Indian tourist arrested for using missing visa stamp

Immigration officials arrested an Indian tourist last night as he was about to leave Don Mueang airport carrying passport with stolen Thai visa stamp which has been declared void by the Foreign Ministry.

Officials said that the Indian national carried with him the Indian passport with  Thai visa stamp No A5801985 which was among a total of 300 stamps  went missing from consulate in Kuala Lumpur and declared void in July 26. He was about to depart on a flight to Chennai, India.

Mr Mohammed Igbal Abdul Kafu, 44, told immigration officials that he paid a broker750 Ringgit (7,500 baht)  to apply for Thai visa in Kuala Lumpur. After getting his passport stamped, he travelled to Thailand on July 20 without knowledge that the Thai visa stamp was among those were stolen and declared void.

Customs officials said that they will charge the Indian national for using the void visa stamp.

Earlier the Foreign Ministry reported 2,000 visa stamps went missing from its Thai embassy in the Hague, Netherland, 300 from embassy in Kuala Lumpur, and 500 from its consulate-general office in Savannakhet, Laos.

Immigration Bureau chief Pol Maj-Gen Nattaphon Phosunthorn said police have arrested a woman who was wanted in connection with the missing visa stamps at her home in Bung Khum district of Bangkok. She was identified as Piyamart Bandasak, 39.

The woman told police that she was approached by an Indian man identified as Kuma Ramesh to help him sell the stickers to foreigners at 30,000 baht for each and she was given 3,000 baht for each sticker sold. She admitted of having provided three foreigners with the stickers, one was her housekeeper, a Nigerian and a Cameroon tourist.