Sudathip arrested on lese majeste charge

Sudathip arrested on lese majeste charge

Sudathip Muangnual, one of the people arrested in the recent police purge, was detained again on Wednesday on a lese majesty charge and will be held in detention after appearing in the Criminal Court on Thursday, the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) commander said.

Sudathip Muangnual (centre) is taken to the Metropolitan Police Bureau after being arrested on Wednesday. (Metropolitan Police Bureau photo)

Sriwara Rangsitphramanakul said Mrs Sudathip was arrested at a house in the Thawi Wattana area after police at Samsen station received a complaint accusing her of citing the high institution to operate businesses including a restaurant at Suvarnabhumi airport.

She was taken to Samsen police station where the complaint was lodged and then was escorted by police to the MPB head office. She will be be sent to the court for detention on Thursday, Pol Lt Gen Sriwara said.

Mrs Sudathip is the wife of former Samut Sakhon immigration chief Pol Col Kowit Muangnual. The couple were among a number of people arrested on Nov 22 on land encroachment charges in connection with former Central Bureau Investigation chief Pol Lt Gen Pongpat Chayapan. They were later released on bail.

Police issued an arrest warrant for her on Wednesday on the new charge and are going after three more suspects on the same charge.

Pol Lt Gen Sriwara said investigators were finding out whether her husband or other persons were involved in the fresh allegation. Police would ask the court for arrest warrants if interrogation leads to more suspects, he added.

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