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Police arrest 11 Africans in Bangkok for overstaying visas

Sep 23. 2017
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By The Nation

Some 11 Africans were arrested on Saturday morning for overstaying their visa, as Special Operation and Patrol Police Division officers joined forces with tourist police and immigration police to search five Bangkok locations.

Operation Black Eagle drew on officers from three forces to check locations with a history of housing illegal immigrants, said Division Chief Pol Maj-General Surachet Hakpal.

He said the operation netted 11 suspects from African nations. He did not give specific details of the suspects’ nationalities.

Surachet said the operation was carried out after the prime minister ordered police to crack down on illegal immigrants suspected to be in Thailand to carry out various scams, including romance scams and ATM skimming.

The suspects will be deported and face 10-year entry bans, Surachet said.

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