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    German arrested for forest encroachment

    A German national has been arrested for forest encroachment and illegal land development in Hua Hin district.


    A team of police and local officials were tipped off about the encroachment in a village in tambon Khao Hin Lek Fai in Hua Hin. The area in question is located in a gorge.

    When the authorities arrived at the site, they found Rutger Zabler, 46, was supervising the construction and digging by five to six workers. Police said the German refused to answer their questions and used a lengthy chain to fence off the area in a bid to stop them from entering it. The man scuffled with police for a while before being led away to Hua Hin police station.

    Mr Zabler protested his innocence and showed police four land title deeds, claiming he owned 56 rai of land, including plots in mountainous areas.
    However, an examination by police disproved his claim, showing that he only had 30 rai.

    Police charged him with forest encroachment and illegal construction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    However, an examination by police disproved his claim, showing that he only had 30 rai.
    He only had 30 rai. Wonder how he managed that.

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    The guy is out in the sticks and still being watched.

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    Looks like theres a crackdown on foreigners and construction gathering pace, seen a few of these cases in the past week or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    A German national has been arrested for forest encroachment and illegal land development in Hua Hin district.
    Illegal development yes; it have become commonplace for developers to build and worry about the building permits later - or in some cases leave it to the buyers to worry about the building permits. But I will have to try and find the 'forest' in that area as it is mostly scrub as far as I can see.
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    I reckon Noony will be next. Especially after I dob him in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly View Post
    When the authorities arrived at the site, they found Rutger Zabler, 46, was supervising the construction and digging by five to six workers.
    By supervising, do they mean he was sitting on a reed mat drinking Carlsberg and getting a foot massage from his wife? I might have been guilty of this at some point.

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    wonder what kinda punishment he will recieve? serves hm right if you ask me

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