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Ex-broker summoned over suspicious share transfer


FORMER stockbroker Uracha Wachirakulton has been summoned to provide testimony on Tuesday in the share-transfer linked to murdered tycoon Chuwong Saetang.

“Police will summon all involved parties to give testimony and gather evidence to conclude the case regarding Chuwong’s death, which should take about 48 days,” Maj-General Charn Wimonsri, acting commissioner of the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) said.
He added: “Police also have enough evidence to prosecute former deputy commerce minister Banyin Tangpakorn [for Chuwong’s murder] but details can’t be given, as it could affect the ongoing investigation.” 
Charn said police would proceed carefully and would prosecute everyone linked to the case according to evidence. 
An informed source reported that investigators were considering summoning an unnamed politician’s younger brother who was in the same golfing group as Banyin.
Banyin was this week arrested at a Nakhon Ratchasima resort and charged with the premeditated killing of Chuwong. He was released on bail with a court order not to leave the country. 
The source said that on the day of Banyin’s arrest, when police found Uracha and friends with him, CSD superintendent Colonel Jirapop Phuridej had officials search the resort room Banyin stayed and check CCTV footage at the resort. 
As it was found that the politician’s brother reserved the room for Banyin, police would soon question him and other golfing friends of Banyin.
The source said police were probing links between Banyin and Uracha because the ex-deputy commerce minister had claimed he didn’t know her during police interrogations last year. 
Chuwong, 50, was found dead on the front passenger seat of a car driven by Banyin that hit a tree beside a road in Prawet district in Bangkok on June 26 last year. 
Chuwong’s relatives complained that the death was suspicious, given Bt260 million in shares belonging to Chuwong had been transferred to two women, including Uracha, just days before his death.

Published : July 01, 2016

By : DONRAWEE SUDPHUM THE NATION