Danish tourists charged with rape in Thailand released on bail

The two Danish men who were arrested in Chiang Mai, charged of raping a 23-year-old Dutch tourist have now been released. Yesterday, February 28, the court decided to release the young Danes on bail until March 12, where they will have to appear in court. It is unknown whether the accused are still in Chiang Mai but their passports have been seized to prevent them from leaving the country.

The police arrested the two Danes while they were floating on a raft in the stream to see the scenery in Mawang, Chiang Mai. The men were arrested and taken to the police station, where they denied the accusations. The suspects refused to answer any questions or make any statements to police.

The incident was first reported to police on February 25 by the 23-year-old victim, a Dutch tourist, who came to the police station that morning at 8 a.m., said Pol. Lt. Col. Saipin Tijjarat, the detective officer of Muang Chiang Mai provincial police.

The victim said she had come to visit Chiang Mai alone for several days. On the night of February 24, she went to a bar, and while she was drinking there, at about 11 p.m. she met a Danish man,  and began talking to him. Later they both went to his room 302 on the 3rd floor, in Chiang Mai city.

When they reached his room, his two Danish friends were already there. Then the three men subdued and raped her, until each man had reached orgasm, without her consent. She could not fight against the three men, and then she passed out. When she woke up in the morning, the three men had gone. So she went out to notify to the police and also inform the embassy.

Pol. Col. Aksorn said there are three suspects in the rape case, and they know the identity of the third suspect. The police are now waiting for evidence to file a request to the court for a warrant.






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