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Australian fugitive arrested in Bangkok

AAP logoAAP 18/11/2016 Ron Corben

A 69-year-old Australian man facing charges in Queensland of abduction and torture has been arrested in Thailand and is to be extradited to Australia.

Guido Eglitis was detained on Thursday at a hotel in Bangkok by Thai police following a tip-off.

Queensland police issued a warrant for Eglitis' arrest after he fled Australia in 2007 while on bail for charges of kidnapping, torture and extortion of Brisbane businessman Ronald Ryton-Benson.

Eglitis' arrest comes just a fortnight after he was seen drinking at a bar in the entertainment area of Sukhumvit Road, a key tourist and residential area in central Bangkok.

The Australian had been deported from Cambodia after being released from Siem Reap provincial prison.

Eglitis had served a one-year sentence for various charges including assault in 2015.

Born in Germany, Eglitis served 16 years in the Royal Australian Navy and after leaving the service, became involved in fraud and share trading scams.

Thai crime suppression division deputy superintendent Police Lieutenant Colonel Anak Prasongsuk told local media Eglitis had claimed he was unaware he was still wanted in Australia because he had served a one-year sentence for the offence.

Thai officials said they were working with Australian authorities to speed up the extradition process.

Another wanted Australian, Robert Gee, 58, is also awaiting extradition in Thailand after being arrested in September on the resort island of Phuket.

Gee is facing charges in Australia over a multimillion-dollar drug trafficking network; he fled the country in 2011.

Thai legal sources say Gee faces additional charges in Thailand for holding a false Canadian passport although court proceedings have been delayed.

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