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Phuket police charge Kazakh suspect with visa overstay, shooting probe continues

A Kazakh man, arrested at Phuket Airport in relation to the shooting of a Russian man, has initially been charged with overstaying his visa. It’s understood 49 year old Artur Legay was attempting to flee the country when he was detained by immigration officers yesterday morning.

Mr Legay is a suspect in connection with the shooting of 44 year old Dmitry Aleynikov on Wednesday morning, June 7. Mr Dmitry was shot as he sat in his parked car outside the Anise Tapas Bar in Boat Avenue, in the Chergntalay sub-district of north Phuket.

Mr. Aleynikov is being treated at Thalang Hospital for gunshot wounds to his chest and arms but is expected to make a full recovery. Once he is well enough, police plan to interview him to determine if he knows of any reason why the suspect might have allegedly tried to kill him.

Meanwhile, the Phuket Express reports that according to Sermphan Sirikong, chief of Phuket Provincial Police, Mr Legay has overstayed his visa and has been charged accordingly. He could be charged with attempted murder once the investigation into the shooting has been concluded.

According to Sermphan, Mr Legay has been uncooperative during questioning and is asking to speak to someone from his embassy as he doesn’t speak Thai or English.

SOURCE: The Phuket Express

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