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Udon Thani: Star defrocked as monk, arrested for scamming

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A well known star has been arrested in a scam based at the Udon Thani Lotus Condotel.

Thai police from the Economic Crime Suppression division came for their man this Sunday at a temple in Nakhon Ratchasima province. A well-known singing star who had been ordained a monk there. On June 12th last, a Thai court had issued an arrest warrant for Sittichai Pabchompu in relation to a credit card fraud racket run at an Udon Thani hotel in December and January of this year.

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Suspect Kaeng Krachan park staff transferred

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Alleged witnesses to the arrest of activist Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen have been moved to other posts as Thailand’s DSI pursues the murder investigation.

Source:  https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1744584/4-kaeng-krachan-park-staff-transferred

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DSI: Missing Karen activist “Billy” bones discovered

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BANGKOK — The Department of Special Investigation said Tuesday that bone fragments of a Karen community rights activist missing since 2014 have been found.

At a presser on Tuesday, the Department of Special Investigation said that bone fragments belonging to Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen, who went missing after being detained in Kaeng Krachan National Park in April 2014, match those of his mother.

The bone fragments were found in May inside a 200-liter oil tank submerged in water near a suspension bridge inside Kaeng Krachan National Park in Phetchaburi province.

“The tank that was found was burnt. The bones were also burnt,” DSI deputy chief Kornwat Panpraphakorn said.

The DSI said parts of the bone fragments, which came from the skull, share DNA with Billy’s mother, Pairoh Rakchongcharoen.

Activists have accused then-director of Kaeng Krachan National Park Chaiwat Limlikhit-aksorn of engineering the disappearance of the local Karen activist.

Several suspects have been questioned, but officials refused to name them and said that the investigation is still ongoing.

Chaiwat and several park officials briefly detained Billy on April 17, 2014 to reprimand him for “wild honey theft” but claim they later released him without charge. Billy, a campaigner for community rights, had not been seen since. His friends and family fear the 30-year-old activist was abducted and murdered for his opposition to the government’s eviction efforts.

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A written press release issued by the investigation committee today concluded that the burning of the bones was an attempt to cover up the murder, reasoning the bones must have been exposed to flames between 200 to 300 degrees celsius. The committee called it “a heinous crime.”

More than one investigator at the presser stressed that the Karen activist could not possibly be alive as the bone fragments came from vital parts of the body, such as the left side of Billy’s skull.

DSI Chief Pol. Col. Paisit Wongmuang refused to spell out how Billy might have died, though he acknowledged the burnt state of the bones and oil tank. Four burnt wooden sticks and two metal rods have also been found.

“Whether he died through torture is something we will look into through collecting evidence,” Paisit also said.

Former National Human Rights Commissioner Angkhana Neelapaijit posted on Facebook after the press conference that the two metal rods may have been used to lock the metal drum’s lid in place while the body burned.

When asked about the significance of the two metal rods by a reporter, the DSI refused to elaborate.

Divers located the underwater oil drum by using sonar machines.

Nearby, investigators also found 20 more bone fragments underwater in August, which are awaiting DNA tests.

The DSI has asked anyone with information regarding the case to call their center at 1202.

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Sakon Nakhon man fakes own kidnapping to get ransom cash from parents

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In one of the more lame stories of desperation (was he addicted to meth?) a Son has faked his own kidnapping to get ransom cash, story here on Thai Residents.

Vichian 47 years old and Janya 45 years old came to the Udon Thani Police Station on the 5th of this month (September 2019) to tell the police that their son’s abduction was fake as they previously came to file a report on the abduction on the 3rd. Turns out that Anucha 27 years old called the parents one day stating that a group of men had abducted him because he borrowed some money from a loan shark and they demanded 40,000 THB in exchange with his release.

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The parents live in Sakon Nakhon Province, but the son told them he was abducted in Udon Thani so the parents came to file a report with the Udon Thani Police. The parents were extremely worried for their son’s safety and asked the police for help. After the news went public the son called the parents on the 4th at 4 am to admit that he was safe. The son told them he made the story up, but he still wanted the 40,000 THB.

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