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Tattoo Photos on Facebook Lead to Arrest of wanted gang Member


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Thai police said they have arrested Shigeharu Shirai a 74-year-old fugitive Japanese gang member in a province north of Bangkokwho.

He was recognized when photos of his full-body tattoos were circulated online.

A police statement said was arrested Wednesday where he has been hiding for over 10 years to evade murder charges in Japan in connection with the death of a rival gang member.

His arrest came after photos of him posted on Facebook by somebody impressed by the man’s tattoos. The post was shared over 10,000 times and some users identified the former gang member.

He got married to a Thai woman and kept a low profile over the past decade, police said.

Shirai will face illegal entry charges before he is handed over to Japanese authorities, the police statement said.

Shirai was a members of small rival factions affiliated with the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan’s largest yakuza, or underworld, syndicate.

Tattoos on the back, upper arms and a missing tip of a little finger are trademarks of Japanese yakuza.


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