Indonesia deports ‘most wanted’ Thai fugitive

Indonesia deports 'most wanted' Thai fugitive

JAKARTA: Indonesia deported one of Thailand’s “most wanted” fugitives on Tuesday ( Jun 4 ) to face murder and drug charges in his home country, a police official said, after he escaped custody last year.

Chaowalit Thongduang, a 37- yr- old likewise known by the moniker” Pang Na Node”, was arrested by police on the Indian resort island of Bali next week.

National authorities national Krishna Murti said in a declaration on Tuesday that he was being led by 10 police officers to the capital’s international airport.

In a WhatsApp message to AFP, Krishna added that the fugitive was then taken to a” special plane provided by the Thai government.”

Authorities in Thailand’s drug-control department report that Chaowalit is wanted on numerous charges, including drug-related offenses and death.

According to Indonesian officers, Chaowalit arrived in the northernmost territory of Aceh in December 2023 after taking a 17-hour speedboat from Thailand to Bali.

He had fled from a doctor in southern Nakhon Si Thammarat state to seek medical care while serving a 20-year statement.

In an attempted murder case dating up to 2019, he was sentenced in absentia to career indefinitely, according to the Bangkok Post in December.

In a reportedly cost of around 10 million baht ( US$ 273,654), thousands of police officers mobilized to retake him.

The head of Indonesia’s judicial investigation firm, Wahyu Widada, said authorities seized some pieces of evidence during Chaowalit’s imprisonment, including a fake identification cards and birth certification under the name of Sulaiman, which he was reportedly using.