Foreigners Arrested for Diving in Thailand

Two foreigners have been arrested, deported, and blacklisted from Thailand after taking videos of illegal activities harming marine life off the coast of Koh Phangan.

Francesco Simonetti and Attila Otti posted a video of themselves touching, poking, and prodding sea creatures which were reported to Thailand’s Natural Resources and Environment Minister who ordered their arrests. Thailand law requires that a person intending to violate the law to be found guilty. However, it is unclear whether the foreigners intended to harm or were diving recreationally.

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