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Ex-princess’ family members get five-year jail terms
The Nation / Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: Three relatives of the former Princess Srirasm were given five-and-a-half-year prison terms yesterday for abduction, intimidation and lese majeste – crimes associated with a racketeering gang led by disgraced former crime-buster Maj Gen Pongpat Chayaphan.

Phra Khanong Court initially sentenced each of the three men to 11 years but halved that because they had confessed.

The abduction charge relates to the men seizing a businessman and citing their royal connections to hasten repayment of a debt to a creditor.

The abducted man later handed a sum of money to a woman before filing a complaint with Phra Khanong police, which began an investigation not long after Gen Pongpat was transferred from his role as Central Investigation Bureau commissioner and ultimately jailed.

The three men are former Army major Nuttapol Suwadi and former government officials Narong and Sitthisak Suwadi.

They have been stripped of all rank, had to return their royal decorations and had their royally granted surname revoked. The men have also been charged with other offences, some of which relate to Gen Pongpat’s rackets.

— Phuket Gazette Editors


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