French 'religious leader' arrested on Koh Phangan

A French national who allegedly claimed to be a religious leader was arrested on Koh Phangan on Sunday and charged with overstaying his visa, police said.

Evariste Douabou Koudoukouho, 39, was detained outside a mosque in Ban Tai by tourist police. They were looking into a complaint about a foreigner staying near the mosque who was claiming to be a religious leader and asking people to join religious activities being held there.

After seeing the man, police asked to see his passport and found that he entered the country on a 30-day tourist visa, which expired more than three months ago.

The man was charged with overstaying his visa and handed over to police at Koh Phangan station.


  • claim: to say that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it - อ้าง
  • complaint: when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory - การร้องเรียน
  • detained: kept in a place and not allowed to leave - กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง
  • expire: to come to an end or stop being in use - หมดอายุ
  • leader: the person in charge of a group of people; who manages them and "leads" them in doing some activity - ผู้นำ
  • mosque: a building in which Muslims worship - มัสยิด, สุเหร่า
  • overstay: stay in a country for longer than you are allowed to stay, not leaving when your visa to stay in the country ends -
  • religious (adj.): relating to religion, or to the beliefs and practices of a particular religion - เกี่ยวกับศาสนา
  • 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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