Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014
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A former Thai journalist who became the President of The Federation of Thai and Foreign Spouses told a press conference in Bangkok today how she came across a fake lawyer representing clients in the eastern seaboard resort of Pattaya.


Kanokrat Nimsamooth Booth said she was looking out for a lawyer to help pursue a case at the European Court of Human Rights and perhaps for other Thai women with problems in mixed marriages and stumbled across an advertisement for Drew Walter Noyes.

She only found out he was fake by reading the website of British journalist Andrew Drummond but by then she had sent him personal documents.  In fact Drummond himself supported her with her problems.

When she found out that the British journalist was embroiled in legal cases with Noyes and people associated with him she went to his aid.  Drummond, she said, was doing investigative journalist work and as a journalist herself she could see what he was up against.

“He told the stories very straight, not perhaps in the Thai style, but they were accurate and in the public interest. As a result of helping Andrew I have been under personal attack on the internet as all sorts of websites are put up the net to try and discredit me," she said at the conference at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand.

The ad  Kanokrat Nimsamooth Booth answered

Hanks
“These men have tried to drain Andrew Drummond of cash because he has had to pay to defend himself from allegations which have no substance. He has won all his cases except one and that is being appealed.

“On a website in English registered in London and hosted in the United States he accused a man of being a pimp, who indeed was a pimp. That was a legal term to use in the context because actually because the brothel in question was legal. But in Thailand this expression was translated as being a ‘maeng da’ (horseshoe crab) and being a maeng da is against the law.”



She added that the problem with Thailand at the moment was that the authorities did not really know about many of the foreigners who were settling in Thailand.  Many had dubious pasts and came to Thailand set up illegally structured companies to hold land and to carry on illegal businesses. Others were simply crooks.

Earlier #AndrewDrummond, currently accredited to the London Evening Standard, but with a 40 year history in journalism which included long terms with the London Times and Observer, and many investigative television documentaries, had said he was being pursued under the Computer Crimes Act, by foreigners with dubious backgrounds who were conducting illegal businesses in Thailand.


They included #BrianGoudie, also known as Goudie, who was jailed in Australia for fraud, who had turned up in Thailand pretending to be a British barrister and former Captain in the Royal Marines;

#DavidHanks, 66, a former brothel owner from Melbourne, who claimed he ran a furniture restoration business in Pattaya, which was a paper company only;  and #DrewNoyes, 59, an American who also claimed to be a lawyer but whom had been exposed by the media in the United States as a man of myriad lies, who had been pursued by lawyers there trying to recoup cash from share and property deals, and representing women who had allegedly been assaulted and sexually assaulted.

Drummond showed a graph showing how British criminals were indirectly linked together in businesses in Thailand.




Noyes
“It would be a very interesting exercise for police to carry out such exercises elsewhere, he said, but they had other things on their minds.”

He said he had come across Noyes when he was negotiating deals for American porn filmmakers and  selling homes built for less well off Thais by the National Housing Authority at grossly inflated prices to his foreign  'friends'.

Goudie
It was, he said, very difficult to carry out his job as a correspondent while at the same time raising a family and attending numerous court cases, but of course the aim of his attackers was to drain him of cash. 

He was thankful that he had strong support in the foreign community in Thailand and overseas who had helped him because they recognised he was helping others by his exposure stories.

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Translation was provided by Danthong Green, advisor to the Union of Civil Liberties, and lawyer Namchai Ritkhampee, adviser to the Thai Journalists Association and well known radio advice lawyer.

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Did not realise I had a fan club. Had one young very polite Thai chap turn up who wanted me to autograph my business card saying he had been a long time fan of this site. Unfortunately of all days I had forgotten to re-stock my business cards so signed a 'programme' so to speak and gave him my contact details. Hope he emails. Quite a few foreigners turned up whom I guess may have been disappointed that most of it was in Thai - and quite a few Thais I suspect thought my English went on long enough. Good old Benny Moafi - the scourge of the Thai courts turned up and offered me a free service in counter-suing. His office is bang right opposite the Bangkok Criminal Court.

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My apologies to readers who have had triple doses of the Stooges this week. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible perhaps beginning with the story of the Channel 7 crew from Australia who were attacked this week down on Koh Samui.

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HOW LOW CAN YOU GET?

SPOT NEWS:  #BrianGoudie twice failed to turn up for questioning at Pattaya Police station this week for questioning about allegations that he pocketed funds which a court awarded to two British and one German client of his 'law firm' #AlbaLaws.  

On the day he was last due to attend he said he could not, but instead said he would turn up on August 6th. Police can issue an arrest warrant if a person fails twice to turn up. They know that he was lying when he said he would turn up on August 6th. 

After all, on that date he has been boasting on his new but definitely not improved casewatchasia,blogspot site that he has got Andrew Drummond (yours truly) in a court in Koh Samui. 

Police now are unlikely to tell him before they take unilateral action. They also know that he set up a young Thai women to take the rap for the fact that his pub 'The Jaggie Thistle' had no licence to sell alcohol. Records show that he in fact was the Managing Director of the company Jimmy International at the time the charges were being prepared and he quickly switched his name for that of his then girlfriend. 

To add to the damage (He inevitably fell out with her) on Casewatchasia he claimed that the woman jad been a prostitute was also convicted or running bar which was offering sexual services. And now he is has named the same woman as a suspect in a theft of items from his 'former' property.

I say former because there is a court order on site preventing the sale of the 'Jaggie Thistle' and removing the woman as Managing Director. He has been trying to offer the premises, which he acquired from former Ulster drugs trafficker Jimmy 'Doc' Halliday on his death bed.

He had signed a power of attorney over to Alba Laws perhaps not realising that it enabled Goudie to take all his worldly possessions.

This chap is a piece of work and the woman knows where he can put his thistle.


3 comments:

  1. Great day D and K, very well done.
    I had hope to see the trio of tw*ts, however it wasn't to be. Just proves what a bunch of "big girls blouses" they are......all face an no nickers. Cowards!

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  2. As you of course already know, the problem is not the likes of Noyes and his associates, for they are simply a symptom, but the Computer Crimes legislation itself which protects Thai vested interests from the full glare of public scrutiny. You are simply collateral damage in a country where equality of rights is simply a term of fiction rather any tenet of a society committed to a meaningful rule of law. The law needs to be changed but that would mean a cultural sea change in which power, wealth and status gives way to principle and justice. Frankly, the game isn't worth the candle here in Thailand for you, Andrew: any system that permits such vexatious and frivolous claims as those mounted by these shysters is one which cannot be beaten through endurance. Eventually, one simply has to give up and move on.

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  3. Signed an autograph Drummond??? Sure it wasn't a power of attorney?

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