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Queensland woman on bail in Thailand


From: AAP May 29, 2012


AUTHORITIES have confirmed that a 51-year-old Queensland businesswoman has been arrested in Thailand for criminal defamation and later released on bail.


Clare Florence, a former NSW chairwoman of the Australia Thai Business Council, reportedly faces the prospect of a 12-month prison sentence and is on bail in Bangkok after being placed on a no-fly list.


Ms Florence, one of a number of people who provide advice or contacts for consultancy firm Business Management International (BMI), was arrested at Suvarnabhumi international airport in Bangkok on May 5 before she was released on bail of 50,000 baht ($1600).


A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) spokeswoman confirmed a woman was arrested and released on bail.


"Australian officials in Bangkok are providing her with consular assistance," the spokeswoman said yesterday.


BMI's chief executive Bruce Wunderlich told AAP the charges against Ms Florence were brought by Malaysian businessman Ronald Wai Choi Ng, the former managing director of Thai gold mining company Tongkah Harbour.


Mr Ng based the charge on things that he alleged Ms Florence had said in a private business meeting, Mr Wunderlich said.


He said Mr Ng has claimed to have a recording of the meeting but the illegal recording would be deemed inadmissible as evidence.


Lawyers for Ms Florence have said there is a potential case for wrongful arrest.


Source: The Australian

Please note that this posting is of a general nature only. It does not constitute legal or migration advice and may not apply to your particular circumstances.


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