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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Phuket – 73 taxi drivers arrested antti-mafia drive

Via: Phuket News

Charges against them included conspiracy to extort, criminal association, uttering threats and putting people in fear of danger to life, freedom, reputation and possession.

The Mayor of Karon, Tawee Thongcham, also surrendered to police to answer charges of collusion with the “mafia” taxi drivers.

The 73 were among 108 for whom arrest warrants were issued. The warrants were based on complaints that the taxi drivers had threatened businesses, extorted money from tour company drivers and threatened them with weapons such as pieces of wood or guns, blocked hotel entrances, and forced tourists to get out of minibuses that arrived to collect them for tours.

At Phuket Police HQ today Pol Lt Gen Panya Mamen, Commissioner of Police Region 8 in Surat Thani, together with his deputy, Pol Maj Gen Paween Pongsirin, Maj Gen Peerapol Wiriyakul from Royal Thai Army Region 4 in Nakhon Sri Thammarat and Governor Maitri Inthusut explained to journalists why the crackdown had been carried out.

Gen Panya explained, “Realising the problem about mafia taxi drivers disgracing the image of Phuket, I set up a team led by Gen Paween and Pol Maj Gen Weerasak Meenawanich from Region 8 to investigate and collect evidences.

“More than a thousand police officers, soldiers and local authority officials have been working on this. “The plan was launched on January 30 this year; we have spent about three months now working on this problem.” It was explained that, of the 287 taxi stands in Phuket, 70 were found to be involved in “mafia” behaviour. “We have issued 111 arrest warrants to those people and now we have arrested 73 of them on 76 allegations,” Gen Panya said. –

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personal thought:

I know it’s still early, but it looks like the military is doing some very good things: 1) paid the rice farmers, 2) scrapped the graft filled high speed train scheme, and 3) and are making a good start at cleaning up the Phuket taxi-mafia.

long live the military!




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