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Nine Phuket companies investigated over use of Thai nominees

PHOTO: Facebook/Green Elephant Sanctuary Park Phuket

In an ever-growing list, officials are investigating 9 more Phuket companies to determine if Thai nominees are being used to get around the law that restricts certain businesses to Thai citizens.

Yutthana Praedam from the Department of Special Investigation says an initial check carried out yesterday shows the 9 companies in question are operating in accordance with the law that stipulates that no more than 49% of a business can be owned by a foreign national. However, further checks will be carried out to ensure the listed Thai shareholders are not merely nominees.

According to a Bangkok Post report, the businesses are also being investigated to ensure they have all the correct licences to offer services such as tour guides. The investigation is a joint operation involving officials from the Department of Business Development, the Department of Tourism, the Immigration Bureau, and the Tourist Police Bureau.

One of the businesses being investigated is the Green Elephant Sanctuary Park run by Swiss national Urs Fehr. Fehr is currently at the centre of an assault case after allegedly kicking a female doctor as she sat on the steps leading to his rented Cape Yamu villa.

The subsequent investigation uncovered the fact that the steps were illegally built on a public beach and they have now been demolished. Officials are now investigating discrepancies in the issuance of land title deeds for plots along Yamu Beach, where the incident occurred.

It’s understood that aerial surveys have offered no indication that the area was previously used for agricultural cultivation, which was the reason given when Sor Khor 1 land occupation documents were issued in 1974. The titles were reportedly upgraded to Nor Sor 3 Kor certificates in 2005.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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