Bangkok After Hours - eBook

Bangkok After Hours - eBook
One Man's Wild Erotic Adventures in the Red Light Districts of Bangkok, Pattaya & Asia After Hours.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

2 Russian Female tourists in trouble for collecting coral

Pattaya One News reports that two Russian women are unable to leave Thailand while awaiting trial for illegal possession of coral. They have spoken out to Russian media about exactly how they came into possession of the coral that has left them stranded in Phuket. Thai media has said they were released, but their passports held, on THB40,000 (US$1,263) bail, but they told Russian reporters that they paid THB150,000 (US$4,738) in bail. Both women were later released on bail but their passports are being held pending their case being heard at Phuket Provincial Court. If found guilty, the women each face a fine of up to THB20,000 (US$631), a year in jail, or both.

However, in speaking with NGS news portal in her home city of Novosibirsk in Siberia, Karmanova claimed that the “neighbor” was in fact the owner of the Nan Inn Bungalow in Karon, where the Russian tourists were staying. The women said they bought the coral and shells in a bundle from a Thai man for THB100 (US$3) on Jan. 26. “We knew that it’s illegal to take ‘raw’ coral from Thailand, but not souvenirs made of coral and seashells. That’s why we were sure that there was nothing illegal since we had bought the corals here,” she said. Karmanova and Likman are expected to have their case heard in court within 48 days.

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