In the resort town of Pattaya, a Russian who fled to Thailand and pretended to be a tourist for several years was tracked down and arrested to avoid murder charges. The process of his extradition to Russia to face charges has now begun.
The immigration police worked together with the Russian embassy in Thailand, coordinating the search for the suspect and his detention. The background is as follows: on October 11, 2019, a Samara court issued an arrest warrant for a compatriot accused of contract killing. But for the past three years, he has lived under the guise of an ordinary tourist and moved freely around Thailand. The Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration Police confirmed that the man was registered when entering the kingdoms on December 2, 2019.
According to The Thaiger, the immigration police determined that the man lived in the resort town of Pattaya, where many Russians traditionally come. They tracked him down to the Bang Lamung area and found out where he lived. The criminal court issued an arrest warrant, and on Saturday, immigration police tracked down a 51-year-old suspect in the murder of a Russian on Jomtien Beach in Pattaya and took into custody.
According to the Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration Police, the warrant was issued as a result of cooperation between the Russian Embassy and the Thai Foreign Ministry. He clarified that the Russian embassy contacted the Thai department and asked the Thai police to help catch the Russian accused of a serious crime and bring him to justice.
Now that the man is in custody, legal procedures have begun for the process of extradition back to Russia, where he will be charged with contract killing. If found guilty, the Russian could face a range of possible sentences. Less serious charges can lead to imprisonment for a term of 8 to 20 years, and by the standards of Thailand, known for the severity of the laws, even life in prison or even the death penalty.
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