Somchai's nurse 'unaware' of return
- Published: 15/02/2013 at 03:01 PM
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The nurse in the car with Somchai Khunploem when he was arrested has told police she did not know he was back in Thailand until she received a call that day to accompany her former patient to hospital in Bangkok.
Walai Kwanjit was summoned to the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) for questioning on Friday. She told Pol Col Maj Sing Singhadet that she did not know Somchai, a fugitive convicted felon better known as Kamnan Poh, was at his house in Chon Buri.
Walai Kwanjit, a nurse staying with Somchai Khunploem when he was arrested on Jan 30, talks to reporters after meeting with Crime Suppression Division police. (Photo by Surapol Promsaka Na Sakolnakorn)
She was told by Somchai to wait for a vehicle to pick her up and then went with him to Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital on Jan 30.
Somchai was apprehended on his way back back to Chon Buri after treatment at the hospital.
Mrs Walai, Vinai Ponpaiparn and Prasong Charoenpol were in the car with him at the time of his arrest.
Mrs Walai was formerly a nurse at the health service centre in tambon Saen Suk municipality in Chon Buri. She said she took early retirement from the job. Somchai was formerly mayor of Saen Suk.
Mr Vinai, a close aide to Somchai and kamnan of tambon Samet, and Mr Prasong, who drove the SUV, were also summoned for questioning. They had said they did not know when Somchai returned to Thailand.
The CSD is deciding whether the three associates of Somchai had illegally and willingly helped a fugitve avoid arrest and whether they should be charged. The CSD is expected to wrap up the investigation next week.
Somchai had spent six years on the run from murder and corruption sentences before his arrest.
He is now serving 30 years and four months in prison on the two cases. The Corrections Department at his family's request transferred him from Bangkok Remand Prison to Chon Buri Prison, in his home province, where he was immediately transferred to the provincial hospital.
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- Writer: Wassayos Ngamkham