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20 February 2010 :: 12:02:17 pm 13635

Pattaya Police Request Warrant For NZ Nationals Arrest

A warrant will now be issued by Pattaya Court on Monday for the arrest of Mr. Robert Malcolm McInnes (AKA ‘Sifu’). Mr. McInnes was detained on Thursday in possession of a small arsenal of firearms and ammunition which he was subsequently unable to provide a valid permit for.
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Pattaya, the 19th of February 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Mr. McInnes is the founder of the ISS Business Group which is responsible for the establishment of many property developments in Pattaya, primarily located around the Pratamnak Hill area. Mr. McInnes is a ‘Grandmaster’ of Sir Gee Dorr Kung Fu, reportedly having trained the Thai police and military for many years, although; given his capacity as a hand-to-hand combat instructor he is believed to have never been issued with a Thai firearms permit.

Mr. McInnes was arrested on Thursday after a tip-off revealed that he was in possession of various automatic firearms and ammunitions which were located inside his bright yellow Hummer vehicle, also clearly marked with SWAT and Royal Thai Police decals. Following the arrest the proceeding investigation revealed that Mr. McInnes was officially employed as a Thai police martial arts instructor. He was released however; pending further investigations into his right to carry firearms in public. Police have also confiscated his 4 other cars, all branded in the Thai Police decals and the various other weapons and ammunition that were discovered.

Investigations between the Pattaya Police and Immigration police – who were responsible for Mr. McInnes initial arrest – have determined that he was not in fact working with the Pattaya police at present, although, he had been previously. No record of a firearms permit has ever been recorded in his name. As a result Police Lieutenant Colonel Poomipat Narmpoosta (Pattaya Police Investigator) has subsequently applied to the Pattaya Local Court for an arrest warrant to be issued. However, it is believed that Mr. McInnes has already been in contact with police after he failed to report to the station on the 19th of February as was requested upon his initial release. It is believed that he will now report to the Pattaya Police Station on Monday the 22nd of February before the warrant is due to be served.

Mr. McInnes is a well-known personality around Pattaya, as both a martial arts instructor and property developer; although in recent times his credibility has been questioned, stemming for a mysterious fire that was allegedly started by two Thai youths in his View Talay Village mansion in 2007. Investigations into the incident uncovered no leads with over 16 security personnel on duty reporting no unauthorised people in the area around the house on the night of the incident.

His affiliation with demoted former Pattaya Police Superintendant Colonel Noppadol Wongnorm is believed to have brought him to the attention of the new superintendant Colonel Nunthawut Suwanla-ong. Prior to his demotion Col. Wongnorm had enlisted Mr. McInnes services for the purpose of training a 13 man strong “Pattaya Police Commando Unit” specialising in counter terrorist, stealth and tactical operations who were even featured on the hit television series “Trouble in Tourist Thailand.” The training for this tactical taskforce is believed to have been cancelled after Col. Wongnorm had been relocated to the Chon-Buri headquarters.

Note: What we know about Mr. McInnes and what we don’t:

1. He was unquestionably a trainer with the Thai military and police in Bangkok as well as working with a select group of police from Pattaya under the former Colonel Noppadol Wongnorm’s administration. However, the recently appointed Pattaya Superintendant Colonel Nunthawut Suwanla-ong has written a letter to the Immigration denying this affiliation. This brings into question the association between Colonel Wongnorm and Mr. McInnes as well as the current administrations motives for his arrest.

2. Mr. McInnes was arrested in possession of a small arsenal of firearms and had never been issued with a license. The expired ID card issued by col. Wongnorm should have been confiscated nearly two years ago when the colonel first left Pattaya for the Chon-Buri superintendants position. Surely various members of the previous police administration must have been aware of Mr. McInnes possession of such a substantial amount of weapons, why wasn’t anything done previously if the case is being taken so seriously now?

3. Why was the date of birth 10 years different on his ID cards from that of his New Zealand passport? Why did he not correct the issuers of the ID cards when they aged him by 10 years? Is the New Zealand passport a counterfeit?

4. This bust is apparently in relation to the recently enacted police crackdown on foreign criminals, fugitives and illegal immigrants in Thailand. If this is the case we will be expecting to see a multitude of similar arrests made over the coming weeks.

Warina Punyawan (Editor-in-Chief) – editor@pattayadailynews

Related News:

NZ National & Pattaya Icon Detained on Weapons Violations

A New Zealand national has been arrested in Pattaya for impersonating a SWAT police officer and carrying live automatic firearms in public. Upon his arrest he was in possession of a large cache of automatic weapons and ammunition.

Region 2 Police Fight for the Key Command Post Around Pattaya

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Reporter : Kong Siptis   Photo : Kong Siptis   Category : Crime News

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