Kamronwit awaits decision from Japanese prosecutors after arrest

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BANGKOK, 25 June 2015 – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has revealed that the former Bangkok police chief will remain in police custody in Japan, until local prosecutors can decide whether to indict him for firearms possession. Pol Lt Gen Kamronwit arrived in Japan on June 19 to visit a waste incineration plant in Tokyo, along with 80 delegates from Thailand.

He was arrested for attempting to bring a gun on board a plane at Narita International Airport. If found guilty, he could face up to ten years in jail. Japanese prosecutors will have 20 days to decide whether to charge Pol Lt Gen Kamronwit with violating Japan’s firearm control law. Japanese police are compiling evidence in the case to send to the prosecutors.

The ministry said the Thai embassy in Tokyo is coordinating with local authorities to ensure legal proceedings are undertaken swiftly.