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Patong police deny violence in Russian restaurant G-MM copyright raid

Patong police deny violence in Russian restaurant G-MM copyright raid

PHUKET: Kathu Police Superintendent Col Chaiwat Ui-kam has denied any violence by his officers during a music copyright raid on a Russian restaurant in Patong – despite the owner having a black eye allegedly sustained in the angry confrontation.

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By Darawan Naknakhon

Tuesday 24 November 2015, 02:03PM


Busarakam Suwanwongs said a group of men claiming to be officers and representatives of a music company invaded her establishment on Saturday night (Nov 21).

None of the men were in uniform and none of them presented identification to verify who they were, she posted on Facebook.

Ms Busarakam she said that her restaurant never plays Thai or English music.

“We only play Russian music for our customers,” she said.

But that did not deter the raid party.

“I asked to see their ID or a search warrant, but they did not show them to us,” Ms Busarakam said. “So I took a roll of paper from his (one of the officers) pocket to find out who they were and I asked my daughter to record a video on her iPhone.

“That’s when they started to hit us,” Ms Busarakam alleged.

The video taken by Ms Busarakam’s daughter (click here) shows a man wearing a black Nike T-shirt with what appears to be an official G-MM Grammy ID card around his neck.

The man obviously refuses to present the ID to the camera clearly just before the apparent fight broke out.

“One of them hit my 18-year-old daughter in the chest and took her iPhone 6s,”Ms Busarakam said.

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“Another one hit and kick my 15-year-old son. They also hit me in the face and snatched my pearl necklace,” she said.

Immediately after the fight, Ms Busarakam drove to Patong Police Station to report the incident.

“I plan to report this to the Phuket Governor as soon as I can, too,” she added.

Kathu Police chief Col Chaiwat Uikum today confirmed to The Phuket News that he had received a report of the incident, which was now under investigation.

“The copyright protection officers that went to the Russian restaurant with Patong Police officers also reported at Kathu Police Station that they were prevented from performing their duty,” Col Chaiwat said.

Col Chaiwat did not elaborate on whether or not the report from the officers was filed before or after Ms Busarakam filed her complaint.

He also did not comment on why the officers allegedly did not present their Royal Thai Police identification when conducting a lawful raid.

“Both sides have their own reasons, and the copyright officers have their job to do, too,” Col Chaiwat said. “

“But when problems like this happen, we have to fix it as quickly as possible. And I can confirm that no police were involved in the fight,” he added.

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Joe12 | 15 February 2016 - 19:55:18

Check the law first before commenting:

Copyright Act B.E. 2537 (1994) 

Section 4:

"official" is described as a person appointed by the Minister for the execution of this Act;
"Minister" is defined as the Minister of Commerce who has charge and control of the execution of this Act.

Section 67. 
For the purpose of performing duties under this Act, a competent offici...

Kurt | 15 February 2016 - 10:55:25

Hard to analyse the whole affair.
But I do know enough about the thai law that the 'raid officials' must have a ID card on their shirt, but they didn't have.
( Even a shop assistant has a ID card on his shirt)

Phuket Officials hitting children of 18 and 15 years old is disguisting an very bad for the Thai Image on Phuket

These Government Officials should be reported to NCPO Aut...

PhuketDave | 26 November 2015 - 04:26:38

A warrant is not needed to enter a business open to the public in order to check for the proper licenses; business, alcohol, food, entertainment, tobacco and the royalty license. They may also enter a business without a warrant to inspect your imported alcohol for tax stamps.

When I had my business it was inspected every year but the inspecting officers always showed proper identification and e...

LivinLOS | 25 November 2015 - 13:55:50

Simple, did the police / copyright officers have a warrant to enter the premises ?? Without one they are in violation. 

jogi | 25 November 2015 - 11:30:50

copy right protection officers and police in plain dress not showing ID and search warrant, was this a set for a new mafia movie. kathu police chief say no. (and for sure it was not a extortion attempt who turned sour.)but still i get that funny smell of a mafia extortion under police protection, can't help it. on the other hand every station chief know time's changed. big brother PM Pra...

kangaloo | 25 November 2015 - 11:26:28

“The copyright protection officers that went to the Russian restaurant with Patong Police officers also reported at Kathu Police Station that they were prevented from performing their duty,” Col Chaiwat said.

Col Chaiwat did not elaborate on whether or not the report from the officers was filed before or after Ms Busarakam filed her complaint.

He also did not comment on why the officers ...

edward partridge | 25 November 2015 - 10:12:00

another comment ...this lady somehow managed to give her self a black eye,apparently ..quite a feat ,,this ,in the same week that the swedish ambassador has thrown his weight behind anti violence against women in thailand,backed up by the bangkok post. ingrained habits dont just disappear,and highly unlikely ,any changes in this ingrained behaviour ,centuries old 

Whos in Charge | 24 November 2015 - 21:49:46

Why are people being attacked and injured over music being played in a bar. Looking at the pictures of the incident it looks like a shake down by hired thugs who attacked the victim because she refused to be intimidated. If in fact these were policemen carrying out their duty, why was the victim not arrested and charged for whatever law she was allegedly breaking and let the judicial system run it...

jogi | 24 November 2015 - 20:44:03

Phuket New's should have voluntary workers with hidden camera's stationed all over the neuralgic places in phuket. a call number to call for assistance and a network for a call out of this volunteers. for positive stories the cameras would not have to be hidden. I would become a volunteer, specifically with hidden camera.was long ago police force member in a 3th world country and was fig...

jogi | 24 November 2015 - 19:43:23

GMM grammy ID's and other fake ID's get printed and laminated wile you wait. the iPhone video last it only 14 second then it was wrestled from the girl's hands. everybody, also the plain clothed police refused to show ID's. kathu police chief confirm: no police involved in the fight. there job was to cover up and not to prevent a fight. what a waste of time, and no extortion money ...

edward partridge | 24 November 2015 - 14:54:28

who the hell would go to patong .stand over cops,,mad security guards,one sided police officials, not to mention fake cops,jet skis,exhorbitant fares by taxis ,tuk tuks ,amazing beach regulations,dangerous para sailers  ad finitum .and a huge dislike for anything filmed for evidence. remember that aussie expat who was beaten up by those taxi yobs ,when he filmed a disturbance out side the taipan c...

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