Sawadee Khrap & welcome back to Koh Phangan Island News and our second part of Koh Phangan shooting and the story of filing a police report.
The first part of our small series can be found here -> Koh Phangan Shooting and the story of a police report – Part One!
After my recent visit to the totally non-corrupt Koh Phangan police station and my final call for assistance to the German Embassy in Bangkok I still had the impression that things were going into a good direction.
The German Embassy told me that they would initiate an official course of action and apply for a copy of the police report which would be sent to me in the next couple of days. All this sounded very promising to me and got me thinking that official & public pressure by other institutions regarding the gunshot attack would be beneficial for the ongoing investigation.
But how naive and blue eyed was my thinking actually? So I waited a couple of days and to my surprise (?) nothing happened at all … again
So I phoned the German Embassy one more time and had a long chat with the consul there who then told me that the Phangan police cops finally decided to deny the handing out of the copy of the police report! According to the so called Thai law it is strictly against the Thai law to hand out any copies of any police reports in an ongoing investigation. Who would have guessed that
This is actually even more fascinating as the official investigation of my gun shooting case hasn’t actually started yet! The investigation can only take its course of action once I finally sign the police report. By signing the police report my case becomes official! No signature – No case! It’s as easy as that
So are the local Phangan cops playing nasty tricks on me? It certainly looks like
Meanwhile I got introduced to yet another person being more than familiar with legal issues in the Kingdom of Thailand. Her name is Liz Luxen and she’s an official interpreter when it comes to police reports & court cases. She offers translation service, court hearings, lawyer consultations, even escorts you to the police station and helps with immigration issues, private investigations … the whole nine yards! Funny enough she even provides funeral services for Koh Samui, Koh Phangan & Koh Tao. Is that just another coincident? Another message whispered by the universe?
Becki even managed to meet Liz Luxen in person at her headquarter in Lamai beach on Koh Samui Island one day afternoon. And to be honest I didn’t like her that much as I received some really strange vibes from her but after all it’s not about her personality but rather more about the valuable information she could provide.
At our meeting she first opened with a very simply yet eye opening question.
“Do you think that the chief of police or district were sent to Koh Phangan by simple accident?”
Interesting question indeed! Following that she then started providing me with some more insights about the corrupt and mafia like structures of the Royal Thai Police and also the administrative apparatus in the Kingdom of Thailand. According to her long lasting experience within the legal system in Thailand she then furthermore explained that nothing happens by accident at all.
You have to think of a network of buddies and best friends who all had met at one point somewhere … in the police academy for example. So all those nice chiefs of police or so called Nai Amphoes all know each other one way or the other or they just know people who know the right people. Just like a spider web of best friends all serving the same purpose of becoming extremely rich in a very short time!
Then every district or Amphoe in Thailand has a price tag attached to it. Meaning the network knows exactly how much money is possible to earn at each specific location like Koh Samui, Phuket or Pattaya. Koh Phangan for example is famous for its all night long techno parties with massive amounts of drug consuming tourists. The usage of mind altering substances is of course illegal in the Kingdom of Thailand. So are all night long techno rave parties which have to be shut down by 1 a.m. according to Thai law …
But who is actually interested in enforcing any law in the Kingdom of Thailand as easy money just waits for you around the next corner? And also remember that nothing happens by chance! Those people invested quite some money to be finally relocated to their dream destination. Now it’s time for the investment to show some financial returns before it’s time to apply for relocation into a new territory!
And voila … a nice and consistent system has been established! Those organizations who are supposed to enforce the law to protect the people actually take the law in their own hands and welcome everyone who wants to bend the law a bit for their own enrichment as long as you show some form of sponsorship to your protecting patronage in the right positions.
Even if you start complaining about certain issues at some higher positions there’s always someone there who knows someone who knows someone … and so on …
So what are my chances of justice in such a corrupt system?
Well … you first have to sign the police report so your case finally becomes official. No signed report – no official case! Before you sign any report you at least need someone you can trust who will translate the police report for you. But be careful as Koh Phangan police station is famous for its police reports with false information written in it. Make sure you get a proper translation because once you sign the police report there’s no way back later!
Liz Luxen can act as an official interpreter for Koh Phangan and the rough costs would be around 5000 THB for this service.
Once you managed to sign a police report with exactly the right information in it the crime case then becomes official and from that moment on belongs to the Koh Phangan police station only. No other police station is allowed to interfere with the ongoing investigation! No Tourist Police from Koh Samui! No police task force from Bangkok! No nothing!
This investigation can of course take some time and please don’t expect to get notified about any updates regarding your investigations. I’m also not sure if you personally have the right to ask about any updates but here your trustful lawyer comes into play. Which of course will cost you money again and lots of time as the bureaucracy in the Kingdom of Thailand is a slow working process.
So you get your lawyer … spend some more money and the lawyer will ask from time to time about the results of the investigation. Eventually at one point the Koh Phangan police will finish their investigations and proudly tell you that no suspects could been found! No evidence could be gathered … no nothing … and that there is also no more public interest in that case and therefore the investigations will be closed
Awesome … at this point you then have the legal right to file a complaint about the Koh Phangan Police investigations at some higher authorities and encourage them to dig a bit further into your case. But you’re only allowed to do so once the Koh Phangan police station has finally finished their awesome detective work.
But please keep in mind that you’re fighting against a very corrupt network of best friends and buddies who only want to protect their very own interests and actually couldn’t give less shit about any justice who just threatens their daily income!
Even the German Embassy confirmed those facts and told me that they have no legal right to interfere with any police investigation in the Kingdom of Thailand.
So … what should I do then?
Easy version is to best just leave the country asap! Forget about anything that happened and just be grateful that you’re still alive
Advanced version is to get a lawyer and take the appropriate steps according to the legal system in Thailand but don’t expect anything to happen at all! Just expect to spend quite an amount of money and also time with literally no outcome at the very end!
According to the German Embassy there have been many cases they know about but in the end nothing has been accomplished. Welcome to amazing Thailand!
So … here I was … finally realizing that justice does indeed not exist in the land of the smile
To be continued …