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PHANG NGA: Police in Surat Thani on February 15 arrested one of the killers of Phang Nga Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) President Anan “Ko Daeng” Boonrak, who was shot dead in December 2004.

The suspect, 38-year-old Chusak “Muek Chumporn” Numluemkid, was #2 on the Royal Thai Police Crime Suppression Division’s Top 50 Most Wanted Gunmen for 2005. His three accomplices in the assassination remain on the run.

K. Anan was killed as he was driving to his home in Thap Put District, Phang Nga, on the evening of December 23, 2004. He was shot multiple times with both a shotgun and an M-16 assault rifle.

After Chusak was arrested by police from his native Chumpon Province he confessed to the crime, police said.

He was handed over to Phang Nga police for a February 22 reenactment of the crime.

Lt Col Sanya Tongsawas, Investigation Inspector at Thap Put District Police Station, told the Gazette that Chusak said he and three other assassins planned the attack in rooms 204 and 209 of the Phu Nga Hotel in Thap Put. The four of them were each paid 50,000 baht up front for the hit, with the another 50,000 apiece to be paid after the killing was carried out.

Before the attack, the assassins went to Phang Nga Provincial Hall in two pickup trucks, where they waited for K. Anan to leave his office. When he did, they followed K. Anan at high speed in the direction of Thap Put.

About 200 meters from K. Anan’s home, the hit squad pulled alongside his vehicle. Chusak and a fellow gunman, named by police as Prapai Hongtong, opened fire. Prapai let off five shots with a shotgun while Chusak sprayed the car with more than 10 rounds from an M16. K. Anan was pronounced dead at the scene.

After the killing Chusak hid in Phuket, Col Sanya said.

Police are still hunting for the three other assassins and hope to learn who ordered and paid for the assassination, which they believe was politically motivated.

K. Anan was the second President of Phang Nga OrBorJor to be shot dead during a six-month period in 2004. His predecessor, Nithat Siribenjakul, was murdered at Takuapa Bus Station on July 30 that year.

At the time of his arrest, Chusak had two outstanding arrest warrants; one issued by Chumphon Provincial Court in 2002 and the other by Songkhla Provincial Court in 2003. His file with the Crime Suppression Division listed him as a suspect in a “countless” number of cases stretching back more than 10 years.

Of these, police are particularly interested in the shooting of a Mayor of Tha Sala in Nakhon Sri Thammarat Province. Chusak’s weapons of choice were .38 and .357 caliber revolvers.

Chusak was charged with premeditated murder, possession of war weapons without a license, possession of a firearm without a license and carrying a firearm in a public place without permission, Col Sanya said.

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In a nightmarish scenario, a deceased Phuket expat’s body is stuck in a Thai hospital as his step‐daughter claims hospital administrators won’t release the body due to a passport mix‐up.

Gemma Swift, the step‐daughter of 75 year old David Donoghue, who died 2 weeks ago, says she is pleading with embassy staff in Thailand to resolve, what she says, is purely an administrative issue after Donoghue’s passport number at the hospital was from that of an expired one.

Donoghue’s current passport was on file with the British Embassy, but because it did not match what the hospital had, his body has remained at the hospital. Swift says it was something that could easily be corrected and the situation was “horrendous” for the family.

“The British Embassy over in Bangkok, they said that because [the number] was from his current passport, they were unable to change the letter. They have said that they won’t reissue a letter with the passport number that he’s got in the hospital with him.”

She said her family planned to arrange a funeral for him in Thailand, then bring his ashes back to the UK. As he retired to Phuket 15 years ago, her family would then take his ashes back to Thailand, as per his wishes, to scatter them.

However, none of his family members were able to travel to Thailand to be with Donoghue in his final days, as the mandatory 14 day quarantine period upon entering Thailand, would not have allowed them to see him.

“I thought this was a basic human right to be able to give somebody a funeral and I accept that there is always going to be red tape…but please just issue a letter and let us bring him home.”

She said before Covid-19, family members travelled often to Phuket to visit Donoghue, who once worked for the Thai tourist police. She says the entire ordeal has been heartbreaking as her family was unable to say goodbye.

“That on its own was heart breaking, and now to get this two weeks later, to find out we can’t give him a funeral, or get his ashes back, it’s just horrendous.”

“It’s like being on autopilot… once we know we have done everything we can, we can start the grieving process, but at the minute we can’t.”

A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office spokesperson said they are assisting Donoghue’s family during the difficult time.

“Our staff are in contact with the local hospital and funeral director to help his family obtain the necessary paperwork to ensure his body is treated in line with their wishes.”

If the situation isn’t fixed, Donoghue’s body will join a mass cremation at the hospital.

SOURCE: BBC News

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