Brother of pregnant Thai woman murdered in Taiwan demands justice

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The brother of a Thai woman murdered in Taiwan is calling on police to catch the killer. Thirty-eight year old Yingyot Sae Li said the man who murdered his sister and her husband had been very close to his family, and grew up in the same village as them. His sister, Potjanee, had been 5 pregnant with twins when the suspect, Santi, allegedly killed her.

Yingot said that Potjanee had gotten a scholarship to study in Taiwan when she was a teenager. Then, 2 years ago, Santi moved to Taiwan to join her. The 2 worked together providing loans to Thai people abroad. Yingot said the last time he spoke to Potjanee on June 8, when she said that Santi had told her that Taiwanese workers had stolen 700,000 baht, along with gold.

On that date, Potjanee and her husband met Santi to solve a disagreement, according to Taiwanese police. Potjanee was last seen on June 9 on CCTV in New Taipei City’s Tucheng district, where the attack allegedly took place. The bodies of the couple were then discovered in a parked car outside the Taoyuan high-speed train station on Friday. The bodies were covered in bruises, suggesting they had been brutally murdered somewhere else, dragged into the car and dropped near the train station.

Santi fled Taiwant to his home in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, last week. On Monday, Yingyot went to meet police at Chiang Mai’s Provincial Police Region 5, urging them to track Santi down. Yingot said local residents told him Santi had been seen in his hometown in Chai Prakan district in Chiang Mai, although he said this was not confirmed.

SOURCE: Sanook

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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