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Arrests have been made today by Kathu Director  Veera Kerdsirimongkol

Phuket Raiders Nab Workers, Trucks at Suspect Phuket Site

Saturday, May 11, 2013
PHUKET: Raiders arrested six people and impounded trucks and a grader when they paid a surprise visit today to a piece of real estate being developed illegally above a popular Phuket beach.

The raid, led by the Director of Kathu District, Veera Kerdsirimongkol, appears to indicate that he at least is serious about clamping down on developers who breach the law.

Khun Veera led today's raid at 3pm and his team of 20 officials nabbed the people and trucks as they worked at levelling the steep property.

The three rai stretch of real estate, which has views over Phuket's west coast and hangs high above Phuket's popular Laem Singh beach, is in a five-star part of Phuket.

The site, with spectacular views, would be worth hundreds of millions of baht.

A resort would seem to be what the construction work is aimed towards. Graders have been spotted and trucks have been seen heading up the steep road but arrests at illegal sites are unusual on Phuket.

Earlier today a Phuketwan reader provided useful information in a comment on a previous report: ''This issue seems to have been 'resolved'- construction wagons headed up the hill again and about to ruin yet another Phuket vista.''

A letter from a local to the office of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra alleged collusion by local officials in allowing development in a protected area, and of a vital drainage canal being covered in.

Vice Governor Somkiet Sangkaosutthirak visited the site with local mayors - the property sits on the border between Cherng Talay and Kamala - in March.

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Now could somebody start cleaning up the intrusions in the Srinath National Park please and the beach incursions by restaurants in Nai Thon?

Posted by DuncanB on May 11, 2013 23:16

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Director Kerdsirimongkol seems to be along with transport director Prasertphol the only officials on this island with the stones as we say in the west to take on the crooks and bent officials who unlike these good Thai men are a disgrace to the offices they hold and the poor people they have sworn to serve.
Keep up the good work gentlemen lets hope Director Kerdsirimongkol your work sees those in charge of this crime against Thailand locked up for their part in this rather than their feeble worker ants.

Posted by Scunner on May 12, 2013 02:23

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im not sure arresting heavy machinery operators is the right people whom may have no knowledge of dodgy land deals
there arrested the monkeys when they they really need to arrest the organ grinders?

Posted by slickmelb on May 12, 2013 04:19

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I'm very sure slickmelb that there is a good chance the owner of the machinery is part of the syndicate involved with the development.

Posted by coxo on May 12, 2013 16:19

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@coxo a most constructive comment (no pun intended) likely your are correct
id put money on it your correct but in a court of law you need to be certain its called proof and evidence of guilt to then its allegations.

Posted by slickmelb on May 13, 2013 23:21


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