‘Gift’ lands man in Bangkok lock-up

'Gift' lands man in Bangkok lock-up - The New Straits Times, March 26, 2009
...After much persuasion from embassy officials and family members, the police gave him two options -- either seek a lawyer to fight his case or pay an "administration fee" of 150,000 baht.
"The police officer who recorded the statement assured them it was legal.
"We left the matter to the family to decide, and they finally agreed to pay after the amount was reduced to 100,000 baht," he said.
The official dismissed reports in some blogs that claimed the money was divided by several policemen in their presence, adding that the pensioner was taken to the court on the third day where he pleaded "guilty without intention" and was asked to pay a nominal fee of 2,000 baht...

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