Awarded Queen Elizabeth eco-activist paid extortionists 1.4 million baht in bitcoin

Co-founder of Avelife Singaporean organizations engaged in social and environmental projects, mark Chen was kidnapped a business partner in Thailand. Extortionists demanded a ransom of 1.4 million Thai baht (about $46 thousand), writes The New Paper.

January 9, Chen and his colleague Li Wei Kim arrived in Bangkok international airport where they took a taxi and went in Chachoengsao province. However, when they stopped at the gas station, the car ran over people in masks who force transplanted them into a black Ford Ranger. Later it turned out that this truck belongs to the Thai actor Chano Pemberger.

Chen drugged and tortured, transporting from place to place till he paid the ransom in bitcoin. After that, he managed to escape.

January 12, the police found that Lee Wei Kim orchestrated the kidnapping. He was arrested and charged with robbery, assault, unlawful detention and possession of firearms. Kim pleaded guilty on all counts. The police managed to regain most of the purchase.

Chano Pemberger is also under investigation.

It is noteworthy that last year the Singapore police force accused Mark Chen in the appropriation of more than $300,000 that belonged to one of the investment companies, and released him on bail.

In 2016, Chen received the award from Queen Elizabeth II for the project which allowed older people to exchange recyclable materials for products.

Recall that in December 2019 pseudo-FSB officers threatened to torture kidnapped the trader from St. Petersburg 55 million rubles in the cryptocurrency.


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