Immigration to review Swiss man's visa

Fehr and his wife speak to authorities (Photo by Achadthaya Chuenniran)
Fehr and his wife speak to authorities (Photo by Achadthaya Chuenniran)

Immigration police will review the visa of a Swiss national at the centre of an assault case in Phuket, said deputy Phuket governor Adul Chuthong.

Mr Adul said Urs Fehr, also known as David, has a visa that is set to expire on March 13. The Swiss man operates a number of businesses in Thailand and has a registered foundation under his name.

Mr Fehr came under scrutiny after he was reported by 26-year-old Thandao Chandam, a doctor at Dibuk Hospital, for assault after he kicked her and her friend in their backs as they sat on the beach in front of the villa rented by him on Feb 24.

He claimed the pair were trespassing on his property, but an investigation found the steps were built on public land.

Mr Adul said Mr Fehr had been given 30 days to remove them.

If he does not, local authorities will remove them and charge him the cost of the work, he said.

Mr Fehr has been charged with assault, but the incident has led to calls for a thorough investigation into his property and businesses.

Meanwhile, the Phuket Times on Monday posted a message on social media from Dr Thandao, who thanked the public for giving her support.

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  • assault: to attack someone violently - ทำร้ายร่างกาย
  • expire: to come to an end or stop being in use - หมดอายุ
  • foundation: an organisation that provides money for things such as medical research or for a charity - มูลนิธิ
  • immigration: dealing with people entering and leaving the country - การตรวจคนเข้าเมือง
  • investigation: the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something - การสอบสวน
  • operate: to carry out an activity like running a business - ดำเนินการ
  • review: to carefully examine or consider something - ตรวจสอบ
  • scrutiny: careful and thorough examination - การตรวจสอบอย่างละเอียด
  • step: a surface that you put your foot on in order to walk to a higher or lower level, especially one of a series - ขั้นบันได
  • support: to give help, encouragement or sympathy to somebody - สนับสนุน, เป็นกำลังใจ
  • trespass: to go onto someone's land or enter their building without permission - บุกรุก,รุกล้ำ
  • villa: a house usually in the countryside or near the sea - บ้านพักตากอากาศ, บ้านพักของเศรษฐีในชนบท
  • visa: an official document or mark in your passport that allows you to enter or leave a country for a specific purpose or period of time - วีซ่า, เอกสารอนุมัติที่ประทับตราบนหนังสือเดินทาง
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