A British professor working for the United Nations Environmental Programme was released from detention late last night after a Thai government turn-about – and his name was removed from the country’s blacklist.

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Wyn Ellis, from Swansea, an agriculturalist based in Bangkok, was released from cells air side in Bangkok International airport shortly after 9.30pm Thai time. He has been in custody since arriving in Bangkok last Thursday.

Earlier he had been told he would be deported back to Oslo on Thursday. The turn around in the attitude by the Thai authorities may have been as a result of international publicity.

Last night back at home in Bangkok Dr.Wynn said diplomatically: “I would like to thank the Immigration Department for their hospitality and assisting in my release.”

Wyn Ellis has been involved in a long standing battle with Thailand’s Director of the country’s National Innovation Agency, Supachai Lorlowhakarn after accusing him of stealing his material on which the director gained a Masters degree from Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University.

In captivity

Supachai took Dr. Ellis to court in nine different cases and lost them all. The order to blacklist Dr. Ellis was placed at the height of the legal action and was done at the request of the Director of the National Innovation Agency, who had lost face as a result of the allegations.

In fact Ellis won all his cases right through to Thailand’s Supreme Court and Supachai Lorlowhakarn was convicted of forgery and given a suspended sentence, and had his degree revoked by the University.

Earlier in the day Dr. Ellis from detention in Bangkok airport:

“The Immigration are being good to me. I have had my third shower and they gave me a good lunch yesterday. But not much else appears to be functioning and they insist I will have to go back to Norway, my last point of departure.  The airline said they would not take me to Singapore, which is preferable.

“British Ambassador Mark Kent has called me a couple of times saying he is trying to do something. But he does not appear to be having much success.”

The NIA had sent a letter to Thailand’s Immigration department withdrawing the original request for blacklisting. But it appears that was not acted on by the Immigration department and the blacklisting remained in place.

Over the years and during his trial in Thailand Dr. Ellis, whose stolen thesis included a section on the growing organic asparagus has had to be put under witness protection after receiving phone death threats and having rocks thrown at his car on the way to court.


  1. The good news is this story is on the English newspaper sites in Thailand. How this Thai guy keeps his job is another amazing Thailand feat. Surely there is an 'inactive' post available for him to be shuffled into.

  2. Just a thought…if the Thai authorities do back down and, who knows, even allow Dr. Ellis to stay in Thailand, does this mean that Supachai has lost even more face than before?
    And if so, is he likely to resort to even more drastic action than he has done hitherto – simply to "regain" his face?

  3. "…the Director of the National Innovation Agency, who had lost face as a result of the allegations."

    It's possible for a convicted thief to "lose face"? Only in Thailand.

  4. Well done to the Thai authorities for realising their mistake and putting it right. It's a pity the usual complainers who contribute here could not do the right thing also.

    1. "Putting it right?"
      Do you think that the Thai authorities, by putting Dr. Ellis in detention for 4 to 5 days, have "put things right?"
      You really are a numbskull Booby.
      For the life of me I don't know why AD hasn't banned you from posting.
      Still, you are good for a laugh.

  5. I can see quite a lot of blowback on Thai twitter to the effect he wasn't detained but chose to stay in the airport, and the media was co-opted into it… Even the likes of Korn not happy the way it was reported ..

    1. That's quite normal for the Thai media. I can assure you that if Wyn Ellis could have walked earlier he would have done. Thai media is totally xenophobic as is the country

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