Beach in Koh Pha Ngan district of Surat Thani on Tuesday night, in return for dropping false drugs charges against them. Photo: Supapong Chaolan

Ekaterina Lobanova, 35, and her husband Anthon Lobanov, 36, yesterday (Mar 1) told police they went to a nightspot on Rin beach of this popular island on Tuesday night (Feb 28).

On the way back to their accommodation they were approached by two men who offered to sell them illicit drugs. They refused. 

The men then offered them a taxi ride back to their room and they accepted the offer. But on the way to the taxi, three more men emerged and claimed to be police officers. The couple said they were handcuffed and told to get inside the taxi, which was on the Au Thong Nai Pan route.  

The men then demanded money from them in exchange for dropping charges of illegal possession of drugs, the tourists said.

Ms Lobanova said she told them that she had no money. One of the men then punched her in the face, took her iPhone 6 and other valuables worth about B30,000.

The gang abandoned the Russian couple on Ban Thong Nang Rd in tambon Ban Tai, where they sought help from local people, who took them to police to file a complaint. Yesterday they returned to give further details of what happened to them.

Maj Gen Apichart Boonsriroj, Chief of Surat Thani Police, sent extra officers from the province to join Koh Pha Ngan police in investigating the case. 

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The investigation led to the identification of five suspects. They include Snr Sgt Maj Suriyan Ranjuan, 50, of Koh Pha Ngan Police Station.

The others are Thanin Srikaew, 46, Apidet Khongman, 31, Thaweesin Khongnak, 34, and Suriya Ruangthong, 47.

Koh Samui Provincial Court yesterday approved a request for arrest warrants for the suspects on charges of colluding in extortion, assault and illegal detention. 

Three of the men – Mr Thanin, Mr Apidet and Mr Thaweesin – turned themselves in yesterday.

Mr Thanin denied any involvement, while the two others confessed to having offered to sell “drugs” to the tourists, but claimed it was really a common painkiller ground up to fool tourists into paying for it. They denied assaulting Ms Lobanova. 

Maj Gen Apichart said drastic disciplinary action would be taken against Snr Sgt Maj Suriyan if found guilty.

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Nasa123 | 02 March 2017 - 15:33:00

This happen every day in Phuket Nr 1 are Karon, Nr 2 are Chalong Patong I don`t now. I live here fore soon 8 year and I se it`s every day, especially in Karon Police Station I paid out the people in the past eight months 230,000 Bath in their pockets to police in Karon.One boy from Norway we pay 70,000 Bath upfront to Karon. But we have some small movie about 5 Police men in Karon some take the money. They have 1 cafe in the Police Station and every thing happen there, And ho it`s the owner on Cafe on State of Thailand property ?

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