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Roslan Benedia, A tourist in Thailand, was arrested after posting a video on TikTok showing him illegally fishing in a national park. The video sparked outrage from local citizens who viewed the clip online.
Roslan Benedia shared the video last week, in which he appears with two parrotfish, three unknown fish, and an eel, all stabbed in the head, on a boat in Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park. Fishing in national parks is illegal in Thailand. . Benedia later deleted the video from her TikTok account, but not before Thai officials saw it, prompting an arrest warrant.
Arrested after sharing a TikTok spearfishing clip online in a national park
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa shared the news of the arrest on August 15 in a social media post, reporting that a Special Operations Team brought Benedia in for questioning in Phuket.
According to Silpa-archa, Benedia admitted renting a Hua Tong boat from Phi Phi Don to Phi Phi Leh Island, as well as renting a harpoon gun nearby. He claimed that he did not know that the area was a national park.
Images shared online by Silpa-archa showed Benedia inside a police station with officers.
Police are currently continuing to investigate and collect evidence, and will prosecute according to law, according to reports. The minister confirmed that Benedia will face legal consequences, along with the owners of the boats and the supplier of the harpoons.
Last week, several officials spoke out against the video, seeking Benedia’s arrest. “I have ordered the local officials to quickly find the boatman and the foreign tourist to punish them because it is a very serious problem,” Sophon Thongee, director-general of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, told the Bangkok Post.
Benedia deleted the initial video, but has since posted an apology video, where he apologized for his actions and claimed not to have known it was illegal at the time.
“I just want to say that I am deeply, deeply sorry for what I did. I knew nothing about this and it was absolutely not my intention to catch those fish or even fish in an area like that where no fishing is allowed.”,” he said.
Benedia said he usually reviews the rules before spearfishing, something he does regularly as he travels the world. However, he said that Thailand is the “first time I felt so free, loved and welcomed” that it made him forget to check.
He also claimed there was a miscommunication with the boat driver who Benedia said spoke little English and failed to warn him not to fish in that area.
“I want to deeply apologize to the national wildlife, the police, the citizens of Thailand whom I have hurt,” he said.