Passport pretender: Chinese lady’s Phuket Airport arrest sparks legal turbulence

A Chinese woman was arrested final evening for passport fraud at Phuket International Airport. The woman, identified as a 44 12 months outdated Chinese nationwide, Jian Qi, attempted to bypass immigration management utilizing a passport that didn’t belong to her, against the law that would result in a most of 10 years in jail and a nice of up to 200,000 baht under Thai law.
Jian Qi was apprehended around eleven.45pm at the international arrivals hall, as introduced by the Phuket Immigration Airport division. Oddly, her identification was revealed via a news article by Matichon, revealed just an hour before Phuket Immigration launched its official statement.
Jian Qi had arrived in Phuket from Shanghai on flight FM831. At the immigration control counter, she introduced a passport bearing the title of 28 year previous Yi Chih Han, a Chinese citizen. However, the biometric management system indicated that the face of the girl earlier than them only matched the passport photograph by 30%.
With no supplementary documents to support her identity and Shanghai Airlines personnel confirming that no particular person named Yi Chih Han had boarded the flight from China, Jian Qi was cornered. Initially, she tried to justify the discrepancy by claiming she had undergone a quantity of aesthetic surgical procedures. However, Guaranteed admitted to utilizing one other person’s passport reported Phuket News. Matichon reported…

“When asked about the usage of a unique individual’s passport for journey, the accused refused to reply the query.”

Following her passport fraud arrest, Jian Qi was taken to Sakhu Police Station and charged underneath Section 137 and Section 269/11 of the Thai Criminal Code.
Section 137 pertains to offering false info to a authorities official that could lead to hurt to others, carrying a most penalty of six months in prison, a ten,000 baht nice, or each.
Section 269/11, which relates to using someone else’s passport that could result in harm to others, carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail, a 200,000 baht fantastic, or both. This section additionally stipulates that lending your passport to another person for illicit use can be subject to legal consequences.
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