HIV-infected Czech national arrested in Phuket

A 52-year old Czech, identified as Zdenek Pfeifer, wanted for criminal transmission of HIV in Thailand, was apprehended in Phuket last night.

Cherng Talae station police in Phuket said Zdenek Pfeifer was arrested at 8.30pm by a joint police force of Phuket and Cherng Talae police.

Details of the arrest of the criminal was not immediately known but he was now under detention at Cherng Talae police station pending immediate deportation by authorities.

Earlier yesterday police have launched a nation-wide manhunt for the dangerous man who has allegedly slept with several young men and women despite the fact that he has AIDS.

An urgent order was sent to the northern-based 5th provincial police bureau by the Royal Thai Police Office for the police there to arrest the 52-year old Czech, against whom an arrest warrant was issued by the Interpol.

Earlier Pol Maj-Gen Pongdet Prommeechit, deputy commissioner of 5th provincial police bureau, described the Czech as a dangerous man and instructed police, especially in eight northern police, to arrest him on sight because of his sexual behavior of spreading AIDS to men and women.

He said the man was wanted in Czech Republic before he escaped to Thailand about three years ago and was reported to have travelled to several tourist destinations in Thailand during which, it was believed, that he had sex with several people.

Pongdet said the man had not been seen some time but police believe he is still in Thailand somewhere. He warned Thai women to stay away from this man and to report to the police of his whereabout.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)