Thursday, September 5, 2013

Thursday, September 05, 2013
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POLICE IN MANILA DEMANDED TO SEE
WHAT RUNAWAY HAD TOLD THAI POLICE
- BEFORE SETTING HIM UP ON RAPE CHARGE






The Commission of Human Rights in Manila has passed on a report to the government and chief prosecutor recommending the prosecution of six Metro Manila Police officers who arrested a 'runaway' from a Bangkok boiler room, demanded to see his files, then banged him up on false drugs and rape charges.

Documents in the possession of this website show how Canadian Stephen Sharpe, 55, from Toronto, was arrested in Manila in March 2010 after fleeing Bangkok where he had been a police informant on a boiler room which was raided in Soi Thonglor 25.

Several young foreigners were arrested in the raid and detained and deported but the boss of the boiler room a British national named at the time as 'Paul' escaped any charges. Sharpe's position in Thailand became untenable. 

Having been informed that the UK boss had paid out some US$600,000 to Thai police he said it was no longer safe. "My bosses were talking to CSD and Immigration on a regular basis" he acquired a false passport and fled to Manila. It is impossible to verify claims made by Sharpe (also known as Burt) but we know the identity of the boiler room boss who remains as affluent and as busy as usual.

Thonglor boiler room in private house

The Commission of Human Rights in Manila has however taken the false arrest in Manila seriously - though there are no senior Philippines police recommended for prosecution. Sharpe is living in a 'safe house' believed to be on the outskirts of Manila. His family are begging him to come home - but he is determined, he says to get closure on the HEINOUS AND EVIL ACTIONS of the police force.

















Sharpe was initially arrested outside the Q Point Bar in Ermita, Metro Manila, where he said police feigned to have caught him with drugs.  He was held for three days in Police Station 5.

During that time he said a police officer SPQ4 Chan demanded that he open his computer, which had been retrieved from his room at the 'Aussie Slouch Hat Inn' and demanded to see the report on the securities fraud operation he had sent to the Royal Thai Police.
Sharpe/Burt was staying at the Aussie Slough Hat Inn

On March 28 a woman turned up at the police station was introduced to Sharpe and pointed her and said that was a man who raped her previously. The woman claimed she was just 17 years old.

The woman subsequently retracted her statement a year later admitting she had been set up to make the complaint but by this time Sharpe was already in jail.





Sharpe's decision to run to Manila was ill advised. Bangkok boiler room operators also control the major boiler rooms in Manila, Jakarta, and Kuala Lumpur. He admits he was identified quickly. Known to frequent bars he went to Ermita's most famous foreign hang out at the time - the LA Cafe.

"A young man started talking to me and he had a photocopy of my real passport".

Confession in tagalog from woman who made false rape allegations
Sharpe/Burt was released six weeks ago and acquitted of all charges.

LA Cafe, Ermita

7 comments:

  1. On a slightly different subject...looks like the DSI are moving against at least one operation, maybe it's purely cosmetic

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/367986/dsi-hunts-operators-of-pyramid-fund-standard-morgan-fund

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  2. Is there a lot more to this story than Mr. Sharpe is letting on?

    One assumes he was unfortunate enough to be tricked into entering the world of the Boiler Room boys?

    He was forced to work with the "Boiler Room Boys"?

    He gave his ill-gotten wages / gains to charity? (Not the UK Consulate I hope!)

    Without much ado he manages to obtain a false passport and flee to Manilla?

    Sounds like out of the "Frying Pan into the fire" but he certainly appears to have done his share of wheeling and dealing?

    Now living in a safe house...in the Philippines, good luck with that one!

    As for taking on the Police in Manilla...good luck with that one too, the result of which will probably be an obituary notice.

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  3. A lot of supposition here. What are the facts, Andrew? Was he tricked or forced? What was the embassy's involvement? I suspect there's evidence for neither. But I'd like to read what happened not. Not rumour or conjecture. It fools some readers though hopefully not many on this site.

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    1. Sorry Matt - Can you point out the suppositions please. You have the facts. You have the statements. Was he tricked or forced? Into what? He worked for the boiler rooms for years, of course he knew what they were doing. What was the Embassy involvement. Very little as he did not arrive as a Canadian national. They are now however trying to sort out his papers. Please do not make vague allegations.

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  4. No supposition but perhaps too much left out. SS worked for many boiler rooms. He knew all the major bosses in Bangkok. He cannot feign ignorance about his chosen career. The Canadian Embassy have had some involvement. But he did arrive under a Spanish passport! So understandably they have been giving him a not very happy time. But RCMP have shown little interest.

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  5. No supposition but perhaps too much left out. SS worked for many boiler rooms. He knew all the major bosses in Bangkok. He cannot feign ignorance about his chosen career. The Canadian Embassy have had some involvement. But he did arrive under a Spanish passport! So understandably they have been giving him a not very happy time. But RCMP have shown little interest.

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  6. Given a false passport? Not supposition?

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