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Police seek claimant of 20 rai of encroached land on island off Phuket

PHUKET: Police are looking for a person responsible for paying local land tax on what is said to be encroached land on Koh Maphrao. The land, covering 20 rai, now has 14 units on it making up part of a resort, police said yesterday (Sept 14).

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Thursday 15 September 2016, 11:18AM


Deputy Chief of the Natural Resource and Environmental Police (NE) Col Bancha Panpradab together with Maj Kitwarut Phutnuan, officers from the Forestry Department, Military Circle 41, Phuket Provincial Police, Tourist Police, a Koh Kaew village headman and local officials inspected the buildings on Koh Maphrao in Koh Kaew yesterday after officials received complaints that investor/s had bought the land without official land documents from local residents and built a resort.

Col Bancha explained: “We came to inspect the area because people had sent complaints to our office reporting that investors had bought a lot of land in Moo Baan Koh Maphrao without a land titles and no one ever visits the area to investigate.

“NE Police Commander Maj Gen Suthin Sabpwong and an expert from the Justice Court office who specialises in aerial photography, Mr Witoon Chalayonnawin, surveyed the area first by helicopter and confirmed there are structures in a hilly area surrounded by forest. Our patrol officers also discovered several resorts built to accommodate tourists when they visited the island,” he said.

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Col Bancha pointed out,“When we arrived today we were greeted by Mr Adam from Switzerland who claimed he is caretaker of the resort. He showed us several documents, but they were mostly local land tax documents, not land titles.

“After carrying out a survey we discovered that the land, about 20 rai, is already marked with 18 pins which indicates the area is in the progress of requesting a permit. If the land is legally obtained it would be worth no more than B5 million per rai. There are already 14 villas on the land, and some units already have foreign occupants,” he said.

“We will not file any complaint against Mr Adam as he claims that to only take care of the place and is not the owner, but we will file encroachment and illegal structure charges against the person whose name is on the local tax documents that Mr Adam provided,” he added.

 

 

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Joe12 | 17 September 2016 - 12:11:50

Christy...how on earth can the rendition of facts be said to be censoring opinion? Hell, I wouldn't even consider kurt's comments to be opinion. It shows the leniency of Thai authorities of previous instances over lapses prior to his stance of activism, which then pushed them over the edge and so threw him out of the country. 

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Joe12 | 17 September 2016 - 11:40:16

Rorii/Kurt... "Thai" - easy one, just refer to Naturalisation and Citizen Laws.

"Own land" - One owns land, when the law of the land in which one resides and force at the time, says so. Just refer to relevant land laws. (eg. Land Code Promulgating Act, B.E. 2497 (1954). We have come a long way since the days of the neanderthal.

Gotta love this one though from Kurt, "My comments are not negative about Thailand and the thai people." What is this comment if it's not negative? 
"Because of that short sightedness now there is this'problem'"

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Asterix | 17 September 2016 - 10:23:13

@ Kurt

To close the discussion, here are some famous cases about libel suits in Thailand:

- Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian working for Phuketwan.com who were sued by the Thai Navy and faced up to seven years in jail for reproducing a Reuters paragraph that was part of a series on the stateless Rohingya boatpeople.

- A group of human rights defenders in Northeast Thailand has been forced into a frivolous and damaging case in court (50 million Baht), due to their attempts to protect community resources against a gold mining operation.

- British lawyer and migrant workers' rights activist, Andy Hall who was in a series of cases (Up to seven years in prison) brought by Natural Fruit Company, a Thai pineapple company that supplied European and US markets.

- Libel suit filed by Shin Corp against Supinya Klangnarong, secretary-general of the Campaign for Media Reform, and Thai General Group, the owner of Thai Post daily.

So up to you to write conflictual comments which may displease influential people or senior civil servants and have later on a libel suit costing Millions of Baht, jail up to seven years, deported from Thailand and banned to come back into Thailand many more years.

And at last the Media (ThePhuketNews.com) may be sued and closed definitively.

The other Phuket online and printed media (PG, etc..) do not publish much comments since 2 years because they are scare of libel suits.

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swerv | 17 September 2016 - 10:10:18

Kurt: I am not Thai, whatever gave you that idea?

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Kurt | 17 September 2016 - 07:44:31

Well Asterix, comments in PN are quite moderate and friendly compared what you can read in Bangkok Post.

And if readers comment can contribute in the work of the by you called secret police (Santiban?) to catch criminals on Phuket, why not? That is fine with me.
Are you sure you were allowed to write about a secret thai police organization with the name 'Santiban'?
Now it is less secret.  :-)

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Kurt | 16 September 2016 - 19:29:28

Swerv: If the many generations of sea gipsies at Rawai are not thai, are you than sure you are thai? Based on what?

Don't exclude your country mates, don't put them in a different box, based on nothing. Not fair.
It shows just a expression of non existing superiority.

And there is no thai superiority. Name me anything.
To tickle you, Singapore has a much more interracial/religious harmony than Thailand. hahaha, Right?

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Christy Sweet | 16 September 2016 - 19:21:26

  Please As,terix stop spreading rumours. At the link below it's explained Mr Blazy had three overstays. Sadly, your objective appears to be all about censoring opinion.  

http://phuketwan.com/tourism/phuket-expat-joe-blazy-arrested-visa-officials-likely-called-21223/

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Kurt | 16 September 2016 - 18:58:30

A short while ago someone wrote here that there is not such thing as just being 'thai'.
Thailand is a togetherness of many different tribes and local cultures.
Thai have no affinity with the place were they stay/work. See the majority of thai working on Phuket, not registered  on Phuket, roots remain in village where they come from, and they go back again. Very different from other countries.
Perhaps 'togetherness' is a great word.
Thailand has the North, Central ( Bangkok Elite), and the South, not possible to forget the South, right? 

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Kurt | 16 September 2016 - 18:01:58

Thank you Asterix:  Suggest you read here the article about what the Prime Minister said today about the taxi mafia and Thai Phuket officials. 
I agree with the Prime Minister 100%, for the sake of the normal thai people who not have 'power/money' to change things for the better.

I refuse to see the situation of the sea gipsies as 'politics', they are human beings, living in a dominant Buddhist country. There should be more compassion for them.
And when I see today in this newspaper that more than 500 wanted to see the Prime Minister during his Phuket visit, I can write my opinion here in the same newspaper.
Foreigners in Thailand are not political involved in anything. Just humanitaire . 

My comments are not negative about Thailand and the thai people, but could be seen as negative by a certain group of thai people who like to maintain a class society of have's and no have's. 
It is just who fits the shoe. 

Anyway, I read here comments of more soul mates as well.

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Rorii | 16 September 2016 - 17:09:27

swerv... just what makes someone "Thai?" The Mokan, sea gypsies, have a history, along the Andaman Sea, including the Thai coast, longer than the NE and NW provinces, which, infact going back approx. 200 years, Isaan was not part of Thailand/Siam. Go and look at the map on this link
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Isan
So, I suggest the Mokan are more Thai than many others.

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