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12 November 2012 :: 17:11:36 pm 68413

Police Mocked for Thai Video About Krabi Rapist

Tourists have been canceling trips to Krabi after seeing an internet video “Evil Man from Krabi.” It was made by an enraged Dutch father, after his daughter was raped by a Krabi tour guide who was set free on bail. So the Krabi police posted a defensive video of their own. But foreign viewers flamed it for being in Thai and lacking English subtitles.
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About two weeks ago, a father from Holland made a video clip and posted it on YouTube, named “Evil man from Krabi.” His 19-year-old daughter, a model, had been beaten and raped on July 27 by a Krabi tour guide. The Thai suspect was arrested nearly two months later, and quickly freed on bail by the Krabi court.

The rap-style, disturbing video features the Dutch father, a songwriter and musician, walking around in the woods with a rifle. He says menacing things like, “put the Raperman from Krabi into jail.” As of Nov. 10, the video attracted more than 360,000 views, resulting in dozens, if not hundreds of tourists canceling their reservations to Krabi.

In response, Krabi officials and police attempted damage control by posting their own video, “The Truth From Krabi.” The video has explanations of the Thai justice system, while explaining the police functions separately from the courts. However, the video is broadcast in the Thai language without English subtitles, making it incomprehensible to foreigners.

On November 11, Pol. Maj. Gen. Nantadej Yoinuan, the commander of Krabi provincial police, spoke about the Thai video, “The Truth from Krabi,” which was posted in on YouTube by the police on November 10. The video is about 4 minutes and 30 seconds long.

The video features a Thai voiceover that explain the progress of the officers in handling the case from the July incident. The detective officer in the video reports that he gathered all the evidence, and asked the permission from Krabi provincial court to issue a warrant to arrest the criminal.

The suspect was arrested on September 20, 2012, and the police detained him and put him in jail. The police officers did their best, but the suspect asked to be released on bail, and was granted his release by the court. The police then promise on the video that they will update viewers on the status of the case.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Nantadej also said that the police made their video because the Dutch father of the victim had not seemed to understand Thai law. The police commander also knew that the laws of Netherland might be different, so the decision was made to make the Thai police video clip to build understanding for all tourists.

However the Krabi police clip has been flamed from many viewers, both Thai and foreigners, because there are no English subtitles. So foreigners cannot understand it. Some viewers also questioned the purpose of the Krabi authorities for making the video. Was it really to further understanding — or just making an excuse?

Adding more controversy was a recent suggestion by Thailand’s tourism minister that maybe it was not rape, because according to the police, the victim had eaten dinner with her accused rapist on the night of the incident.

Category : Thailand News

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