Pongpat cohort hauled in
Police yesterday arrested the wife of a former Samut Sakhon Immigration Police chief on a lese majeste charge, which has been added to previous charges of public land encroachment.
Sudathip: Charged with lese majeste
Sudathip Muangnual, the wife of Pol Col Kowit Muangnual, was part of the alleged criminal network led by former Central Investigation Bureau chief Pongpat Chayapan, Pol Maj Gen Sombat Milintachinda, chief investigator at the Metropolitan Police Bureau, said yesterday.
Late last month, Ms Sudathip was arrested with Pol Lt Gen Pongpat, her husband and other alleged accomplices on a number of charges, including demanding money from illegal oil operators, running gambling dens and money laundering. She was also alleged to have constructed buildings on forest land.
But Ms Sudathip evaded the lese majeste charge at the time because police did not have enough evidence, and she was released on bail on Nov 24.
Then yesterday, with new evidence, police stormed a house on Soi Thawi Watthana where they detained Ms Sudathip for questioning, Pol Maj Gen Sombat said.
A police source said Ms Sudathip is accused of citing the royal institution to help her win a contract to supply food for an establishment. People affected by Ms Sudathip's alleged misconduct lodged complaints with Sam Sen police station on Tuesday, the source said.