THE court has issued warrants for the arrest of three Department of Special Investigation (DSI) officers who searched the residence of the former consul of Republic of Nauru, an island country and microstate in Oceania, and a short while later a Chinese grey business suspect’s condominium in Huai Kwang area, TV Channel 7 and Thai Rath newspaper said this afternoon (Jan. 28).
This stems from charges of trespassing and stealing from the condominium raided that same night.
They have been accused of demanding payoff at the former consul’s residence to release Chinese suspects for whom international arrest warrants had been issued.
Pol. Maj. Gen, Archayon Kraithong, the police spokesman, had said that the police team had demanded over 9 million baht from the Chinese suspects to not arrest them during the raid of this residence used by the gang as a hideout and passport-forging den earlier this month.
Huai Kwang police station had invited Nauru embassy officials in for questioning on the search of the ex-consul’s residence yesterday.
Deputy National Police Chief Pol. Lt. Gen. Surachate Hakparn, whose nickname is Big Joke, said Nauru embassy officials were questioned because of irregularities in the search of this residence with documents showing disparity in the timing.
Yesterday Mr. Traiyarit Temahiwong, DSI’s former chief who was recently transferred, met investigators at the Police Club on Vibhavadi Rangsit road to provide information about the search of the former consul’s residence.
Three telephones taken from the condominium have been returned and they have been sent to the forensic department to collect DNA evidence and extract data.
Top: The residence of the former consul of the Republic of Nauru in Sathorn area.
Front Page: The wanted DSI officers seen in a surveillance camera screengrab during a raid of the Chinese grey business suspect’s condo. Photos: TV Channel 7