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    Wanted New Zealander Arrested in Phuket After 15 Year Absence

    A wanted New Zealander was arrested at Phuket International Airport after he escaped from Thailand 15 years ago and decided to risk returning.

    The Phuket Immigration Department released more details of the case on Thursday (October 26th). The suspect was later identified only as Mr. Freeman, 40, a New Zealand national. He arrived at Phuket International Airport in the international terminal from Singapore.


    Freeman was temporarily released after the Pattaya Provincial Court issued an order giving him bail 15 years ago, in roughly 2008. The court order had stipulated that he was banned from exiting the country. He was accused of illegal possession of Category 1 drugs.


    Phuket Immigration noted that there is no detail in the biometric system that Freeman had exited from the country and is believed to have illegally crossed a natural land border and fled in or around 2008.


    It is believed Freeman thought that as so much time had passed since the incident that he could return under a fresh passport and not be denied entry, however, Phuket Immigration took him into custody for both the prior charges and for evidently fleeing the country while on bail.

    UPDATE: Wanted New Zealander Arrested in Phuket After 15 Year Absence, Had Drug Charges from Pattaya - The Pattaya News

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    I believe Mr Freeman has progressed to the "Find Out" phase.

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    Regressed to the fkin idiot phase, more like.

    One born every minute.

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    It's amazing how many people think changing a passport is like a whole new identity.

    Dumbarses.

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    Antipodeans are not the sharpest tools in the box, are they.

    Sure, you can get a new passport but the trick is, get one in a different identity and if you are entering a country using biometric controls at the border port, don’t bother if you entered previously after their introduction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    Sure, you can get a new passport but the trick is, get one in a different identity.
    No flies on you, sassy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    Antipodeans are not the sharpest tools in the box, are they.

    err... Irish intelligence V Antipodeans

    Irish Nobel prize winners in science and medicine 2

    Australian Nobel prize winners in science and medicine 13

    New Zealand Nobel prize winners in science and medicine 3

    Final score: Antipodeans 16 Irish 2

    I rest my case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    It is believed Freeman thought that as so much time had passed since the incident that he could return under a fresh passport and not be denied entry

    Movie starts...



    Mr Freeman: "It's been a long time, new passport, she'll be right."

    Morgan Freeman narrates: "But everything would not be alright."

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    Haha. Reckon he is well fucked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWilly View Post
    Haha. Reckon he is well fucked.
    Depends how much money he's got.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Depends how much money he's got.
    Every time someone gets nicked you say this. Its simply not true in a large number of cases, especially when it makes headline news around the world.

    If he had flashed a very large sum of money right then and there when being taken in, yes it might well be possible, but now, no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Cow View Post
    err... Irish intelligence V Antipodeans

    Irish Nobel prize winners in science and medicine 2

    Australian Nobel prize winners in science and medicine 13

    New Zealand Nobel prize winners in science and medicine 3

    Final score: Antipodeans 16 Irish 2

    I rest my case.
    Donít be fucking stupid, they were mostly immigrants or born to immigrants as foreign citizens, or British.

    You're shit at rugby too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    No flies on you, sassy.
    Is that what you did gent.?When the gig was up? Moved to wongamat. No ones ever heard of it . A good little hideaway for serial bullshitters

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    Isn't there a statute of limitations on certain crimes, or does that only apply to Red Bull families?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pickel View Post
    Isn't there a statute of limitations on certain crimes, or does that only apply to Red Bull families?

    Sounds like it doesn’t apply to nasty foreigners.

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    To be fair, itís not easy to tell who is the guilty bastard as no one is pointing. And most unusually the paper has blacked out his face, so perhaps he is not guilty/slash might have
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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Every time someone gets nicked you say this. Its simply not true in a large number of cases, especially when it makes headline news around the world.

    If he had flashed a very large sum of money right then and there when being taken in, yes it might well be possible, but now, no.
    And if he flashes an even larger sum of money once this minor case is out of the public eye, he will be on his way.

    But, as I said, "depends how much money he's got".

    Unless you've suddenly started believing the BiB are not as bent as a 90 baht note.
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    The form in these cases is that once the initial story has receded from public scrutiny, the punter can get bail in return for a suitable consideration, of course, and then it is open to him to leave the jurisdiction by whatever means, again this can be negotiated in return for aforesaid suitable consideration.

    This is Thailand and negotiation is the key.

    If one political party can steal an entire election, appoint an ex-convict heroin drug smuggler as a minister of state and permit the consumption of recreational drugs on a pandemic level without any meaningful regulatory controls, I rather think a stale trivial offence won’t prove too much of an obstacle to freedom. But he is a farang, and maintaining their hypocrisy might prove too useful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    in the biometric system
    How many people are naÔve enough to believe the cheap Chinese USB print scanner data is still in a usable form ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    The form in these cases is that once the initial story has receded from public scrutiny, the punter can get bail in return for a suitable consideration, of course, and then it is open to him to leave the jurisdiction by whatever means, again this can be negotiated in return for aforesaid suitable consideration.
    Yep.

    And the story is well and truly buried as far as the media are concerned.

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    Is there an ATM inside Thai prison? If not ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    The form in these cases is that once the initial story has receded from public scrutiny, the punter can get bail in return for a suitable consideration, of course, and then it is open to him to leave the jurisdiction by whatever means, again this can be negotiated in return for aforesaid suitable consideration.

    This is Thailand and negotiation is the key.

    If one political party can steal an entire election, appoint an ex-convict heroin drug smuggler as a minister of state and permit the consumption of recreational drugs on a pandemic level without any meaningful regulatory controls, I rather think a stale trivial offence won’t prove too much of an obstacle to freedom. But he is a farang, and maintaining their hypocrisy might prove too useful.
    I seem to recall some eurotrash chap killing his Thai girlfriend and being in jail on remand, Phuket I think it was. And then he suddenly popped up in some non-extradition country thumbing his nose after using his largeish wad of available cash and some property deeds to grease the appropriate palms.

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    The story of this woman (Mandy Sears) on a dive course is ridiculous enough to be true.

    'All diving instructors are working illegally because to be legal you must put an address, and there is no address for the sea'.



    http://https://www.quora.com/How-easy-is-it-to-bribe-the-police-in-Thailand





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    The "expert" advice...

    5) Avoid going to tourist spot if you can help it. If you must go follow the points above. There will always be a minority of black sheep police who catches tourist to extort them. Ask yourself where these police would go to hunt for tourist to extort? Who would they pick to extort?

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    Yeah, easy to spot the Singaporean.

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