Danish Peter Jensen, who has been imprisoned in Thailand since November 2014, remains incarcerated. A case that the 50-year-old Dane has already won in two instances is still in the Thai legal system blocking for him to get back to Denmark.
On 5 November 2014, Danish Peter Jensen from the Northern Jutland in Denmark was arrested in Phuket, Thailand, as a result of an arrest warrant from Denmark. The warrant was sent from the Danish government due to VAT and tax fraud concerning more than 8 million DKK. After a year in Phuket Provincial Prison, he was sentenced to another 18 months due to a debt in Thailand that had been accumulated during his imprisonment.
Peter Jensen has been acquitted in his case twice, but now the case is to be tested by the Thai Supreme Court where the processing time can be long. The 50-year-old Dane has been told to expect between five and eight years of processing time and that this period will be spend behind bars.
Under normal circumstances, a foreigner can be released on bail, but, as Peter Jensen writes in a letter to the Danish newspaper Nordjyske, that cannot be done in his case. In his letter he refers to the international arrest warrant that the Danish authorities have sent out. Because of that, Peter Jensen cannot be released on bail, and therefore, he has been sentenced to two and a half years’ imprisonment up until publishing date.
According to the original plan, Peter Jensen was supposed to transfer back to Denmark in August 2016 where a case of serious VAT and tax fraud would be waiting for him. Now, it seems that the Danish prosecutor might as well have to cancel his plans of travelling to Thailand to pick up the imprisoned Dane.