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Court rejects bail plea of ex-minister suspected of killing judge’s brother

By THE NATION

 

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Banyin Tangpakorn

 

The Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases on Tuesday (February 25) denied bail to Pol Lt-Colonel Banyin Tangpakorn and five other accomplices who are suspects in the suspected murder of a brother of a Southern Bangkok Criminal Court judge.

 

The victim, Weerachai Sakuntaprasert, 67, who is still missing but presumed dead, is a brother of judge Panida Sakuntaprasert who has been working on a case in which Banyin is among defendants accused of fabricating and using forged documents to claim more than Bt300 million worth of shares belonging to deceased construction tycoon Chuwong Saetang.

 

According CCTV footage evidence, Weerachai was kidnapped by a group of men in front of Southern Bangkok Criminal Court on February 4. Police tracked down a suspect who reportedly confessed that he and other accomplices, including Banyin, had murdered the victim and dumped the body in a river in Nakhon Sawan province. According to police report, divers have found multiple bone fragments at the site and forensic staff are testing the DNA to confirm that they belong to the victim. The results are expected in a few days.

 

The six suspects who have been arrested are: Banyin Tangpakorn, 56; Manus Thabnin, 67; Narongsak Pomchan, 49; Prachawit Srithongsuk, 34; Chatchai Mainkul, 31; and Thongchai Wajeesatja, 62. The court decided to deny bail to the suspects fearing they might escape and ordered them to be detained at Bangkok Remand Prison immediately.

 

Banyin was a deputy commerce minister in the Samak Sundaravej and Somchai Wongsawat governments and is a former Nakhon Sawan MP of the now-defunct People’s Power Party.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30382867

 

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"fearing they might escape", I think that would be a given.

regards worgeordie

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Step 2: get more pastries

 

Step 3: murder this judge, but make it look like a suicide or accident

 

3 minutes ago, worgeordie said:

"fearing they might escape", I think that would be a given.

 

Banyin already disbursed the requisite cuts upwards so he is protected.

 

 

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46 minutes ago, mtls2005 said:

Step 2: get more pastries

 

Step 3: murder this judge, but make it look like a suicide or accident

 

 

Banyin already disbursed the requisite cuts upwards so he is protected.

 

 

He's certainly arrogant and supremely self-confident.

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1 hour ago, mtls2005 said:

Step 2: get more pastries

 

Step 3: murder this judge, but make it look like a suicide or accident

 

 

Banyin already disbursed the requisite cuts upwards so he is protected.

 

 

 

What a demeaning commentary upon Thailand...

 

 

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3 hours ago, scorecard said:

He's certainly arrogant and supremely self-confident.

 

He's an ex police Lt.Col and ex MP. 

 

His arrogance and supreme self-confidence is probably well founded on what he's got away with so far.

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3 hours ago, Misterwhisper said:

Let's recap to put that into perspective with the death of judge Panida's brother:

 

On 26 June 2015, Chuwong Saetan died in the passenger seat of his luxury limousine during a tragic "accident" on a remote country road. Just shortly before his final car journey, the construction tycoon had - allegedly "voluntarily" - transferred the mentioned shares to his two mistresses. The car itself had sustained almost no damage at all apart from a few dents and scratches.

 

The public were baffled at the time how Chuwong could possibly have died in such a minor "accident", while the tycoon's designated driver, who also was Chuwong's close friend and business partner, had survived entirely unharmed. By the way (and as you already may have guessed), the driver's name was... Pol Lt-Col Banyin Tangpakorn.

 

Chuwong's widow would not accept the police's playing-down of her husband's death as the result of a minor traffic "accident". During further investigations it turned out that Chuwong's signatures on the share transfer documents had been faked. Banyin and the two mistresses and Banyin were subsequently arrested and indicted with conspiring to murder Chuwong.

 

And now the brother of the judge investigating this case was allegedly murdered by Banyin and his accomplices? Draw your own conclusions.      

 

Good summary. You missed the bit where one of the "mistresses" was pregnant. Banyin denied even knowing her. But a DNA test proved him to be the father. The other "mistress" was a stock broker. 

 

Interestingly, there has been some media comments that Banyin's wife died some years ago in similar strange circumstances.

 

At one point, IIRC it was decided not to proceed with the case and then resurrected.

 

Hmmm. Let's see how this one goes.

 

Clearly, he believes he's untouchable.

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

MP of People’s Power Party.

Has he shown some people's power....

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12 minutes ago, Baerboxer said:

You missed the bit where one of the "mistresses" was pregnant. Banyin denied even knowing her. But a DNA test proved him to be the father

But he wrote her some lovely letters........😀

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4 hours ago, Misterwhisper said:

Let's recap to put that into perspective with the death of judge Panida's brother:

 

On 26 June 2015, Chuwong Saetan died in the passenger seat of his luxury limousine during a tragic "accident" on a remote country road. Just shortly before his final car journey, the construction tycoon had - allegedly "voluntarily" - transferred the mentioned shares to his two mistresses. The car itself had sustained almost no damage at all apart from a few dents and scratches.

 

Bizarre that The Nation totally fails to mention the background you added that is what brought this scumbag into the public spotlight in the first place!!!

 

I was reading the OP article, and starting saying to myself, "Hey, isn't this the same named guy who...."   And sure enough, he is!

 

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Shocking!!!!

 

That this alleged murderer and his motley crew weren't given bail, as seemingly is often the norm here....   :w00t:

 

Maybe because the murder victim in this case happened to be a judge, the courts finally came to their senses...for just a brief moment....

 

 

 

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21 hours ago, Misterwhisper said:

And now the brother of the judge investigating this case was allegedly murdered by Banyin and his accomplices? Draw your own conclusions.

Big money at stake and scare tactics at play. 

Just waiting for the judge to wake up one morning to find a "horse's head" next to him in the bed!

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22 hours ago, Misterwhisper said:

On 26 June 2015, Chuwong Saetan died in the passenger seat of his luxury limousine during a tragic "accident" on a remote country road. Just shortly before his final car journey, the construction tycoon had - allegedly "voluntarily" - transferred the mentioned shares to his two mistresses. The car itself had sustained almost no damage at all apart from a few dents and scratches.

 

It goes back much farther, to the time when Banyin's first wife died under exactly the same circumstances. I mean maybe he didn't use a 3-iron, but same-same.

 

 

 

 

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