BANGKOK, 22 August 2013 Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Promnok has confirmed that only nine people have been found using the lost visa slips to enter Thailand while assuring that an investigation into the matter is underway.
After the government was alerted to the disappearance of 300 visa slips from the Thai embassy in Kuala Lumpur, one Cameroonian and one Guinean reportedly presented such slips to immigration officials in the northeastern province of Mukdahan before being arrested. Seven others were also apprehended at Suvarnabhumi Airport for using the lost documents–three Pakistanis, two Iranians and two Indians. Authorities are taking legal actions against all of them.
The Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already cancelled the remaining 291 visa slips but has not yet interrogated the nine people whether they are related to terrorist movements. The ministry is responsible of finding out if its officials were involved in the visa slips’ disappearance and will be looking for measures to prevent the same incident from happening again in the future.