THE TWENTY-THREE suspects in a Chinese grey business case with charges including drug trafficking, money laundering and transnational crime, among whom is Mr. Chaiyanat “Tu Hao” Kornchaiyanan, all pleaded not guilty today (Jan. 23), Naewna newspaper said.
In the lawsuit filed by the narcotics office prosecutors at the Bangkok South Criminal Court Mr. Huang Haitao was named the first defendant, Tu Hao the second defendant with others being Chinese, Thai and Cambodian nationals as well as five companies.
They are facing charges under the Narcotics Code, Anti-Money Laundering Act B.E. 2542 (1999), Immigration Act B.E. 2522 (1979), the Royal Ordinance Concerning the Management of Employment of Foreign Workers B.E.2560 (2017), Entertainment Place Act B.E. 2509 (1966), Firearms and Ammunition Act B.E. 2490 (1947) and violations of Criminal Code Sections 32, 33, 83, 91 and 209.
The court read out the charges and asked them to enter their plea and all pleaded not guilty.
A hearing has now been scheduled for March 27, 2023.
The lawyer for the 12th defendant asked for postponement of today’s pretrial examination of the case’s evidence in order to get new material from the prosecutor and this has now been scheduled for tomorrow from 9 a.m. onwards.
Mr. Chaiyanat Kornchaiyanant, alias Tu Hao, surrendering to police. Top photo: Matichon, Front Page photo: Thai Rath
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