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Phuket international school dodges charges for illegally hiring British teachers

Phuket international school dodges charges for illegally hiring British teachers

PHUKET: An international school in Rawai will not face any charges for illegally hiring two British teachers arrested at the school for working without a work permit, Chalong Police have confirmed.

By The Phuket News

Friday 15 January 2021, 11:48AM

Chalong Police Station. Photo: The Phuket News / file

Chalong Police Station. Photo: The Phuket News / file

“The case of the two foreign teachers working illegally has already been submitted to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, two weeks ago,” Chalong Police Chief Col Sarawut Chuprasit told The Phuket News.

Col Sarawut declined to give any more information regarding the two teachers arrested, both British nationals, arrested at the Palm House International School in a raid by Phuket Immigration officers acting on a tip-off on Nov 4 last year. The case, and the two foreigners arrested, were handed over to Chalong Police to process.

Chalong Police Chief Col Sarawut did confirm that Chalong Police were not pursuing any charges against the operator of the school for illegally hiring foreign workers.

“I have no reason to press any charge against the school at all. It is not right to accuse the school,” Col Sarawut said.

Col Sarawut declined to give any reason for not pursuing charges, especially considering that Chalong Police themselves are pursuing charges against the two British nationals who were arrested at the school.

“Let this issue be the prosecutor’s responsibility. Please go to ask the prosecutor,” he said.

The Phuket Provincial Public Prosecutor’s Office told The Phuket News today (Jan 15), “We are willing to give an update, but we need the police case number or the suspects’ names. Please go to ask the police for this information.”

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So far Chalong Police have refused to give any information that will allow further investigation into the case.

As recently as Monday this week (Jan 11), Capt Somkiet Sarasin of the Chalong Police, the leading investigator in the case, declined to explain any further details of the case, and declined to provide the names of the two foreigners arrested.

Chalong Police Col Sarawut told The Phuket News that he was unable to remember the foreigners’ names, or the case number. “Please ask Capt Somkiet,” he said.

Capt Somkiet has continued to decline to give that information.

Capt Somkiet on Nov 24 told The Phuket News that the investigation into the school “will take time”.


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Pascale | 19 January 2021 - 14:26:25

@Fascinated   "... they are part of the problem"  Yeah , and your hue and cry will probably solve the problem !   Lol  !

Kurt | 19 January 2021 - 09:59:07

Many Chalong police officers live openly beyond means. Who dares to do something about it, right? Guess it are their wives who own entertainment venues on Patak Road and surrounding? Calculate how much money one makes when there is no closing time to respect according the law of these places. Again, time for BKK anti corruption Dept to clean up a bit in RTP nest Chalong.

Fascinated | 18 January 2021 - 20:07:01

Rumour has it that this is the most expensive police station to buy into on the island. Pretty clear there is some substance to this. As for those that see nothing wrong with a cop driving a Merc on their wages  they are part of the problem. 

Pascale | 18 January 2021 - 16:46:31

Oh dear,Nasa12.  Don't you have anything better to do than checking out what kind of car your local police officer drive ? Jealous that he drives a better car than yours ? That's so pathetic.

Nasa12 | 18 January 2021 - 13:05:39

Well well some of these who work as police inside this station, must have a lot of money.  When one of them has bought the new Mercedes GLA 200 with red signs, we see him driving every day. New price 2.450.000 Bath. 

Kurt | 16 January 2021 - 11:41:59

The international school committed a crime. Col Sarawut stand is astonishing. If such a stand not give reason for a corruption investigation, than there is no hope for turning  Chalong police station into a integer Police organisation.

Kurt | 16 January 2021 - 10:43:48

Well, just the bar scene only around the corner of Chalong police station is already a big legal question mark. Oh, what happened to that police officer who killed a bar waitress at Patak Rd at 4.00 am years ago ? It is time a BKK anti corruption team turns Chalong police station inside-outside and do a fine clean up. Just this school case only justify that already .

goldwing | 16 January 2021 - 08:12:46

brown envelopes

Capricornball | 15 January 2021 - 19:02:07

From what I gather in this article, Police Chief Col Sarawut and his partner in crime, Capt Somkiet Sarasin, should both be investigated, and if found negligent in their duties...promptly sacked.  This whole thing just stinks of underhanded dirty work, and further degrades the integrity of the police, if that is even possible.

Mj | 15 January 2021 - 16:49:40

1M Baht in Fine

Mj | 15 January 2021 - 16:48:15

I really Do NOT understand the Thai Government about those kinds of issues.
They should give the school 1 M Baht for each illigal teacher they hire who are without Work Permit. They are responsible that all Staff have legal Documents
If the "Teachers also are Illegal (Overstay), Give them a Penalty and Deport them.
If the school does not get a heavy penalty, this will never end.


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