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Immigration ramps up checks on foreigners

BANGKOK: The Immigration Bureau (IB) is tightening up security across all international airports in the country ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit, which takes place later this week.

By Bangkok Post

Monday 14 November 2022, 09:01AM

Photo: Bangkok Post

Photo: Bangkok Post

IB commissioner, Pol Lt Gen Pakphumpipat Sajjapan, said yesterday (Nov 13) authorities are taking a closer look at foreign arrivals, particularly those who may pose a security threat to the summit, reports the Bangkok Post.

Since the start of October, authorities have barred over 2,000 individuals from entering the country, many of whom were already on the immigration blacklist, he said, adding authorities will also monitor the activities of foreign residents more closely during the summit.

“Those who are found to be involved in suspicious activities will be questioned and deported,” he said.

The bureau is also coordinating with its foreign counterparts to ensure its officers have the latest data on suspected and/or wanted criminals that may attempt to enter the country, Pol Lt Gen Pakphumpipat said.

The IB chief said more officers will be deployed to staff the immigration checkpoint counters at Suvarnabhumi airport, as the airport will see an increased number of travellers as the summit takes place.

Pol Lt Gen Pakphumpipat said between Oct 10 and Saturday, 785 foreign migrant workers were arrested for overstaying their visa, while 1,249 others - 770 from Laos, 349 from Myanmar, 108 from Cambodia and 22 “others” - were arrested for illegal entry.

Among those arrested were two individuals on Interpol’s Red Notice list, he said.

The first, he said, was a 27-year-old Chinese citizen, identified only as Li, who was arrested for allegedly defrauding more than 400,000 victims out of B50 million via a mobile application.

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According to Interpol, Li and his accomplice launched an investment app to scam victims in China, before making off with the money.

A tip-off later led to his whereabouts at a house in Bangkok’s Sutthisan area.

The other is a 40-year-old Chinese national, named by police as Hu, for the alleged possession of illicit properties and forgery.

An investigation showed the suspect had been hiding around Suvarnabhumi Airport in Samut Prakan.

In addition, immigration police also arrested a Taiwanese national, known only as Zhang, who headed a call centre scam ring in the Philippines.

His arrest came after immigration police found his B24mn Ferrari at a department store in Bangkok.

He showed his Cambodian passport to authorities, but a check showed his biometric information was linked to two counterfeit Taiwanese passports.

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DeKaaskopp | 14 November 2022 - 21:14:38

@Wiesel    100% agree !

Kurt | 14 November 2022 - 15:13:52

@Wiesel,  dumb I wrote. Reality is not discrimatory as half the timethey doný know what they are doing. See essential repair estimations  ( 45-60 days  Patong Hill Rd) Kata Hill rd more than 2 years. And so on. To much to mention. Don't overreact as you are in a Thai opera drama. It's the xenophobic focus on foreigners what call for a reaction. 

Wiesel | 14 November 2022 - 12:49:47

@ Kurt: You should be punished and expelled from the country for racist, insulting and discriminatory statements such as "As always, Thai thinking/acting is stupid".

Kurt | 14 November 2022 - 10:49:20

What we read is that Chinese people are the foreigners they have to focus on to keep Thailand safe. :-) Lus of course the Thai 'terrorists' from the deep south. But that will be not on immigration radar.

Kurt | 14 November 2022 - 10:29:00

Starting to ramp up? What a Thai nonsense. Foreigners who want to do bad things are for sure already many weeks in Thailand to prepare their actions, if any.. As always, the Thai thinking/acting is dumb
to late in this matter. All just show. The outside world look though this nonsense with attention drawing on foreigners.

JohnC | 14 November 2022 - 09:44:48

Hope the activities of locals are also being more closely monitored as well. Stop blaming foreigners for all the problems in this country. Remember the southern provinces extremists and their love of bombs.


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