Iraqi Man Arrested for Overstaying 15 Years in Kanchanaburi, Thailand

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Kanchanaburi –

An Iraqi man was arrested in Kanchanaburi, Western Thailand, for overstaying his legal visa to stay in Thailand by fifteen years.

The Kanchanaburi Immigration Chief Colonel Korn Somkanae told TPN media that they were notified by a concerned citizen that an overstaying foreigner who had recently fled from another part of Thailand to try to avoid arrest was hiding at a guesthouse in Kanchanaburi.

Law enforcement went to the unnamed guesthouse to find the 43-year-old Iraqi man in the guest house. He had entered Thailand in May 2008 with a NON-B visa. His visa had expired in August 2008. He was now on a 5,468 day overstay.

He was taken to a local police station to face overstay charges and to be brought to the Thai Immigration Detention Centre in Bangkok and deported. It was unclear why he had overstayed his visa. TPN media noted the name of the Iraqi man was not released by relevant officers.

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.