36 foreigners detained in coordinated raids

36 foreigners detained in coordinated raids

Tourist Police Bureau deputy chief Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, centre, leads a team of police and officers from other agencies in a raid on an entertainment venue in Bangkok in the early hours of Thursday. (Photo taken from @1155TPB Tourist Police Bureau Facebook page)
Tourist Police Bureau deputy chief Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, centre, leads a team of police and officers from other agencies in a raid on an entertainment venue in Bangkok in the early hours of Thursday. (Photo taken from @1155TPB Tourist Police Bureau Facebook page)

Thirty-six foreign nationals and one Thai were detained during Tourist Police-led raids on 104 locations across the country in the early hours of Thursday.

Teams of police and officers from several other agencies searched pre-selected places in Bangkok and popular tourist spots like Phuket, Pattaya in Chon Buri, Hat Yai in Songkhla and Chiang Mai.

They targeted people at 12 international schools, 9 language schools, 27 secondary schools, and 56 other places.

Tourist Police Bureau deputy chief  Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn said 36 foreigners and one Thai national were detained.

Six of the suspects (from Switzerland, Russia, Senegal, India, Vietnam and Cote d’Ivoire) were charged with overstaying their visas, 27 (one from Algeria, six from India, 7 from Myanmar, 9  from Laos and 4 from Cambodia), were charged with illegal entry, and the four others (2 from Myanmar and one each from India and Thailand ) were charged with other offences, according to the Tourist Police Bureau’s Facebook page.

Pol Maj Gen Surachate said the raids were the 11th phase of operation X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner, which was intended to sweep out foreign criminals who entered the country to commit crime.

There were at present several sophisticated methods for foreigners to enter the country to avoid arrest overseas. These included getting married to a Thai, and getting a student visa to attend international schools.

The tourist police deputy chief said the immigration law would be enforced against undesirable foreigners. Their visas would be revoked and they would be put on a police blacklist before being deported back to their home country.

X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner involves the Narcotics Suppression Bureau, the Central Investigation Bureau, the Immigration Bureau, the Tourist Police Bureau, the Patrol and Special Operation Division and local police.

To date, 1,161 foreign suspects have been arrested at 3,474 locations across the country.


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