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Police in cyanide poisoning case looking to arrest more accomplices

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Police investigating alleged serial killer Sararat Rangsiwuthaporn have confirmed they’re seeking an arrest warrant for someone believed to be another accomplice in the, so far, up to 14 alleged poisoning cases. Thailand’s deputy national police chief Surachate Hakparn says the person in question was involved in the destruction of evidence relating to the murder of Siriporn Khanwong.

Surachate says officers will seek an arrest warrant for this person today.

“Investigators will ask the Nakhon Pathom Provincial Court to issue an arrest warrant for a close associate of Sararat for allegedly destroying evidence related to Siriporn’s murder on Monday.”

Attention first fell on Sararat after Siriporn’s death, when the victim’s family raised the alarm. Siriporn had travelled to the Ban Pong district of Rathchaburi with Sararat during the Songkran holiday, to make merit by releasing fish into the Mae Klong River.

Sometime later, she collapsed and died by the water and a subsequent autopsy at the Police General Hospital’s Institute of Forensic Medicine found cyanide in her system.

Meanwhile, Sararat, who has been in custody since her arrest in Bangkok on April 25, denies all charges against her and has threated to file lawsuits against investigating officers and the victims’ families.

Surachate has responded by saying the suspect is welcome to do so, but it will be up to the court to decide if it accepts the lawsuits. The suspect has vowed to sue police officers for what she sees as attempts to punish her “unfairly”, according to a Nation Thailand report.

However, Surachate says the investigation into each victim’s death is being handled transparently and there will be no “unfair punishment”.

Sararat has been accused of murdering at least 14 people by poisoning them with cyanide. Each of the dead people was well known to the suspect and was found to have either invested in schemes run by her or have lent her money. Police have found that Sararat had accumulated significant debts from online gambling.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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