Crackdown Expands to Expel Foreign Criminals

The popular Khao San Rd in Bangkok

Tourists walking on the popular Khao San Road in Bangkok.

The head of Thailand Immigration Lt. General Wuthi Liptapanlop Says Special Unit Formed to Hunt for Foreign Criminals in Thailand. At a special, high-level police conference held at a Jomtien Hotel on Soi 12 Friday and Saturday Police Lt. General Wuthi Liptapanlop announced the formation of a special unit called the National Criminal Center to catch foreigners wanted for crimes. He spoke in English to representatives of foreign embassies and police organizations stationed in Bangkok about how to all work together to catch foreign criminals.

In an exclusive interview with the Pattaya Times newspaper a US Marshal based at the US Embassy in Bangkok, reported, “When we issue a criminal warrant for crime committed in the US and we know the suspect fled the jurisdiction, first we look in Las Vegas, USA. Then we look in Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya Thailand. These are the easiest places to catch them given the manpower. We need to coordinate resources with the Thais and share information to apprehend more fugitives escaping to Thailand. The updated Thai Immigration database and Thai investigators’ information sharing among Thai special units are essential to our joint success.”


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