Jean-Claude Arnaud Dubus
The French Embassy in Bangkok has confirmed the death of one of its staff. The 55-year-old Frenchman was pronounced dead after falling from a BTS platform on Monday afternoon.
Jean-Claude Arnaud Dubus> was discovered on the concrete floor at exit no. 3 of the BTS station Saphan Taksin in Bangkok’s Yanawa district at about 15:40.
Police have viewed CCTV footage of the area to reconstruct the events. “Mr Dubus arrived with a motorbike taxi at 15:40 and bought a ticket to gain access to the BTS platform,” Pol Lt Col Nat Manat, deputy superintendent of Yanawa Police Station said.
“He proceeded onto the 3rd floor and could be seen on the recording climbing over the railing.” Mr Dubus then fell to the ground and was found by a pedestrian about five minutes later, police said.
According to an early report on Khaosod Online, Mr Dubus was still alive moments after the impact. However, he passed away before rescuers of the Poh Teck Tung Foundation arrived on the scene to render first aid due to severe injuries to his head.
Mr Dubus, who was married to a Thai wife, had been living in Bangkok since 1989. He worked as a well-respected journalist> and researcher with a focus on Buddhism and politics. In 2018, he became a deputy information officer at the French Embassy in Bangkok.
Police are treating this case as a suicide.
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