THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL filed a string of charges against a key Chinese grey capitalist suspect and 40 others today (Jan. 19) with drug-related offences carrying maximum death penalty, Thai Rath newspaper said this evening.
At 3 p.m. today Ms. Naree Tantasathien, the attorney-general, ordered the Office of Narcotics Litigation to submit the 332-page indictment of Mr. Chaiyanat “Tu Hao” Kornchaiyanan and 40 others to Southern Bangkok Criminal Court with the police told to chase and arrest those suspects still on the run.
Among the charges the suspects face are setting up an organised crime to distribute category one narcotics and categories two and four psychotropic substances, money laundering, holding firearms, operating a transnational network to commit serious crime, running entertainment venues without permit and allowing foreigners without work permit to work in their business.
Mr. Kosolwat Intuchanyong, deputy spokesman of the Attorney-General’s Office, said Ms. Naree only received the police report on Jan. 13 and worked everyday including over the weekend on this case.
He added that the drug-related offences carry maximum death penalty with the statute of limitations being 30 years.
In October last year police raided three adjacent buildings in Yanawa district with two of them run as Jinling and Leela nightclubs and the third Wip Wup car wash. Police said they were mainly for Chinese customers with there being drug parties and gambling taking place.
Police found drugs and drug paraphernalia strewn across the floor with ketamine also found in a storeroom. The workers tried to destroy the drugs but failed to completely do so because of the large quantity there.
Mr. Chaiyanat Kornchaiyanant, alias Tu Hao, surrendering to police. Top photo: Thai Rath, Front Page photo: Matichon