Date
28 July 2017
Legislator James To accompanied the family members of one of the suspects in the foiled drug smuggling attempt in Thailand last month, to the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Hong Kong. Photo: Internet
Legislator James To accompanied the family members of one of the suspects in the foiled drug smuggling attempt in Thailand last month, to the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Hong Kong. Photo: Internet

Thai police urged to hunt down drug trafficking mastermind

Legislator James To Kun-sun of the Democratic Party accompanied family members of a Hong Kong man who was arrested in Thailand on drug trafficking charges last month to the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Central to appeal to Thai authorities to hunt down the mastermind behind the criminal act, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Yau Kit-long, 24, who was arrested along with two Hong Kong female companions, is innocent of the charge and did not know that the wooden sculptures they were bringing into Thailand contained narcotics, Yau’s sister said.

Thai authorities should ask for assistance from the Interpol to locate the woman who had allegedly recruited the three Hongkongers to transport the luggage containing the drugs from Brazil, Apple Daily quoted To as saying.

In making the appeal, To said the families of the arrested Hongkongers were not trying to interfere with Thailand’s judicial process, but they were having reservations about the intensity of the investigations being conducted by the Thai police.

He noted that when the trio were arrested at the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport at around 1 p.m. of June 4, they informed police of the hotel where they were supposed to meet a person that afternoon.

The police arrived at the hotel at around 3 p.m. but could not find the woman who was believed to have returned to Hong Kong on a 6:30 p.m. flight that day.

According to the Thai lawyer representing the Hong Kong trio, investigators did not collect fingerprints from the plastic bags containing the 12.3 kilograms of cocaine seized from the suspects.

To said the trial of the three young Hongkongers could start in August and they must gather evidence that could help them within the next 12 months.

As there was a large amount of drugs involved in the case, the three people could be handed capital punishment should they be convicted without pleading guilty.

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