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28 May 2009 :: 14:05:24 pm 9124

Pattaya Immigration Police Arrest Brit Fugitive Cigarette Smuggler

A British cigarette smuggler was arrested by the Pattaya Immigration Police on 27 May 2009 after Interpol had asked for their co-operation in apprehending the man. He was found to be in possession of a false passport, masquerading under a bogus name and nationality, as well as having entered Thailand illegally. He will be sent back to the UK for prosecution.
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At 5.30 pm, on 27 May, Pol. Col. Arnonnat Kamonrat, a Pattaya Immigration Investigator and his official team arrested Mr. Patrick Keeley, [50], a British national at his house, in Grand Park Village, Nong Prue. The police were in the possession of an arrest warrant issued by the Pattaya court, indicating he had been charged with smuggling two containers of cigarette into the UK. The original charge was made in an English court in 2005, the accused having fled the UK to seek refuge in Thailand.

Pol. Col. Arnonnat announced to the press that Pattaya Immigration Police had been contacted by the Thai branch of Interpol on behalf of the UK branch, asking for their co-operation to arrest Keeley after learning that he had been living in Pattaya for 4 years.

During the arrest, Keeley showed police a fake Irish passport with a different photo, due to expire on 19 July, 2009; indicating that he was masquerading under a false name with a bogus nationality; his real name is apparently Royston Jones.

 

Initially, Keeley will be charged with entering Thailand illegally on a bogus passport in a false name, after which he will be sent back to the UK for prosecution.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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