11 July 2024

The Ministry of Interior will press additional charges against the Swiss national who allegedly kicked a female Thai doctor as she sat on the staircase of his rented villa in Phuket last week. The new charges relate to the possession of two handguns.

He said that the Swiss national, whose visa was revoked yesterday, will face charges of illegal possession of firearms and carrying firearms in public.

Regarding the report that the Swiss national has the right to appeal against the revocation of his visa, Anutin said that, since the man is facing charges, there is no justification for granting him a visa and the Interior Ministry will definitely reject his appeal.

The Swiss national is currently facing an assault charge for allegedly kicking the doctor.

Concerning the widespread encroachment on public beaches in Phuket, Anutin said that he will summon a meeting with the governor to discuss the problem, adding that all governors of coastal provinces must investigate whether beaches in their provinces have been illegally occupied by private individuals.

Many residents in Phuket have been demanding the return to public ownership of beaches, such as Yamu, Laem Nga and Laem Sing, from developers who have claimed ownership to the beaches, with some of them blocking public access to them.