Pattaya Daily News

17 August 2010 :: 17:08:10 pm 35564

Pattaya Police Target Belgian National in Work Permit Raid

A Belgian national has been arrested by Pattaya Police on Tuesday morning after being found “managing” a bar in Soi Buakhao without the required paperwork. The establishment is registered in the name of offender’s Thai wife.
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Pattaya, the 17th of August 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At approximately 1:00am on Tuesday, Colonel Athiswit Kamonrat (Chon-Buri Immigration Superintendent) conducted a raid on the “Dre’s Bar” in Soi Buakhao, Central Pattaya. The raid was instigated after investigating officers had observed the premises being managed and operated by a foreign national.

Lead officer, Col. Kamonrat revealed the arrest of Mr. Andre Verdoodt [58], who had been observed serving drinks, managing staff and generally “entertaining” customer’s needs. Mr. Verdoodt was detained and a search conducted after he failed to provide a valid work permit. He did however have a valid Belgian passport, Thai visa and bar license registered in his Thai wife’s name.

Under interrogation, Mr. Verdoodt denied being the bar manager or performing the duties that he was accused of, while stating that his wife, Mrs Chabaprai Inchiya [38], is the owner and operator of the establishment, as it is stated on all relevant paperwork.

Officers searching the premises for evidence linking Mr. Verdoodt to the operations of the bar, uncovered a receipt from an alcohol distribution company, referencing Mr. Verdoodt’s mobile phone as the contact. Mr. Verdoodt continued to deny being involved with the managing of the premises, but was arrested for further investigations and taken to the Pattaya Police Station.

Editor’s note: Assuming that Mr. Verdoodt is the financier of the bar, this case stands as a prime example of how a seemingly innocent foreigner can be caught up in an Immigration nightmare for merely being in a bar “owned” my his Thai wife, let alone entertaining friends on the premises.

Despite this case being fairly minor, with Mr. Verdoodt and his wife having all the relevant paperwork for both the bar and its operations, Mr. Verdoodt will still face a tough time from Pattaya Police over the incident and a possible day in court. Unless of course the matter is solved by, other means or “dismissed” by the authorities.

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

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