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Swedish man on the run for nearly two years

Swedish on the run for nearly two years

After two years on the run, a 60-year-old Swedish man wanted on drug-related charges in Bangkok was apprehended on Koh Samui.

On Thursday afternoon, immigration officers detained Reino Pentti Olavi Martin at a parking lot in front of a rented home in tambon Bo Phut on the southern tourist island.

The Bangkok South Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Mr. Martin, 60, on February 25, 2021 for illegal possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell.

He had been detained in Bangkok’s Thong Lor district in 2020 and had been freed on bail. He jumped bail, though, and the court issued a warrant for his arrest as a result.

The Swedish national was apprehended after authorities learnt through the Immigration Bureau’s warning system that he was wanted in Bangkok, according to Pol Col Suparuek Phankosol, head of the Surat Thani immigration police.

His visa had run out, according to the documentation, on December 22, 2021. Since his visa had expired, the suspect had been residing on Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, according to the officers’ tracking of his activities when they noticed he was active on Facebook. When they finally caught up with him, they initially accused him of exceeding his visa’s validity.

Before being sent to the Bangkok South Criminal Court to handle the narcotics offense, he was sent to the Bo Phut police station to address the visa allegation.

. (Photo: Immigration Bureau)

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