Thai immigration officers involved in kidnapping Chinese man arrested

Web Desk 08:40 PM | 22 Mar, 2023
Thai immigration officers involved in kidnapping Chinese man arrested
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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, 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. 

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USD to PKR: Pakistani rupee remains stable against dollar amid ongoing talks with IMF

KARACHI – Pakistani rupee, which is facing blows in the open market, remained stable against the US dollar, in the inter-bank market on Wednesday.

The local currency moved slightly upward during the opening hours of trading in the inter-bank market. Before noon, PKR was hovering around 285.22, with a slight increase of Rs0.13.

As the situation remained under control in the interbank market, the rupee hits a fresh record low in the open market and was selling at 315 per dollar.

In a recent development, the IMF mission chief shared positive news, confirming that talks are underway with Pakistani authorities. The resumption of the IMF programme remains important for the crisis-hit country.

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 31 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 232,300 on Wednesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs199,160.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Karachi PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Islamabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Peshawar PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Quetta PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sialkot PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Attock PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujranwala PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Jehlum PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Multan PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Bahawalpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujrat PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nawabshah PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Chakwal PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Hyderabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nowshehra PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sargodha PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Faisalabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Mirpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485


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