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Businessman detained by Thai military

Publication Date : 20-06-2014


A Pattani- based businessman, 44-year-old Sahachai Jiansermsin, was taken into custody by the Thai military court on charges related to security.

Senior Colonel Jatuporn Kalampasut, who heads a team under the Internal Security Operations Command Region 4 that suppresses additional threats, is coordinating with various authorities in an attempt to solve the case.

"I can't disclose the details because it's related to security issues," a source quoted Jatuporn as saying.

The officer was involved in the raid on Sahachai's company at a Pattani industrial estate on Wednesday in which fake immigration stamps and cash, including foreign currencies, were found. Sahachai was arrested later that evening.

His name had previously been linked to suspicious activities.

At a press conference two years ago, Sahachai dismissed allegations that he was involved in illegal logging and oil smuggling. He also insisted that he had never sponsored an insurgency group.

Pattani is one of the southernmost provinces that has struggled with violence for a decade.

Investigations are ongoing to determine if Sahachai is involved in smuggled oil, illegal logging, or any other illegal activities.

Sahachai owns Sahasap Tawee Khamai Limited Partnership, which is located in Pattani's Muang district.

Two years ago, members of Jatuporn's team and the Department of Special Investigation found four trucks that had been suspiciously modified to carry oil at Sahachai's firm. They also found about Bt23 million and foreign currencies.


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