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Japanese weapons collector to face court on Friday

May 10. 2018
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By Kornkamon Aksorndech
The Nation

Neither the Japanese Embassy, nor the relatives of a 27-year-old gun collector arrested on Wednesday at Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport, had posted bail for the man’s release by Thursday afternoon.

Takeru Hirano was arrested after officers found a disarmed anti-personnel mine and 23 rifle magazines in his bag as he was about to board a flight back to Japan.

Police said they would bring Hirano to apply for a criminal court’s detention order on Friday and would not oppose his bail application, said Metropolitan Police Area 2 deputy chief Pol Colonel Khomsak Sumangkaset on Thursday.

The Japanese national was initially charged with possessing weapons without a required Thai registration permit, carrying dangerous weapons in an airport and importing weapons into the Kingdom without permission.

Khomsak said the man confessed that the items were his and said he had bought them thinking they were harmless souvenir pieces from Ho Chi Minh City to add into his collection.

He told police that he didn't know his action was against Thai law as he was allowed to bring them aboard a flight from Vietnam to Thailand on April 25.

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