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Banyin due in court despite escape fear

Banyin due in court despite escape fear

BANGKOK: Convicted former deputy commerce minister Banyin Tangpakorn will testify in court on Monday (June 22) under maximum security protection despite concerns over a possible escape attempt and a plot to kidnap the wife of a prison chief.

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By Bangkok Post

Monday 22 June 2020, 09:03AM


Pol Lt Col Banyin Tangpakorn is being held in prison for forgery and has been accused of kidnapping and killing the brother of a Bangkok South Criminal Court judge. Photo: Bangkok Post

Pol Lt Col Banyin Tangpakorn is being held in prison for forgery and has been accused of kidnapping and killing the brother of a Bangkok South Criminal Court judge. Photo: Bangkok Post

The Office of the Judiciary denied a request by the Department of Corrections to have Pol Lt Col Banyin testify by video conference from Bang Kwang Central Prison where he has been in solitary confinement since Thursday after the revelation of his jailbreak scheme emerged, reports the Bangkok Post.

The Department of Corrections had expressed concern an escape attempt might occur during the journey from Bang Kwang Central Prison in Nonthaburi province to the Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases on Nakhon Chaisi Road in Bangkok’s Dusit district.

Sarawut Benjakul, secretary-general of the Office of the Judiciary, said Pol Lt Col Banyin and his lawyer legally need to show up in court to be presented with certain documents and evidence.

Today, Pol Lt Col Banyin will be interrogated in court on charges of kidnapping and killing the brother of a Bangkok South Criminal Court judge in February.

That kidnapping was aimed at pressuring the judge into dismissing a B300-million stock fraud case against him.

The CSD discovered the latest escape plot when a team arrested a 42-year-old man, Suthon “Joe” Thongsiri, in Bang Kapi district shortly after he was released on bail from Bangkok Remand Prison.

And if the prison break attempt failed, the former deputy minister reportedly told Joe to kidnap the wife of the Bang Kwang Central Prison chief to bargain for his release.

According to a source, Pol Lt Col Banyin had a lawyer apply for Suthon’s release and told Suthon to contact an MP in Nakhon Sawan for help. The MP refused to get involved.

 

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CaptainJack69 | 22 June 2020 - 12:05:25

I wonder at what point does a specimen like this stop being "Police Lieutenant Colonel"? Maybe he's not been convicted yet (on these charges anyway) but if the case against him is strong enough to land him in Bang Kwang then it's definitely strong enough for a dishonorable discharge from the police force. TIT

 

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