The 4,000-page case report was forwarded to public prosecutors at the Ratchada Criminal Court, Col Jirapob Puridet, chief of Crime Suppression Division’s subdivision 1, said yesterday (Sept 13).
Col Jirapob said he was confident the evidence compiled would be enough to prove the 52-year-old retired police lieutenant colonel was guilty of the premeditated murder charge, adding the police investigation did not find any accomplice.
Mr Chuwong was found dead in Lt Col Banyin’s Lexus sport utility vehicle after it struck a roadside tree in Prawet district of Bangkok, on June 26 last year. Banyin, who was the driver, insisted they were friends and it was a fatal accident but police suspected he had Mr Chuwong murdered in the staged accident to cover up the crime.
The accident was similar to one in which Banyin’s former wife Rosarin was found dead in their vehicle in Nakhon Sawan province 25 years ago.
Col Jirapob said the statute of limitations for that case had expired but the incident was mentioned in Mr Chuwong’s case file.
Lt Col Banyin, a former deputy commerce minister, was arrested on June 28 at a resort in Nakhon Ratchasima and was released by Phra Khanong Court the next day on bail of B2 million on the condition he must not le
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