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DSI to request arrest warrant for suspects in Billy’s murder

Nov 11. 2019
Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen
Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen
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By THE NATION

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A source from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) revealed on Monday (November 11) that its chief, Pol Colonel Paisit Wongmuang had met with the officers investigating the disappearance and murder of Karen activist Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen at the Kaeng Krachan National Park in Phetchaburi province.

After reviewing all the evidence, the meeting assigned one of its officers to travel to the Criminal Court to request an arrest warrant for Chaiwat Limlikhitaksorn, former superintendent of Kaeng Krachan National Park and 4 accomplices.

Billy was last seen in the park on April 17, 2014, when he was apprehended by Chaiwat, the park’s superintendent at the time, and four other officials for allegedly collecting wild-bee honey illegally. Billy was known to have had a continued dispute with Chaiwat, as the activist encouraged ethnic Karen living in the park to file a complaint against the park chief over alleged abuse.

In April 2019, human bones were retrieved from a submerged 200-litre oil drum found near a bridge leading to the Kaeng Krachan Dam in Phetchaburi. The drum contained two bones, including a piece of skull, which DNA testing identified as belonging to Billy.

 

Related Story: DSI insists it is working hard to solve Billy’s disappearance-turned-murder case

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