Thai Police Arrest Hong Kong Photographer

August 24, 2015

NewsStandOnline,Net (24-August-2015): A Hong Kong photographer today said he had been detained in Thailand for carrying a ballistic vest and helmet while covering the aftermath of last week’s deadly shrine bombing.

Anthony Kwan Hok-chun, who works for the Hong Kong-based Initium media group, was held by police after trying to depart Suvarnabhumi airport yesterday afternoon. “Still waiting at the airport police station,” he said. “All I know is I am going to court.”

Thai Police Arrest Hong Kong Photographer

International media have flocked to Thailand following last Monday’s deadly shrine bombing, which cut down 20 people, mostly Asian tourists, in the heart of one of Bangkok’s busiest shopping districts and wounded scores more.

No arrests have been made with the police scrambling to identify the perpetrators of an attack that has sent shockwaves through the country’s vital tourist sector. The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand criticised Kwan’s arrest, adding they had been told the photographer would be tried in a military court.

“He is being charged with possessing an illegal weapon, which carries a prison sentence of up to five years, and which will be tried in a military court,” the FCCT said in a statement. “Body armour and helmets used by journalists are not offensive weapons and should not be treated as such,” the group added.