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Thai police expand hunt for suspected Western paedophiles

By dpa news     Oct 27, 2007 in Crime
Thai police plan to publish photographs of 50 Western paedophiles identified by international authorities, many of whom are suspected to be in Thailand or neighbouring countries, media reports said Saturday.
Major General Wimon Pao-in, commander of the division on crimes against children, juveniles and women, said police would seek the public's help in locating suspects on the list, The Nation newspaper reported.
Canadian Christopher Paul Neil, 32, was arrested in Thailand last week after a global manhunt prompted by photographs published on the internet allowed local authorities to identify him on security videos entering the country on October 11.
Neil had fled from South Korea when the international police agency Interpol distributed his photos worldwide in a rare public plea for assistance.
Thai police located him in the north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima on October 19, acting on a tip from an informant.
Wimon said Neil was on the new list of 50 men accused of sexually abusing underage boys.
He said the majority on the list are German citizens. Other nationalities include British, Australian, Italian, Finnish and US.
Most of them had recorded sex acts with children and distributed the images on the internet, he said.
The list was prepared by a network of European police forces with Interpol's help.
Wimon said four others on the list had previously been arrested by his division, all in Chon Buri province, a coastal resort area that is notorious for Westerners seeking sex tourism.
He said arrest warrants have also been issued for three others known to have been in Chon Buri recently, identified as US citizen Grant Richard, 61, Briton Stephen James Allison, 55, and Finn Ilkka Ylikojola, 55. dpa tl wjh