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“W” and “K”, not “B”

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In Thailand, a favourite way to identify suspects in a crime is by using the initial of their name, especially when the evidence isn't strong enough to make an arrest. 

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Natthathai Khruangsai, widow of Chutidet Suwannakerd, a former Democrat Party election candidate’s aide, and their daughter, Nong Taengmo, at a press conference held yesterday. Mrs Natthathai strongly believes that the murder of her husband was politically motivated.

9:15: Tankhun Jitt-itsara has added another initial to the list: "M" who was working with "W".

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“W” and “K”, not “B”

In Thailand, a favourite way to identify suspects in a crime is by using the initial of their name, especially when the evidence isn't strong enough to make an arrest.

Thus, according to Tankhun Jitt-itsara, the Democrat Party candidate for Don Muang district in the July 3 general election, two men police need to question in the killing of his aide Chutidet Suwannakerd, have the initials "W" and "K".

The killer, according to Chutidet's distraught wife Natthathai Khruangsai, 21, was not "B", a military man who had previously had a conflict with her husband. That was settled long ago, she said.

The widow also discounted the police's theory that her husband was killed over his amulet trading business.

She said he only had a very small amulet stall and it was legally registered.

The real motive behind his killing was the fact that he knew a lot of information about illegal businesses in Don Muang district, she said.

Chutidet had told Mr Tankhun secrets after he had switched sides to work with him, she said.

Mrs Natthathai said she had no confidence in the way police were handling her husband's murder investigation.

Mr Tankhun confirmed yesterday that Chutidet had given him information about illegal businesses in the district, including hidden casinos, sports betting shops and underground lotteries.

His revelations had let to crackdowns on the operations and the businesses – which were allegedly linked to certain politicians and influential figures – would have lost millions of baht, Mr Tankhun said.

A man with an initial "W" who had become the right-hand man of a politician with the initial "K" know about the killing, he said. Chutidet used to be a close aide of the politician.

"W" is an influential figure in underground businesses in Don Muang who had had his men hire a team of hitmen from Sukhothai, Mr Tankhun said.

"W" had gone into hiding with a very influential illegal casino owner in Bangkok since Saturday's killing, he said.

Adapted from a story in today's Bangkok Post by Manop Thip-Osod & Wassayos Ngamkham. You can read the full story here: http://bit.ly/rYzti0

widow – a woman whose husband has died and who has not married again  แม่ม่าย
candidate – a person who is trying to be elected ผู้สมัครรับเลือกตั้ง
aide – someone whose job is to help another person in their work ผู้ช่วย
press conference – an official meeting where someone makes a formal statement about a particular issue or event to journalists and answers their questions about it การแถลงข่าว
murder – the crime of intentionally killing a person ฆาตกรรม
motivated – done for a particular reason มีแรงจูงใจ ถูกโน้มน้าวใจ
favourite – something you like the best of all similar things ที่ชอบมาก,ที่โปรดปราน
identify – to specify who someone is  ระบุชื่อ
suspect – a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
initial – the first letter of a person's first name อักษรแรกของชื่อ
evidence – facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime หลักฐาน
arrest – (of the police) taking someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime การจับกุม
distraught – extremely upset, worried or confused  จิตว้าวุ่น, ว้าวุ่นใจ, สับสน
conflict – an angry disagreement between people or groups ความขัดแย้ง
settled – (of a disagreement) ended; solved ทำข้อตกลง
discount – to consider that something is not important, possible, or likely  มองข้าม, ปฏิเสธ
theory – one or ore ideas that explain how or why something happens สมมติฐาน
amulet – a small object that some people wear around their neck as a protection against evil, bad luck, disease etc เครื่องราง
trading – the activity of buying and selling things การซื้อขาย, การค้าขาย
stall – a large table or a small building that is open at the front, used for selling things (or for giving people information) รถ หรือแผงขายของ
legally registered – to put your name and other information on an official list in order to be allowed to do something according to the law, e.g., vote, study, stay in a hotel, sell things, etc ลงทะเบียนถูกต้องตามกฎหมาย
motive – a reason for doing something  แรงจูงใจ
illegal – against the law ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย
switch sides – to change your support from one person to another
confidence – the quality of being certain ความมั่นใจ
handle – to take action in order to deal with a difficult situation ดูแล, จัดการ
investigation – the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something การสอบสวน
betting – the activity of risking an amount of money by saying what you think will happen, especially in a race or game. You lose the money if you are wrong and win more if you are right การพนัน
revelation – a previously unknown and often surprising piece of information การเปิดเผย
crackdown – strong action that someone in authority takes to stop a particular activity การปราบ
operation – an activity which is planned to achieve something การดำเนินการ
allegedly – stated without giving complete proof ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
certain – used to mention a particular thing, person or group without giving any more details about it or them บาง
influential – of a person who has the power to affect a situation มีอิทธิพล
influential figure – a person who has the power to affect a situation, especially in a bad way ผู้มีอิทธิพล
right-hand man – a person who helps somebody a lot and who they rely on, especially in an important job มือขวา, คนสนิท
hire – to pay someone to work for you, especially for a short time จ้าง
hitman – a person who is paid to kill someone นักฆ่ามืออาชีพที่ใช้ปืนเป็นอาวุธ

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