BANGKOK (NNT) - After the Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases yesterday (Nov 11) approved warrants for the arrest of a former chief of the Kaeng Krachan National Park and three other suspects in connection with the murder of Karen activist Porlajee "Billy" Rakchongcharoen, all four suspects turned themselves in to police today. The suspects insisted that they will fight the charges and will not flee
The former chief of Kaeng Krachan National Park, Chaiwat Limlikit-aksorn, together with Bunthaen Butsarakham, Thanaset Chaemthet and Kritsanaphong Chitthet, reported to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) this morning. The court had issued arrest warrants for the four men following the disappearance of the activist, who was last seen in Phetchaburi province in 2014.
Mr. Chaiwat said he had seen the investigation process and was aware that the finding was aimed at him. The suspect added that it took only six months for the arrest warrants to be issued and the timing was unusually fast.
After Mr. Chaiwat was interviewed by members of the media, a group of DSI officers showed his arrest warrant. He was then taken into custody for questioning.
Today, the DSI dispatched several teams to look into areas connected with the murder of the Karen rights activist. One of the areas is the Chaiya Ratchaphruek farm in Kaeng Krachan district, Phetchaburi province, as footage from closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras shows that a vehicle carrying the activist was heading to the farm on the day he went missing.
Yesterday, the Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases approved warrants for the arrests of the four suspects on six charges. The charges include premeditated murder, coercion, illegal detention, assault, robbery and tampering with evidence to cover up a crime.