Date
21 October 2017
Lawmaker James To (second from right) urged Hong Kong police to assist Thai investigators in catching the mastermind. Photo: RTHK
Lawmaker James To (second from right) urged Hong Kong police to assist Thai investigators in catching the mastermind. Photo: RTHK

HK man facing drug charges in Thailand protests innocence

A 24-year-old man from Hong Kong who was arrested with two female companions in Thailand earlier this month for alleged drug trafficking protested his innocence and said he hopes his lawyer will save him from a heavy penalty.

Yau Kit-long, along with two other Hongkongers, aged 19 and 22, were arrested on June 4 at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport for allegedly trying to smuggle 12.3 kilograms of cocaine worth over 50 million baht (US$1.45 million) from Brazil.

The trio could get a life sentence or even the death penalty if convicted under Thailand’s stringent anti-drug laws, hk01.com reported.

At a press conference on Thursday, Sirichai Piyaphichetkul, the lawyer representing Yau in Thailand, said he believes his client is innocent and did not know he was a drug courier.

“Normal people would not smuggle drugs for only HK$8,000,” Sirichai, who has more than 30 years of legal practice, said, referring to the amount allegedly given each of the accused for carrying the luggage containing the drugs.

Yau’s elder sister said her brother was invited for a trip to Brazil by one of the arrested women on social media.

She said Yau always cried terribly every time they met in the Thai prison because of the injustice brought upon him.

Sirichai said he has sufficient evidence to prove that Yau had no idea what he had brought to Thailand contained drugs.

As for “Ming Jer”, the woman who is said to have recruited the trio, lawmaker James To Kun-sun said she might have fled to Hong Kong on the same day the trio were arrested, Apple Daily reported.

To called on Hong Kong police to assist the Thai investigators assigned to the case as soon as possible.

To said he will submit a petition to the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Hong Kong on Monday with Yau’s family and Sirichai, urging the Southeast Asian country to conduct thorough investigations to catch the mastermind.

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