living in the ‘Land of Smiles’

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thailand – Santa busted!

Via: Brisbane Times

A 93-year-old Australian man attempted to escape charges that he raped four  young Thai sisters by fleeing illegally into Burma, Thai police say.

But instead of being taken to Burma’s largest city, Rangoon,  and deported to  Australia, Karl Joseph ‘Santa’ Kraus, a former railway worker, was escorted by Burmese  police and officials back across the  border into the hands of Thai police.

Looking frail and dishevelled, Mr Kraus pleaded to be returned to Burma where  he had been staying illegally for about a month after skipping bail on Thai  charges of rape and sexual abuse.

”Where am I? Take me back to Burma. I want to go. You are illegal. My  embassy should be here,” he pleaded with Thai officials late on Friday at the  Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge near the northern Thai city of Chiangmai.

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When asked what he had been doing in Burma, Mr Kraus replied: ”Mostly in  jail.”

Sitting in a border office surrounded by Thai and Burmese officials, Mr Kraus said: ”I am 93 years old and you treat me like this … it is so illegal.

”The embassy man should be here. Why do you like this?”

A Burmese official, who declined to give his name, said Mr Kraus entered  Burma by illegally crossing a river and travelled to the Karen state capital of  Pa-an where he rented a room for several weeks until his arrest on July 24.

Burmese authorities discovered he had entered Burma illegally when they  checked his travel documents.

The charges against Santa are among the most serious Thai police have  investigated in recent years.

Police allege one of four under-age sisters he lured to his house with  promises of imported chocolates and English lessons was aged FIVE when alleged  abuses began.

Police allege they seized more than 100 photographs of naked children,  including some with him posing with them.

Police say Mr. Kraus gave the children money.

They allege he emailed some pictures overseas, suggesting he was part of an international paedophilia network, which police are investigating.

The  girls’ parents told police they learnt of the alleged abuse when they  asked the girls what was wrong because they had lost interest in playing  outside.

Police say Mr Kraus approached the girls’ family in 2008 with an offer to  teach the sisters English.

He has been a frequent long-stay visitor in Thailand for more than a  decade.

Santa claims he was the victim of an extortion attempt by Thai  authorities, who levelled bogus charges against him. His family in Australia say  he has been denied access to medicine and proper care while facing the charges,  which were laid in June 2010.

They say that, while Mr Kraus was in custody, it was made clear to him the  charges would be dropped if he paid the equivalent of $14,175 to several  parties, including Thai officials.

Berlin-born Mr Kraus has been an Australian citizen for decades.

A new judge was recently appointed to hear the charges against Mr Kraus,  meaning his trial will probably not be heard for months.

Neighbours say that, until recently, Mr Kraus drove a car and appeared  spritely, but he has appeared in a wheelchair at his most recent court  appearances.

Thai police colonel Apichart Hathsin, who has investigated Mr Kraus since  2010, warned that the opening of Burma to outsiders was attracting foreign  criminals.

He also called for an increase in bail for Thai suspects. ”In most cases of  foreign paedophiles escaping conviction, they usually post bail and then make a  run for it, out of the country,” Colonel Hathsin said.

” I think it would be a good idea to increase the amount of bail to  correspond with the suspect’s original country. Otherwise, they will be able to  afford the bail and then escape.”

Read more, HERE:

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/accused-child-abuser-93-caught-fleeing-into-burma-20120804-23ma8.html#ixzz22e0NZuh3

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personal thought:

I would like to see, NOT ONLY in Thailand; but NO BAIL for pedophiles, PERIOD.

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August 5, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. What a disgusting, hideous creep and I absolutely agree with you on your personal thought

    ‘I would like to see, NOT ONLY in Thailand; but NO BAIL for pedophiles, PERIOD.’ –

    I don’t normally get worked up about things but paedophiles are amongst the worst. I was almost raped when I was 10 yrs old whilst on a train. Fortunately I have a loud scream and a good bite…..however, I’ve never forgotten my terror and fear especially since he said he’d find me and kill me if I ever told anyone.

    Comment by Lottie Nevin | August 5, 2012 | Reply


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