One of the five companies named as the owners of temporary red licence plates found on the luxury cars burnt in the May 29 fire in Nakhon Ratchasima yesterday denied any connection to the vehicles.
Born To Run Co representative Siriporn Darak and the company's lawyer Pisanu Panichsuk yesterday reported to Pol Lt Col Korawach Panpraphakorn, head of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI)'s regional special operations section.
They insisted the company did not own the red licence plate Nor 6006 as claimed by the DSI earlier.
They also submitted copies of documents about the licence plates the company currently owns.
Mr Pisanu said the company had not used the Nor 6006 licence plate before and had nothing to do with the cars that caught fire while being transported through Nakhon Ratchasima.
The lawyer, however, conceded that the company has hired Sudburi Promthanma - whose firm contacts the Land Transport Department to get red car licence plates for its customers - to deal with the department on the company's behalf.
Born To Run had previously hired Mr Sudburi to apply for 50 red licence plates on its behalf but the company had no idea whether the man had sought more licence plates than it had requested from him, Mr Pisanu said.
He stressed that none of the 50 licence plates Born To Run had obtained through Mr Sudburi was the Nor 6006 one.
Pol Lt Col Korawach said investigators would summon Mr Sudburi for questioning over the licence plate in question.
The DSI would also have the burnt Nor 6006 licence plate checked by the Land Department to find out if it was genuine, he said.
Meanwhile, the DSI revealed the names of the owners of 44 BMWs suspected of having been imported without the owners paying the proper tax.
The cars were priced at 4 million baht or higher, and some were owned by well-known figures, Pol Lt Col Korawach said.
Previously, the DSI had made public a list of 488 luxury cars suspected of having been imported without proper tax being paid and encouraged their owners to come forward and prove their cars were imported and registered properly.
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