Iraqi man arrested for overstaying in Thailand for nearly 15 years

Immigration cops arrested an Iraqi man within the central province of Kanchanaburi today after virtually 15 years of overstaying in Thailand. As part of a concerted effort to root out unlawful immigrants throughout the country, Thai authorities, led by the Royal Thai Police and Immigration Bureau, meticulously investigated instances in every province.
The meticulous operation led to the discovery of the Iraqi man, identified as forty three 12 months previous Oday Jabbar Khudhair, who had been concealing himself in a visitor house within Kanchanaburi.
Kanchanaburi Provincial Immigration Officers swooped at 11am, effectively arresting Khudhair. Records show that he initially entered Thailand on May 24, 2008, underneath a Non-Immigrant Visa (Non-B), permitting him until August 21 of the identical yr. However, Khudhair blatantly disregarded the stipulations and evaded capture.
Initially residing in other provinces, Khudhair adopted a nomadic pattern, flitting from one locale to a different till finally settling in Kanchanaburi. This calculated evasion led to his overstay of 5,468 days, practically 15 years.
Khudhair now faces charges beneath Section eighty one of the Immigration Act, particularly for residing in the nation after the stipulated permission had lapsed. This offence carries potential penalties of imprisonment for as a lot as two years, coupled with a nice reaching 20,000 baht. Following his sentencing, Khudhair will be topic to deportation from Thailand.
Interestingly, earlier this 12 months, another Iraqi man’s overstay got here to mild when he was apprehended in Pattaya. Shockingly, he reportedly turned pale and fainted upon sighting the police at his residence.
Comparatively, Khudhair’s case may nicely be one of the most extended overstays to date. In recent years, circumstances of great overstays included a Hungarian woman detained in Koh Samui for exceeding her visa by a decade, a Chinese man found guilty of a seven-year overstay in 2022, and a British man arrested this yr after an 11-year overstay.
Astonishing of such overstays has not gone unnoticed by Thai authorities. A May police report detailed the apprehension of nearly 1,300 overstaying foreigners within a mere nine-day span of the operation. In stark contrast, information from a similar operation carried out between October and November of the earlier year reported only 785 instances of overstay..

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