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 Police fines Dutch couple for carrying Swiss army knife in car

Authorities today backed up police officers criticized for charging two Dutch citizens with carrying a Swiss army knife in their vehicle.

In a scene captured on video Tuesday by a passenger,  officers who'd stopped the car on the way to the airport in Bangkok ordered the driver out of the car to search the front storage console without clear cause.

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The Thai woman, who was unidentified, said in Thai she and another foreigner in the front seat both had Dutch passports, and were on their way to catch a flight back to Netherlands.

When police found the knife, the woman said she had it in her car because she sometimes drives alone in Thailand and carries it for self-defence.

Pol. Lt. Chamlong Promkal of Bangkok's Bangkhunon police department said today the officers normally set up checkpoints in their area and took the couple to the station to pay a fine because the knife was considered a weapon.

"I'd like to explain that people cannot just carry a knife in public. It's illegal," Chamlong told Daily News. "She could not claim she carried the knife for self-defence because there were three people in the car that night. If it was a woman traveling alone, we may have cut her some slack."

In the end, their Thai driver let police confiscate the knife and take a photo of a driver’s license to pay the fine at the police station later so the couple could catch their flight.
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