A Swedish fugitive hiding out in Pattaya became one of the first victims of the Chonburi Immigration Police’s new transnational criminal system when he was arrested while checking in at immigration offices in Jomtien Beach.
Swedish fugitive Amini Kamran became one of the first victims of the Chonburi Immigration Police’s new transnational criminal system.
Amini Kamran, 37, was wanted on a Swedish arrest warrant issued in May for illegally selling 37.6 million baht in drugs and medical products over the Internet. Facing a six-year jail term, the Swede fled the country for Thailand where he had been hiding out in Pattaya under the guise of a language student since November 13, 2009.
On Aug. 5, Amini went to the Chonburi Immigration Office to extend his education visa. When his name was entered into immigration’s new Transnational Criminal Database system, the warrant popped up and he was placed in custody, caught thanks to the same Internet on which he supposedly had made his illicit income.
The Transnational Crime Center officially opened this month and pulls together warrants from law enforcement agencies around the world as well as visitor information from hotels and condominiums in order to track down wanted foreign criminals.
The Swede’s visa was canceled and he was prepared for deportation. He also was blacklisted from returning to the Kingdom.