Phuket’s Biggest Stories From the Past Week: Thai Police Crack Down on Foreigners Illegally Owning Businesses, and More

The following is our weekly feature in which we highlight the top local stories in our area of Phuket from the past week. The number of stories differs from week to week.

These are chosen and curated by our editorial team and are designed for our readers to get a quick “catch-up” of important stories they may have missed. We publish many stories daily and it is easy to lose track of important events or changes in our area. We do national recaps in a separate article, this is only the top local stories in Phuket and nearby provinces.

They are in no particular order of importance but roughly in order of publishing. These are from Monday, May 27th to Sunday June 2nd, 2024

  1. A 15 year-old boy stabbed his uncle to death in Sri Sunthorn on Monday (May 27th).

The Thalang Police told the Phuket Express that Mr. E has been charged for causing death by assault, but due to being a juvenile, will likely face lesser charges eventually.

2. A post-match fracas erupted at a Patong boxing stadium following a Thai boxing contest between competitors from Russia and Ireland.

The individuals involved later gathered at a district officials office and hugged and apologized for the incident.

3. A Swedish man was arrested at the Phuket International Airport for 113 days of overstay.

Immigration officers arrested a 41 year-old Swedish man at the international terminal in the airport. No further information was given.

4. Two Chinese men and a Myanmar man were arrested after they were found installing cable TV at an apartment in Phuket Town.

All three men are holding tourist visas. They admitted to police that they did not have legal work permits.

5. In a sweeping crackdown dubbed ‘Operation Nominee Sweep,’ the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has arrested a total of 104 individuals, comprised of 67 Russian nationals and 37 Thais, for their involvement in a vast network of companies with foreign shareholders.

The arrest of a Russian woman and her Thai associates led to the broader apprehension of 231 suspects linked to the nominee operations. Although widely common using a Thai nominee, or paying someone money to sign contracts and be on licenses, to disguise the real foreign owner of a business in Thailand is illegal.

That’s it for this week. Be safe!

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.