An 80-year-old French national has claimed that police in Pattaya extorted cash from him and illegally seized his passport because he was walking on the beach during the lockdown.
The incident occurred on May 3rd on Pattaya Beach which remains off-limits as part of the measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The elderly man claims he and several other friends were strolling along the beach area, sitting on the benches, and chatting to each other.
When police spotted the group they arrested the man for violating the terms of the emergency decree and took him to the local police station.
The French citizen has alleged that police ordered him to pay 50,000 baht for “bail” and that it would not be returned even if he ended up in court over the situation.
According to the man, the police also seized his French passport and charged him a further 2,000 baht for an escort home because the process had finished during the night curfew hours between 10 pm and 4 am.
A case to investigate the incident has been opened by Chonburi police who will investigate what happened by interviewing the French man, his girlfriend, the bail bondsman, and the police officials involved.
Source: Pattaya Mail