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      A farang in jail.


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      From ANDREW DRUMMOND,
      Bangkok, December 7 2010

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      Naked and cuffed to the cell bars

      These horrific pictures show a 53-yr-old Briton wasting away naked in a Thai police station and cuffed to the bars of his cell.
      He is reported to have been there for three months, but certainly since November 23th, but nobody has sent him for hospital treatment. This is a police station in the resort town of Pattaya, 100 miles east of Bangkok. His luxury pillow is a plastic water bottle.

      This man is under the care of police. He was found sleeping under cars in in nearby Jomtien and was found to be on overstay.

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      The man known to others purely as ‘John’ growls like an animal and has mental health issues. Sometimes he just sits and says nothing. It’s now known he has been deported from Thailand before for overstaying his visa. Thai police say he is unfit for court and do not know what to do with him.
      They are awaiting on a decision from the British Embassy in Bangkok. But will, or should, the British government cough up for his treatment?
      Unofficially Thai police say he has AIDs. That is why, they say, he is chained to the bars. It is to protect other inmates.
      If however he is charged with an offence he should have appeared in court where judges could have seen his condition.
      This man appears to be just one of the city’s casualties. Was his problem drink? women? money? or perhaps none of these or or all three. Nobody has come forward to help or tell the story.
      And it’s at times like this that the neon lights of this city lose their allure.
      This is a side of Pattaya not promoted in the tourist brochures.
      “Other prisoners have been giving him some of their food, “ said the photographer and activist Benny Moafi, “but nevertheless he is just skin and bone. He will just die if nobody helps him – and nobody is. All food has to be bought.

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      “They say he does not want any help. But his condition is quite unbelievable.
      “Somebody called me to go to the police station to have a look. The man has been beaten and clearly needs both medical and psychiatric care. But nothing has been done. One of the prisoners says he has been there three months.
      “I tried to talk to him but could not get much sense. he seemed to be hallucinating.”
      A spokesman for the Foreign and Common Wealth Office said: “ We are aware of the case. The man has been given consular assistance.”

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      Pattaya Police were not immediately available for comment.
      Benny Moalfi, a Swede of Iranian descent, is a foreign activist for prison and judicial reform in Thailand. Now a locally qualified lawyer, having spent 10 years on a jail, he says on trumped up charges of robbery and fraud, he has had some success in making prison reforms.

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      Re: A farang in jail.

      IS this the same guy DD from TD has been on about?

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      Re: A farang in jail.

      Don't know, as I don't read TD any more. This guy is just one. He isn't the only one.

      I find that "all food has to be bought" to say something of the Thai prison and judicial system as it treats fellow men.

      Adhering to the principles of Buddhism, they ain't.

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      Originally Posted by MisterStretch
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      I find that "all food has to be bought" to say something of the Thai prison and judicial system as it treats fellow men. Adhering to the principles of Buddhism, they ain't.
      right, Stretch - its a disgrace by any mearsure you care to mention. Buddhism is as much a veneer out here as tolereance is to many muslims around the world, I'm afraid

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      Re: A farang in jail.

      Yup its a guy that TD reported going crazy down in patters in Nov. Then the story broke big time. TD did link the two together before any other news agency. Especially since DD cleaned house big time a few months ago.

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      Re: A farang in jail.

      Does anyone know if this guy was a teacher? I'd hate to see video of some guy that was thrown in jail for being a drug abuser on here when there's no evidence that he may or may not be a teacher. Heck, he could be just some crazy guy grabbed from the street.

      Either way, I feel the video might be offensive to some viewers and should be noted as such. This is something that rarely happens in Thailand to expats and tourists, much less teachers.

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      Re: A farang in jail.


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      Originally Posted by Topper
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      I'd hate to see video of some guy that was thrown in jail for being a drug abuser on here when there's no evidence that he may or may not be a teacher
      it's a lounge. just talking about stuff I've read in the news.


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      Originally Posted by Topper
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      Either way, I feel the video
      video?


      keep fishin'.
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      Re: A farang in jail.


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      Originally Posted by po3try
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      it's a lounge.
      Yeah, but it's a Teacher's Lounge. My thinking is this Lounge is for talking about teaching, not drunken, crazy derelicts, unless the happen to be teachers.

      Just my opinion.

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      Re: A farang in jail.

      ^well, I've hung out in a lot of Teacher's Lounges (can you get arrested for that?) and we do talk about more than teaching - a lot more. Given that this is a teachers' lounge for teachers in Thailand who, like anyone living in Thailand, 'go by the grace of God' I can see the merit in bringing it to the attention of the floor. After the initial shock, what got me thinking was the last paragraph of the article

      Pattaya Police were not immediately available for comment.
      Benny Moalfi, a Swede of Iranian descent, is a foreign activist for prison and judicial reform in Thailand. Now a locally qualified lawyer, having spent 10 years on a jail, he says on trumped up charges of robbery and fraud, he has had some success in making prison reforms.


      I'd love to know the juice behind this
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      Re: A farang in jail.


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      Originally Posted by MisterStretch
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      Yeah, but it's a Teacher's Lounge. My thinking is this Lounge is for talking about teaching,
      but then what would we talk about in the other teaching rooms?