Jun 13, 2013

    Driver confesses to killing Thai businessman

    THREE men led Thai investigators yesterday to a mountain grave and what police believe is the body of a businessman and prominent government critic who disappeared a week ago.

    Bangkok police commissioner Comronwit Toopgrajank said a driver, who worked for businessman Akeyuth Anchanbutr, and two suspected accomplices led them to the body, which was buried on a mountain in Phatthalung.

    Mr Comronwit said Santiparb Pengduang confessed to killing Mr Akeyuth for his money. The suspect allegedly cashed in a 5-million-baht (S$202,500) cheque signed by the tycoon. He also said Mr Akeyuth had fired his girlfriend.

    Mr Comronwit said that a relative of Mr Akeyuth identified the body, but that the police will conduct a DNA test to be certain before filing charges.

    Mr Akeyuth, 58, was a critic of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her brother, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Mr Akeyuth fled Thailand in 1983 after he was convicted of running an investment pyramid scheme.

    He returned to Thailand after the statute of limitations ended.