70 Phuket ‘Mafia’ Taxi Drivers Get Dates With Court

Taxis with a variety of plates – green yellow and 'black' – in the Phuket Provincial Court parking lot on 18 August, 2014 [The Phuket News].

(The Phuket News)

PHUKET — Seventy taxi drivers attended Phuket Provincial Court this morning to hear when cases against them will be heard.

The 70 are involved in eight joint “mafia taxi” cases and face charges that include cheating tourists, criminal association, and illegal detention of other people

They are from the 108 arrested at the beginning of the army-backed police crackdown on mafia taxi activities on June 4. Most have already denied guilt.

A taxi driver from Kamala area who does not want to be name said in a depressed voice, “These charges are just too much. I have no idea why this has happened to me. It would be better if the police had discussed things with us before deciding to bring charges.”

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