German fugitive’s photo in Thailand leads to arrest

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 04 Jul 2019


A GERMAN man, whose photo of himself selling BBQ chicken with his wife in Thailand went viral online, was discovered to be a fugitive on the run, reported China Press.

Maximilian Fernsebner, 34, was wanted in his native Germany on charges related to drug trafficking, robbery and child pornography, said Immigration Bureau chief Pol Lt-General Sompong Chingduang.

Fernsebner caught the attention of the authorities when pictures of him helping his Thai wife Nong Naen sell BBQ chicken in the Pak Chong district were circulated online and also featured in several news reports.

The Immigration department discovered that Fernsebner was wanted on an arrest warrant issued by Interpol in 2017.

It was also reported that Fernsebner went into hiding when police came knocking at his address in Pak Chong.

To evade capture, the fugitive submerged himself in a lake with a plastic pipe to breathe underwater.

He gave himself up on Tuesday and asked to be handed over to the German embassy.


> Security patrols, fences and signboards were not enough to deter tourists who were determined to leave a park in southwest China with lotus flowers as souvenirs, reported China Press.

The Longqiao Cultural and Ecological Park was forced to close for the rest of the year because hundreds of tourists stripped it of its lotus flowers, which are the park’s key attraction.

“We erected fences and repaired them at least five times this year,” said a frustrated park manager.

Some tourists blatantly ignored park staff’s pleas. Pictures of tourists wading through the park’s lakes while picking dozens of lotus flowers have gone viral online.

“We dare not stop them. If we’re filmed to have done so it would be misconstrued as us manhandling tourists. In the end we had to resort to making a police report,” said a park attendant who was pushed by tourists after he tried to tell them not to break one of the fences.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item. 

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