DSI nabs Swiss for bank robbery, seizes assets

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BANGKOK, May 17 – Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has confiscated the assets of a Swiss national who was arrested in Thailand for robbing a bank in his home country.

Gerber Enzo, 42, was apprehended in Hua Hin, a resort town 190km southwest of Bangkok, on Thursday after hiding in Thailand since March 19.

A DSI official said today that Mr Enzo’s Thai wife purchased assets including a large house, as well as 19 cars and motorcycles. The Swiss national entered Thailand through Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The robbery of a bank in Bern was estimated at about Bt150 million (US$640,000).

Mr Enzo was arrested and initially charged with overstaying his visa in the kingdom.

He has been on the Thai Immigration Department’s blacklist and will be deported to Switzerland soon, official said.

The DSI will coordinate with the Anti-Money Laundering Office to determine if the couple’s possession of the assets violates the Anti-Money Laundering Act.

If so, legal action will be taken against Mr Enzo’s wife, the official said.

Mr Enzo confessed to the bank robbery and said his accomplices had gone separate ways after they divided their takings, official said.