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Ban threat for alleged Brit teen rape victim

SURAT THANI: Police have vowed to blacklist a 19-year-old British girl and deny her entry to Thailand indefinitely if she fails to counter investigators’ findings that her rape claim on Koh Tao is groundless.

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By Bangkok Post

Monday 3 September 2018, 08:58AM


Police say this sign will not apply to the 19-year-old woman from England who claims she was raped on the island in late June. Photo: Supplied

Police say this sign will not apply to the 19-year-old woman from England who claims she was raped on the island in late June. Photo: Supplied

Having contacted London police, via the British Embassy, to question the girl, the Thai officers expected the process should take about a month to receive her accounts and evidence to back her complaint, deputy Tourist Police chief Surachate Hakparn said yesterday (Sept 2).

“We are waiting for her testimony,” he said, insisting the investigators will treat the case in a fair manner to avoid making a one-sided conclusion.

However, Maj Gen Surachate, known as Big Joke, said evidence gathered so far did not support what the girl had told the British media about the incident on the island on June 25.

The Sun newspaper reported on Aug 23 that the woman claimed she was drugged, stripped, robbed and subjected to a nightmarish sex ordeal on Koh Tao.

She fled to a neighbouring island, Koh Pha-Ngan, before returning to Koh Tao to file a complaint with police, whom she accused of refusing to investigate her rape allegation while noting only details of the robbery.

Police will consider her statement again but if “her words are not true, we need to press a charge against her on a false complaint, blacklist her and prohibit her from entering Thailand indefinitely”, Maj Gen Surachate said.

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Police need to treat the issue carefully because some foreign tourists fabricated stories in order to claim insurance, he said.

So far there have been at least four cases in connection with false complaints – two on Koh Tao, one on Koh Samui and the other on Krabi mainland, according to Maj Gen Surachate. Police are taking legal actions against them, including informing the Immigration Bureau to put their names on the blacklist.

The officers are aware Thailand is a popular tourist destination and revenues brought by foreigners are crucial to the country’s economy, but it is also important to tighten screening of them. Up to 35 million travellers come to Thailand each year, making it one of the world’s top destinations.

“We must separate quality tourists and the bad ones,” he said.

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