Boxer protests fake drugs charge

Boxer protests fake drugs charge

Former WBC Asia boxing champion Atchariya "Max" Wirotesunobon has petitioned the national police chief Chakthip Chaijinda to prosecute officers who filed false drugs charges against him.

The former super lightweight WBC champion submitted his petition yesterday, saying he had been wrongly charged with conspiring to sell illicit drugs, as confirmed by a court ruling which ultimately acquitted him.

Mr Atchariya was arrested at Don Mueang airport about two years ago as he made his way to a match in Japan. Police alleged that he was conspiring to sell three million methamphetamine pills, along with 10 other suspects.

The former boxer said the only evidence the police had against him was a car that registered under his name. He said that he had sold the car to a dealership -- which was linked to the drug case -- but the buyer failed to update the vehicle registration documents after the car was handed over.

The case dragged on for 14 months, during which time he was remanded in custody by the authorities. He was also stripped of his WBC Asia championship title after the charge was laid.

Mr Atchariya said he was able to produce an alibi and suspects in the case testified in front of the court, saying that they did not know him.

The court later acquitted him and he was finally released on May 27.

He insisted he has been unfairly treated and demanded that the parties responsible for laying the false charge against him must be brought to justice.

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