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BANGKOK 17 October 2018 07:04
foreigner891

Police issue an arrest warrant for me.... advice?

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I'm hoping that sharing my story could help me find a solution.

 

- Background
I worked & lived in Thailand for about nine years without any problems, paid my taxes, had a working permit and visa. Last years I decided to move back to my home country Canada, visit Thailand now and then.

 

- The Event
I sold 30,000 THB wort of Bitcoins online and accepted the payment by Bank Transfer in Thailand. I kept a complete record of the transaction, and the buyer sent me is id card with a small written contract.

- The Claim
A Thai man claims his account was used for 
19 illegal transactions, 2 of which were with me.

 

- The Police
Asked my bank to froze all the money in my account. 
(More than 30,000THB)

Do not speak English and refused to communicate with two different Thai freelancers that I hired to facilitate the communication and translate my evidence.

Request me to request an appointment with them to a specific Bangkok police station to give my evidence and version of the story.

 

- The Tourist Police
During three weeks of communications by "line messaging app." I was able to get some updates on the case, but their legal power is limited and can't help me because this has to be resolved with "the local police."

 

- Last Update
I offered to refund the 30,000 THB, but the police officials insist that I come to their police station in Bangkok to give my deposition and evidence in person. 

I work and live in Canada, traveling to Thailand to meet a police officer that does not speak English to give them evidence that he already has but refused the review because they were not given to him "in person.".

The police decided to issue an arrest warrant for me.

 

- Going to Thailand?
I'm afraid that it will cost me thousands of dollars in lawyers, attorneys and translator to prove my innocence. I could be forced to stay in Jail or "flight ban" during the complete police investigation.

Any pieces of advice?
 

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The local po

8 minutes ago, Kwasaki said:

If it was 3,000,000 probably worth getting it cleared up.

 

I would write and ask them to send a letter of the deposition for you to answer and return by letter, saying it is unreasonable and inequitable of the Thai police to request you come to Thailand in person for this alleged misdemeanor.

In your opinion you unknowingly didn't do anything wrong and in your opinion your being conned by undertaking a simple transaction.

You can check if you will be allowed back into Thailand should you want to later.

 

I already did this with two different Thai freelancer and a translator from the Thai Police Tourist.

 

Only a statement and evidence delivered in person (with a translator) will be accepted by the Thai Police.

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17 minutes ago, foreigner891 said:

The local po

 

I already did this with two different Thai freelancer and a translator from the Thai Police Tourist.

 

Only a statement and evidence delivered in person (with a translator) will be accepted by the Thai Police.

You did this in writing already? And also received a reply in writing?

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35 minutes ago, Kwasaki said:

If it was 3,000,000 probably worth getting it cleared up.

 

I would write and ask them to send a letter of the deposition for you to answer and return by letter, saying it is unreasonable and inequitable of the Thai police to request you come to Thailand in person for this alleged misdemeanor.

In your opinion you unknowingly didn't do anything wrong and in your opinion your being conned by undertaking a simple transaction.

You can check if you will be allowed back into Thailand should you want to later.

This is a good idea in principle and would probably be accepted as reasonable in the jurisdictions of developed countries, but I am not sure the Thais would see it that way.  Even if this is possible, all communications would have to be in Thai and you'd need a Thai lawyer or someone very familiar with the system to advise how things work and what the ramifications of it all are.

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27 minutes ago, foreigner891 said:

The local po

 

I already did this with two different Thai freelancer and a translator from the Thai Police Tourist.

 

Only a statement and evidence delivered in person (with a translator) will be accepted by the Thai Police.

Why hire a freelancer? Hire a lawyer, shouldn't be that expensive as it is just for talking to the police and make a counter claim.

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