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Thai immigration officers involved in kidnapping Chinese man arrested

08:40 PM | 22 Mar, 2023
Thai immigration officers involved in kidnapping Chinese man arrested
Source: Photo by Erik Karits

BANGKOK - In another blow to the repute of famous tourist destination, four immigration officers of Thailand have been sacked allegedly for kidnapping and extorting foreigners. 

The immigration officers were arrested on Tuesday as they kidnapped and extorted a 62-year-old Chinese man and his translator who is 38-year-old Thai woman. 

It all began on March 10 when the victims returned home after the Chinese man’s visa renewal was rejected by the immigration office at the Government Complex in Chaeng Watthana.

When they arrived home, unknown men arrived in three cars to kidnap and demanded unspecified cryptocurrency worth up to THB2 million (US$66,000); however, in negotiations, the men agreed to receive THB1 million, Coconuts.co reported. 

The Thai woman believed that the Chinese man’s driver-friend might have been an accessory to the crime.

In a latest revelation, Thai deputy national police chief, Gen. Surachet Hakpal confirmed that both Chinese man and his translator were released after paying the sum but the kidnappers were identified as immigration officers. The police officer ordered their termination and called for their arrest on suspicion of extortion and malfeasance. 

The police officer did not name the officers involved in the crime but vowed to take the case to the logical end.

The investigators sprung into action as the translator filed a complaint at the Din Daeng Police Station. Mysteriously, the Chinese man has already left Thailand and has been unreachable, according to Surachet. 

Thailand attracts millions of tourists each year to its economic hub Bangkok as well as to its beaches located in Phuket and Pattaya. The country is known for its food, night life, entertainment and temples and welcomes tourists from across the world who don't face much hassle in getting visa of the country.

The country welcomed 11.15 million foreign visitors in 2022 and hopes to increase the number as the Covid restrictions have finally been lifted. For the ongoing year, the government is hoping to welcome 25 million international visitors; the country receives the biggest chunk of visitors from China and received as many as 40 million tourists from across the globe before the pandemic disrupted travel. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 21, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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