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Key Thai trafficking suspect surrenders

  • Published at 05:17 am May 19th, 2015

The prime suspect of human trafficking in Thailand has surrendered to police on Monday.

The man, Patchuban “Ko Tong” Angchotipan, is former chief of Satun province.

Patchuban was produced in a press conference at the Royal Thai Police Office on Monday afternoon, Bankok Post reported.

He, however, denied all the charges against him.

Patchuban reportedly fled three days before a warrant was issued for his arrest following the discovery of mass graves for Rohingya Muslim and Bangladeshi migrants at a number of detention camps in Songkhla province.

He said he had earlier contacted police to surrender, but kept it a secret for safety reasons.

Court permission would be sought to detain him for interrogation and police investigators would oppose his request for bail.

Maj Gen Puthichart said warrants have been issued for three more suspects based in Ranong.

In total, warrants had been issued for 65 suspects, of whom 29 have been arrested while the 35 others remained at large.