Former deputy commerce minister arrested for murder

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Former deputy commerce minister Pol Lt Col Banyin Tangphakorn was arrested today at a resort in Khao Yai national park by the Crime Suppressionn Division (CSD) police for murder charge

The arrest of the former MP of Nakhon Sawan and a member of the Pheu Thai party came as the Phra Khanong District Court issued warrant for his arrest upon request by the CSD yesterday

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The CSD police are escorting him back to the headquarters in Bangkok for a press conference late this afternoon.

The CSD sought warrant for his arrest after several months long investigation revealed that he was allegedly responsible for the death of a billionaire contractor Chuwong Sae Tang in a mysterious car accident on June 26 last year.

Mr Chuwong was travelling in a car driven by Pol Lt-Col Banyin when the car accidentally rammed into a roadside tree killing Mr Chuwong.

After the victim was cremated, his family became suspicious of his death and asked the CSD police to investigate the case.

The police investigators found out that shortly before Mr Chuwong’s death, about 300 million baht worth of shares owned by the billionaire contractor were transferred to two woman, one a stock broker, and a golf course caddy.