By The Nation
The suspect, identified as Alawadhi Fahad Abdalla Mohammed Sharif, who was arrested over the rape charge at a hotel in Sukhumvit Soi 2 in Khlong Toei district, claimed he had consensual sex with the victim (whose name was withheld).
Surachet said the victim filed the rape complaint at Lumpini Police Station at about 3am. The woman told police that she had gone out with three other female friends to a night entertainment venue in the Sukhumvit Soi 11 area and got separated from them. As she walked out of the alley alone, feeling slightly intoxicated, a man of Middle Eastern origin started a conversation with her and invited her to his room where he allegedly raped her.
The woman filed a police complaint as soon as she got out of the hotel.
A police probe found that the suspect was a citizen of the United Arab Emirates who had entered Thailand on January 14. He was arrested from his hotel room but the man denied any wrongdoing and claimed he had consensual sex with the woman.