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Phuket Expat Living in Luxury Held for Murder, Money Laundering

Monday, July 30, 2012
PHUKET: A Phuket expat wanted for murder and international fraud was arrested in a special operation by 40 police on Phuket today.

About 20 Crime Suppression Division police from Bangkok joined local Phuket police in arresting Belgian Marc de Schutter at a house in southern Phuket about 1pm.

The arrest came at a luxurious home in a lane off Saiyuen Road, Rawai, where the alleged European lawbreaker had been living in style for 17 months with a 24-year-old Thai wife.

Documents, computers, notebooks and mobile telephones were taken by police who were headed to Bangkok tonight with their prize catch.

It is believed that Mr de Schutter will be presented to the media - local and international - in Thailand's capital tonight or tomorrow.

The Belgian Ambassador in Thailand has been in direct contact with the Commander of the Royal Thai Police.

Marc de Schutter, said to be Belgium's most wanted man, is accused of murder, laundering money in Thailand, and economic sabotage.

He is the latest in a series of international wanted men who have seen Thailand as a place where they can avoid detection.


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Immigration regulations make it as difficult as possible to remain in Thailand with a Thai wife and family, yet anyone over the age of 50 with 800K Baht in the bank can stay forever. Is it any wonder the country attracts people like this.

Posted by agogohome on July 31, 2012 09:35


With money you get all you want in Thailand and Immigration, local police and civil servants at large love those in trouble or illegal as they can make extra money.

Posted by Whistle-Blower on July 31, 2012 10:02

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