Monday, February 20, 2017
Russian woman arrested and may face 100,000 Baht fine & prison term for feeding fish in Koh Racha…
“The incident occurred at Plab Pla beach on Koh Racha Yai. During a regular patrol, officers found Olga Smirnova, 53, feeding bread to the fish,” said Suchat Rattanaruengsri, Region 6 head of the Marine and Coastal Resources Conservation Division.
Ms Smirnova was taken to Chalong Police Station and charged with feeding fish in a forbidden area or in an area with coral reef, the maximum punishment for which is a year in prison, a 100,000-baht fine, or both.
“As we have said, we are taking a very strict stance on this. She has to pay the bail and remain in Thailand until her case is processed by a court,” said Mr Suchat.