Pattaya Daily News

07 December 2012 :: 16:12:18 pm 69202

Iraqi Man Tries Extortion to Return Lost Phone

A 31-year-old Iraqi man was arrested by tourist police in Bangkok, after demanding 15,000 baht to return an Kuwaiti man’s lost iPhone, which he had forgotten in a taxicab. The suspect claimed he needed the cash to pay off the police, in order to get the Kuwaiti man’s lost phone returned to him.
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BANGKOK – December 7, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]: at 4 a.m., the arrest of an Iraqi man for theft and extortion with another person’s property was announced at a press conference by Pol. Maj. Col. Bowornpop Suntornleka, detective inspector police 2, division1, tourist police; and tourism police officers.

The suspect was identified as Mr. Ekali Siat Talek, 31 years old, nationality Iraqi, who is reportedly a refugee of the UN. He was arrested at the Huay Kwang market, in front of Dr. Somchai clinic in Dindang. Mr. Ekali is charged with stealing other people’s property and trying to extort money from the property owner. Police seized the evidence of a recovered iPhone 5 and 15,000 baht cash.

Pol. Maj. Col. Bowornpop said that on December 6, at 10:45 p.m., he received a report from the victim, Mr. Hamed Allashidi, 26 years old, nationality Kuwaiti, who said he had forgotten his iPhone 5 in a silver bronzeToyota taxi, but he could not remember the phone’s registration code.

Then he was informed by his Arabic friend, who had opened a luxury restaurant in Pattaya, that there was an Iraqi man who could find his lost phone, named Mr. Ekali. So Mr. Hamed called Mr. Ekali, who said to give him time to locate the phone, and he would call back. A short while later, the Iraqi called back and said that he found the phone.

But he told Mr. Hamed that he would have to pay him some cash if he wanted his phone back. Mr. Ekali said he needed 15,000 baht, in order to bribe the police to get his phone back. So Mr. Ekali asked Mr. Hamed again if he still wanted his phone back or not, and if he didn’t, it was OK.

So after informing the police about the extortion attempt, Mr. Hamed then made an appointment with Mr. Ekali to meet in Huaykwang, in front of the Dr. Somchai clinic in Dingdang.

When he got to the meeting place, Mr. Hamed saw that Mr. Ekali was accompanied by Ms. Tharntip Kongsa, his 25-year-old girlfriend. So as the two men negotiated to return the iPhone for the cash, Mr. Hamed was recording their conversation, before the police showed themselves to arrest Mr. Ekali.

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