AN IRAQI man who overstayed in Thailand for more than eight years fainted when Chonburi Immigration and Pattaya police showed up at his house to arrest him today (Mar. 28), Naewna newspaper said.
Pol.Col. Prinya Klinkasorn, head of Chonburi Immigration police, said the Iraqi man, identified as Mr. Khalid Majeed Ali, 52, had hidden in Pattaya’s Mabyailia community for a long time. He did not have a job nor did he socialise with anyone and it was feared he might turn to crime.
However as soon as the police team showed up at his house where he was sitting in front he turned pale and fainted and was immediately given first aid.
An examination showed that Ali arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport on November 17, 2014 on a 60-day tourist visa valid till January 15, 2015. However he did not return to his country and overstayed his visa over eight years or 2,993 days.
He has been taken to Nong Prue police station for further legal action.
Pol.Col. Prinya said Deputy National Police Chief Pol. Gen. Surachate Hakparn, nicknamed Big Joke, has ordered all units to quickly round up foreigners who have either entered the country illegally or have overstayed their visa or did not stick to the purpose of their visa. This is to prevent them from committing crime and maintain Thailand’s tourism image.
The offence for overstaying in this country carries a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment and/or a fine of 20,000 baht. Offenders will be blacklisted and forbidden from entering the country for 10 years.
The Iraqi man upon being arrested today. Photos: Naewna