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French “religious leader” arrested for visa overstay


A French man who claimed to be a religious leader has been arrested on Koh Pha Ngan after overstaying his visa by 3 months.

The Phuket Express reports that 39 year old Evarist Doabu Kudukuho was arrested at the Bulau Malay mosque, in the Baan Tai sub-district of Koh Pha Ngan yesterday, June 23.

His arrest was the result of a number of complaints that a foreigner was claiming to be a Muslim religious leader. Police on the island say Kudukuho lived near the mosque, where he would attend religious ceremonies and invite foreign tourists to join him, telling them he was a “religious leader”.

When approached by the authorities, who asked for his passport, Kudukuho began acting suspiciously. According to the report, he told officers he’d left his passport in his tent near the mosque.

He was subsequently accompanied to the tent where officers asked to see his documentation. At this point, it was discovered he had overstayed his 30 day tourist via by more 3 months.

The Frenchman was arrested and taken to Koh Pha Ngan Police Station to face charges. It is not known if he will face any charges arising from his claims to be a religious leader.

SOURCE: The Phuket Express

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