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No charges against Thai actress who purchased cyanide online

PHOTO: Facebook/Preechaya “Ice” Pongthananikorn

Thailand’s deputy national police chief has stated that no charges will be brought against actress Preechaya “Ice” Pongthananikorn, for an online purchase of cyanide. Nation Thailand reports that Surachate Hakparn says officers found no evidence the actress intended to break the law.

Preechaya reported to police on Friday, along with 100 others who had been summoned for buying cyanide online. It’s understood the actress bought cyanide from the same batch used by alleged serial killer Sararat “Am” Rangsiwuthaporn. The regulated toxic substance was sent from a factory in the Lat Krabang district of Bangkok.

Preechaya has always maintained her innocence, saying she never intended to harm anyone. She says the cyanide was to kill monitor lizards that had attacked her pet dogs in the garden of her mother’s house. The actress says she had not actually used the cyanide since purchasing it.

Surachate has acknowledged that the vial of cyanide purchased by the actress was small, but says the police are still required by law to question her and all others who bought the poison.

Cyanide is classed as a type-3 hazardous substance, under the control of the Department of Industrial Works, and a special permit is required to import or possess the substance.

Nation Thailand reports that officers plan to coordinate with the department to carry out checks on all importers and manufacturers. The police are also pursuing importers who sell cyanide to people who do not have a permit to possess the poison.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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