Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014
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 BUSINESSMEN FALSELY ARRESTED PLANS TO SUE


FBI agents who allegedly withheld evidence which would have helped a man wrongly arrested for child sexual abuse in Pattaya broke their own laws, claims a victim an American electrical engineer.

It now appears the Thai authorities will drop charges which could have resulted in a 42 year jail sentence for Mr xxxx (NAME REDACTED).

Now (name redacted|) says he plans to sue the FBI in the United States.

There can be little worse in the present climate of an innocent man being arrested falsely for child abuse.

 (name redacted|) was arrested in June for child sexual abuse in an apartment he did not own and had no need to visit.

He had a part share of a fruit machine business which was operating on the ground floor, and the delivery van a parked outside was registered to him, as he wanted to own assets of the company in which he had invested 25 per cent.

But the rooms above the business were rented out and living in the apartment where the alleged offences occurred was American Steve Strike wanted in Hawai for a string of sexual offences against a young boy.

Steve Strike
Not only were the FBI present after xxxx was arrested on a visit to Pattaya  (He lives in Bangkok but his wife has a shop in Pattaya) but they were also involved in handing over Strike to US Marshalls of the Maui Refugee Task Force, when he was arrested at the apartment and taken to the Immigration Centre. Amazingly they said nothing.

As a result of his address xxxx has been asked to resign from his job in an international company, which otherwise, he says, has treated him very well.

But with his name all over the net as a 'paedophile' his future prospects are not good. Few internet sites in Thailand report acquittals in the courts. Simply because journalists do not regularly go to them.

xxxx says he also repeatedly begged the US authorities to inform the Thai authorities.

Under US law xxxxz cites the case of Brady V Maryland ‘prosecutors have an affirmative duty under constitutional law to disclose all exculpatory evidence to the accused in a criminal proceeding’.

Exculpatory evidence is ‘any evidence in the possession of the government which could be favourable to the accused’. #470,373 US 83 (1963). Not only thatm, but the US authorites are obliged to disclose the information even if the defendant does not ask for it.

But of course the investigation was in the hands of the Thai police and US officials were presumably.  Nevertheless xxxx's requests were flatly ignored - and he was told not to call the FBI - because he was under investigation in Thailand.




But can the FBI behave differently abroad to how they would behave in the United States.  For this law is highlighted in police training manuals in the United States and is no guarded secret.

The US Treaty with Thailand  on Mutual Assistance on Criminal Matters stipulates the areas of mutual assistance and that includes the provision of documents, records and evidence.



An LA based FBI agent who was also in Pattaya for xxxxx' arrest has also come under fire for suggesting to the prosecutor in Hawaii, who had been asked to re-examine Strike, that xxxx may have been a room mate of Strike's.

In my case there has been a clear and deliberate attempt as well as making false and misleading statement to the Maui Prosecutor,” said xxxx today. 
“They have been using a lame ass excuse of "cannot interfere" with the Thai investigation but that does not preclude them providing me exculpatory evidence under the US Constitution. 
“They have withheld this information intentionally for three months and failed to disclose it prior to or at the time of my arrest.  That is not to mention their negligence when they extradited Steve without informing local law enforcement.”

Currently two mistrails have been declared in Thailand. In one of the cases, that of Gregory Miller, the FBI were highly involved. And allegations have been made by a star witness in that case against a local FBI agent.


1 comments:

  1. If what that is implied in this story actually happened, I hope he sues for a very large amount of money. If this FBI agent has been negligent or withheld facts that could of cleared Hobbs, he should lose his job and be prosecuted.

    In cases involving child abuse there is no room for guess work or convicting people by association. These child abusers are cunning and secretive and anybody might know one or even work with one without knowing. The police must be 100% certain and have the evidence before going public with a person's name.

    As we can see, once charged it can be very hard to get out of the system and the media these days are only after a sensational headline. Actual investigative journalism has been replaced with more important news like what Myley Cyrus is or isn't wearing or whether Ian Thorpe is porking Ricky Martin or not.

    If innocent, I hope Hobbs sues, wins a shed load of cash, then donates a few bucks to Andrew for his cases which will probably be still going when he gets his payout. I can't think of anything worse a man can get accused of than child abuse. What is worse is if a so called trained FBI agent fudged the evidence because he was after the glory or browny points for the bust. Nothing is worse than an overly ambitious copper who puts his career path before justice.

    .........meanwhile Drew Noyes, Brian Goudie and David Hanks walk free -only in Thailand!

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