EXCLUSIVE: Kent CEO of Global Investments arrested on international arrest warrant from Thailand
A KENT international businessman is facing extradition over allegations he operated an unregulated pension investment scheme in Thailand.
Neil Arthur Robbirt, 59, (pictured above from Linkedin) was arrested in Kent on an international arrest warrant (IAW) from Thailand.
At a Westminster Magistrates' Court hearing this month, he was remanded in custody until October 8 when he will be released on conditional bail if he meets all the conditions.
Robbirt, from Smarden, in Ashford, Kent, is listed on Linkedin as CEO of Global Investments operating in Africa and Latin America.
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The IAW alleges that "on dates unknown between 2001 and 2006 in the territory of Thailand, he engaged in securities and investments business, when he was not authorised or had permission to do so from the Thai authorities."
It says this was contrary to section 19 and 23 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.
In 2016 it was reported in Thailand that Robbirt was subject of a criminal complaint by the Thai Securities Exchange Commission to the Royal Thai Police for operating without a licence there.
By December that year it was reported that he contacted clients announcing his departure from Thailand, saying he was looking to spend more time in Africa and Latin America.
It was reported he had advised at the time more than 100 clients to invest and had received about $500,000 of investors monies as commission for advising expatriate investors to invest their retirement funds.
CEO: Robbirt from a company website picture when he was based in Thailand (Global Investments)
Robbirt, whose offshore companies were also identified in the 2016 Panama Papers leak of law firm Mossack Fonseca client information, had been operating in Thailand since 1994.
In January 2007 he was quoted as a witness to the Bangkok bombings terror strikes.
The Global Investments website says it has offices in Nairobi, Kenya, Mexico City and Pasay City in the Philippines.
The website states: "Global Investments International Limited are proud to be one of the most reputable and well-established names in the financial services industry, providing Wealth Management services to over 3,000 clients since 1994.
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"With a keen focus on delivering service excellence, we offer financial planning, private banking and investment management solutions to expatriates, high-net-worth individuals, trusts and family offices across the world." To ensure bail, Robbirt must deposit a £50,000 security deposit with the court. His passport has been retained by police and he must reside at his home with an electronically-monitored curfew between 11pm and 4am daily. He is not to enter any international travel hub and must keep his mobile phone switched on and fully charged on his person 24 hours a day. The case was adjourned.