The victim at the centre of a fraud and romance scam has been told she will be entitled to compensation from the government as a result of her wrongful detention in a Thai prison.
After she was initially charged by officers for being involved with the scam.
An announcement was made today by justice official Mr Yonguth Thamnitayakul at the Tak Provincial Court after 24-year-old Nicha Kiartanaphaibul was summoned to the court for a second time after being released on bail of 80,000 baht for her alleged involvement in the fraud case.
She was informed by justice officials that she has a legal right to seek compensation from the Justice Fund as a result of her wrongful incarceration in the Tak detention centre.
She was held at the centre for a total of three days before being granted bail by an appeals court after two previous bail requests were denied.
Ms Nicha will now be reimbursed for her lawyer fees, travel expenses, hotel fees after having to travel to Tak for the court summons.
A meeting between Justice Fund officials made up of a 15 member committee and the Justice Minister will soon be held to discuss the amount of reparation Ms Nicha will be offered for her wrongful detention as a result of human rights violation.
The court has also agreed to return in full the 80,000 baht bail that she paid after ruling that she was the victim of identity theft and not involved in the romance scam.
It was reported that those responsible for the scam used Ms Nicha’s identity to open 9 fraudulent bank accounts into which they deposited their ill-gotten gains.
Following the media attention this story generated the government yesterday requested that citizens here in Thailand who had undergone plastic surgery update their photo ID’s as banks all across the kingdom will be increasing security checks for customers.
They said by making sure people’s appearance was up to date on their ID’s it would reduce any chance of confusion when asked to produce identification.
Source : ThaiPBS
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