Burma

Police Arrest Chinese Suspects at Myanmar Beach over Thailand Murder

By Salai Thant Zin 3 March 2020

Pathein, Ayeyarwady Region — Police have arrested two Chinese fugitives wanted by the Thai authorities in connection with a murder in Kamphaeng Phet, central Thailand.

A black suitcase containing the body of a 30-year-old Chinese man was found floating in Thailand’s Ping River in the Muang district of Kamphaeng Phet on Feb. 25, according to the Bangkok Post.

The two were arrested in Ngwe Saung beach in Ayeyarwady Region on Monday.

They were renting a boat to travel to Gwa in Rakhine State.

“Acting on a tipoff from residents, we were able to arrest the duo while they were renting a boat to travel to Gwa. As they didn’t commit any offenses in Myanmar, we will hand over them to the Thai police,” Lieutenant Colonel Tun Shwe of Ayeyarwady Region police told The Irrawaddy.

A black suitcase containing the body of a 30-year-old Chinese man found floating in Thailand’s Ping River in the Muang district of Kamphaeng Phet on Feb. 25. / The Bangkok Post

Four Chinese suspects fled to Myanmar and the other two are still at large, according to the police.

According to the Thai media, the investigation began after a dead body of a Chinese citizen was allegedly found in one of several bags thrown by the four into a river in Kamphaeng Phet last month. As police were looking for the other bags, the four escaped to Myanmar through the Thai border town of Mae Sot to Myawaddy, Thai news agencies reported.

The two Chinese men said they arrived in Thailand on Feb. 25. They then left for Myawaddy where they stayed for three days. They visited Yangon and reached Ngwe Saung beach on March 1.

The four suspects for whom the Thai police have issued warrants. / Salai Thant Zin / The Irrawaddy

The Thai police contacted Myawaddy police after the four Chinese suspects entered Karen State.

The two suspects have been sent from Pathein to Myawaddy.

Translated from Burmese by Thet Ko Ko

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