living in the ‘Land of Smiles’

Chiang Mai, Thailand

The amazing story of Benny Moafi

via: Chiang Mai Citylife magazine

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Benny Moafi has been a free man now for just nine months. He spent nine years, eight months, and two weeks in various Thai prisons for a crime he says he didn’t commit. He has an overwhelmingly large stock of evidence to prove his innocence and wrongful incarceration, all supported by lawyers, international human rights groups, and a faction of the Thai DSI (Department of Special Investigations). He has filed 207 legal cases and over 1,200 complaints against lawyers, the Royal Thai Police and the Department of Corrections, some of which he won, while others are pending, and he says he won’t stop until he has received justice and the perpetrators of his conviction have been exposed and charged.

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“I married a Thai girl in Sweden and we decided to come to Thailand to start a business,” says Benny, “I bought a house, a car, a motorbike, and a restaurant/bar which were all registered. I invested 3.5 million baht in Thailand. I had a company work permit and all the legal documentation.” In front of him are a stack of copies of work permits, visas, receipts, and legal cases, all supporting his various claims. The immigration police came to my bar and asked for payment,” says Benny, adding that the 6,000 (+/- 200USD) baht stipend paid each month to the police was an unofficial protection payment. “I REFUSED to PAY, I had all my papers,” he says. This refusal did not sit well with the police.”

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note: His story from here, belive it or not, becomes even MORE HORRIFIC.

http://www.chiangmainews.com/ecmn/viewfa.php?id=3145

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A popular saying in the U.S. is, ‘don’t do the crime, if you can’t do the time’.

In the developing world, like what happen to Mr. Moafi, you might end up doing the time, even IF . . .

Be careful, very very careful

 

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April 4, 2011 - Posted by | Chiang Mai - Citylife magazine, Uncategorized | , , , , ,

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