Egyptian deported for 10-year overstay

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An Egyptian man who created a life for himself in Pattaya was arrested for overstaying his visa for 10 years.

Talaat Salah Soliman Ibrahim, 47, was taken into custody Oct. 31 by officers sent to his Soi Khao Noi commercial building. The Egyptian tried to flee, but has tackled and shackled.

Ibrahim could not produce a passport, saying it was with a friend he could not contact.

A check at the Chonburi Immigration Office found he had entered Thailand a decade ago and never left. There were no records of him ever crossing a border checkpoint and no visas or extensions. He also had not obtained Thai permanent residency or citizenship.

He was prepared for deportation and a 10-year banishment from the Kingdom.