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Thailand’s Immigration to Deport Malaysian Billionaire to China

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Immigration police are preparing to deport a wealthy Malaysian businessman to China, which is expected to be completed this month.

On Sunday, Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn told a press briefing that Mr. Teow Wooi Huat would be extradited to China in response to a Chinese deportation request.

He added that Immigration had submitted the request to the Attorney-General’s Office and once completed, he will be extradited to China by the end of 2022 he said.

Mr. Teow, also known as Teddy, was arrested on July 22 at the Dan Nok border town in the Sadao district of Songkhla.
He was allegedly laundering money for illegal online gambling operations in southern Thailand.

He is reportedly in the custody of immigration police, but it was unclear whether he was held in Songkhla or Bangkok.

Teow allegedly ran an entertainment empire called MBI Group out of Da Nok.

He also established MBI International Sdn Bhd, which ran several businesses in Malaysia.

Pol Gen Surachate did not elaborate on why the Malaysian businessman was on China’s wanted list.

However, the South China Morning Post reported last year that dozens Chinese nationals petitioned outside the Chinese embassy in Kuala Lumpur in 2019, alleging that they had been duped out of hundreds of millions in “investments” in MBI International.

According to Malaysian authorities, his 91 bank accounts totaling 177 million ringgit and linked to MBI International were seized in 2017. It was unclear what charges had been levied against him by Malaysia.

It was also unclear how he eluded Malaysian authorities and crossed the border into Thailand, where he established a complex at Dan Nok.

Pol Gen Surachate stated that Malaysian authorities had not issued an arrest warrant for him.

Immigration Police Arrest 51-Year-Old Russian

Immigration Police Arrest Russian Man

Meanwhile, Immigration Police have revealed that a Russian man wanted in Russia in a murder case had been arrested at the request of the Russian embassy in Thailand.

According to Immigration, the Russian embassy had previously requested assistance from Thai police in arresting the 51-year-old Russian, identified by police as Igor Guzhin, and extraditing him to Russia.

On October 11, 2019, the court in Samara, Russia, issued a warrant for the man’s arrest on the charge of contract murder. He faces eight to twenty years in prison, life in prison, or death if convicted.

Assigned to find the man, immigration officers discovered that he entered Thailand on December 2, 2019. He lived in Moo 12 village in tambon Nong Prue in Chon Buri’s Bang Lamung district.

They apprehended the Russian man on Saturday at Jomtien beach in Pattaya, armed with a Criminal Court warrant.

The Russian man had been handed over to the Attorney General’s Office, pending legal proceedings for extradition.

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