The Case of the Blue Diamond
“The case of The Blue Diamond” In 1989 a Thai National was employed as a Janitor at a Saudi Royal Palace. The Thai stole the ” Blue Diamond” along with a superb collection of Diamond Jewelery whose Value was Estimated at 20 Million Dollars ( Saudi Princes Seldom Shop at Wall-mart!!!) and sent them back to Thailand via DHL!!! Upon his return to Thailand the Thai Police arrested the Janitor and recovered the Diamonds. A number of Thai Police Officers under the Command of Lieutenant-General Chalor Kerdthes traveled to Saudi Arabia to return the Jewels. Subsequently the Saudi Authorities found that about 75% of the Stones were fake and that the “Blue Diamond” was missing!!
Sending back fake Jewels while keeping the originals must have seemed highly amusing to the Men in charge in Bangkok!! These Thai Despots while no doubt Cunning displayed a monumental lack of Judgement in treating the Saudis as if they were a bunch of Backward Bedouin!! The Cretinous Thai Generals imagined that the Saudi Prince was so rich that he would simply nip down to Van Cleef & Arples, flourish his Platinum Amex Card and purchase another $20 million’s worth of Baubles!! In fact the Saudis were Completely and Utterly Outraged at this affront to their dignity and were determined to get the real Diamonds back!!
Mohammad AL-Ruwaili a Saudi Businessman with connections to the Saudi Royal Family flew to Thailand to try and ascertain what had become of the missing Diamonds. Mr. Al-Ruwaili was abducted and killed!! Three Months after this three Officials from the Saudi Embassy in Bangkok, whom it is assumed were from the Saudi Secret Service were Shot Dead, these Murders remain unsolved to this Day!!
Lieutenant-General Chalornt was later convicted of the Murder of the Wife and Son of a Thai Gem Dealer who was involved in the Affair!! Lieutenant-General Chalornt was sentenced to Death, but had His Sentence reduced to 50 Years Jail-time by King Bumibhol Adulyadet on the occasion of his 84th birthday anniversary.
Relations between Saudi Arabia and Thailand have never recovered. The number of Thais given Work Permits for Saudi Arabia dropped from more than Quarter of a Million in 1989 to 10,000 in 2008!! Diplomatic Links were Downgraded to the Status of Charge de Affair’e and Saudi Nationals were forbidden from Visiting Bangkok!!
It has been estimated that in the intervening 20 Years the loss in remittances from Thai Workers alone has cost Thailand 6 Billion Dollars!!! In light of this it can be argued that the Top Brass in Bangkok who decided to keep the Diamonds have apart from getting some pretty Trinkets for their Wives and Mistresses rather got the short end of the Stick for their Country!! The fact that Thailand is an extremely Prosperous Country has come about in spite of and not because of the Cretins who Govern it!!
While the Murders of the four Saudis have never been solved the involvement of the Thai Police is strongly indicated. In fact six other more Junior Thai Police Officers were convicted of involvement in the Murders of the Gem Dealers Wife and Son. Now some twenty Years down the Road whoever has the bulk of the Stones including “The Blue Diamond” is still being protected by the faceless figures who control the Levers of Power in Thailand!! All of the Forgoing is testament to the immense (Almost unlimited) power which is invested in the Top Generals of the Thai Police by their Political Masters!!
*At a gala dinner in Bangkok soon after the incident, wives of the Thai generals and leading politicians fiercely competed in showing off their jewelry. The Thai newspapers’ photographers caught pictures showing diamond necklaces belonging to the Saudi royal family. The pictures were shown to Saudi officials who also confirmed its similarity. The Thai ladies, however, denied their authenticity.” (Another?) sighting of the jewels is alleged to have occurred at a Red Cross event (date unspecified).*
* I pinched the above Paragraph from Jotman .com and have placed a link to it in the Blogroll !! For anyone interested in reading further details which have come to light and which Chronicle the extent of the cover up by the Thai Police and also an Article entitled Exposing the Thai Police makes fascinating reading!! In fact the scale of the Cover Up is totally Mind Boggling and some of the nonsense the Saudis were being asked to believe explains why they have been Quite this Pissed Off for over 20 Years!!
In relation to the behavior of the Thai Police in this Case, given that they were involved in the Murder of a friend of the Saudi Arabian Royal Family and three Saudi Arabian Diplomats. It is all too apparent that making any Falang disappear for whatever reason is not something that would cause them any qualms whatsoever. With this in mind I would once again remind all Falang that Thailand is a Dangerous Country and that anything which could lead to involvement with the Thai Police is to be avoided at all costs!!