THE gruesome kidnap-murder of a Chinese music student last week has led to Metropolitan police rescanning the background of Chinese nationals who have come to Thailand and look into pending cases, Naewna newspaper said this afternoon (Apr. 5).
Pol. Maj. Gen. Noppasin Poolsawat, deputy chief of Metropolitan Police Bureau, said all metropolitan units had been ordered to reexamine pending cases involving Chinese nationals, including ransom-kidnapping, over the past year to see if there is any similarity to this one and if so inform the headquarters.
Currently there are three Chinese embezzlement cases in the metropolitan area.
Aside from all metropolitan police units rescanning the background of Chinese citizens who have come here, immigration police will also be checking retroactive surveillance records in neighbouring countries,
A passing farmer found the swollen body Ms. Jin San, 21, a third year student at Bangkok Thonburi University, partly stuffed in a sack at an irrigation canal of a deserted banana plantation in Nonthaburi last week. She had been strangled and cut with a sharp object on her arms, legs and many other parts of her body.
Three Chinese suspects, Mr. Zhao Pengfei, 24, Mr. Chen Saikang, 23, and Mr. Zhao Xiongfei, 23, who fled Thailand have been arrested in China while a Thai woman has been arrested here.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Noppasin said the unidentified Thai woman had been interrogated in detail about whether there are others involved in the kidnap-murder of the Chinese woman but she has not mentioned anyone aside from the three Chinese suspects.
The Chinese authorities are coordinating bringing the three suspects back to Thailand as even though they could be prosecuted in their homeland they face a heavy penalty there even up to capital punishment. However discussions on this move are still continuing.
“The Thai suspect has confessed that she is the mastermind of this crime and planned the ransom-kidnapping and murder. It is her prerogative to confess to anything but the police have to check the testimony to ascertain the circumstances and whether she has the ability to do so or not.
“It has also to be verified whether her testimony is consistent with what the Chinese suspects have told police in their country or whether she is taking the blame for another person.
“The Chinese authorities will soon be sending investigative information to Thailand,” he said.
Top and Front Page: Mr. Jin Lipeng, 48, a music teacher who is the father of Ms. Jin San, is now in Thailand and was questioned by Bang Mae Nang police for two hours before taking flowers to perform a ceremony at the scene of the crime. Photos: Naewna
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