Police wait for questioning report on 'Koh Tao rape' from UK

Police wait for questioning report on 'Koh Tao rape' from UK

Pol Maj Gen Surachat Hakparn (centre) holds a press conference to update legal action related to the claimed rape case on Koh Tao, Surat Thani province, on Thursday evening. (Photo by Supapong Chaolan)
Pol Maj Gen Surachat Hakparn (centre) holds a press conference to update legal action related to the claimed rape case on Koh Tao, Surat Thani province, on Thursday evening. (Photo by Supapong Chaolan)

British police will send within this month their report on the questioning of the British woman, 19, who claimed to be drugged, raped and robbed on Koh Tao in June while local police would arrest more people sharing false information on the case.

Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, deputy tourist police chief, said on Koh Tao of Surat Thani province on Thursday evening that British authorities confirmed they would quickly send the account of the woman whom British police were questioning and a reportedly sperm-stained shirt to Thai police. He expected the submission within this month.

Thai police and military officers had gathered evidence on Koh Tao and initially concluded they found no evidence to back the crime claim, Pol Maj Gen Surachate said. If evidence from Britain supported the claim, Thai police would resume the investigation, he said.

He also said that police already arrested 12 people for sharing posts about the alleged crime and commenting on them at the CSI LA page on Facebook. There might be more people who shared the information and they would be prosecuted, the deputy tourist police chief said.

Such posts damaged Thai tourism and police were seeking cooperation from foreign authorities to arrest the administrator of the CSI LA page, he said.

Those inputting false information into a computer system were liable to a jail term of five years, he said.


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