Police question ex-princess's parents over frame-up charges

Police question ex-princess's parents over frame-up charges

The parents of former princess Thanpuying Srirasm Suwadee went to police yesterday to face questioning after a woman accused them of framing her on trumped-up charges that caused her to be jailed for 18 months.

Apiruj Suwadee, 72, and Wanthanee Suwadee, 66, the parents of Srirasm, met Crime Suppression police after Sawita Maneechan, 31, from Ratchaburi province, filed a complaint on Thursday accusing them of lese majeste, framing her with false charges that caused her to be punished, and filing a false police report.

Sawita has also requested police protection as a witness in the criminal case and for rehabilitation with compensation for being falsely punished in the criminal case.

Police took video and pictures of the interrogation of the two, when they were questioned separately in different rooms.

Afterwards, Pol Maj-General Thitirat Nongharnpitak said there were grounds to the allegation and sufficient evidence to pursue the case.

Sawita had filed a complaint saying she was rejected for jobs she applied for because she had a criminal record, and she could not further her studies after being sentenced to jail by a court.

Police are expected to get more details on the case next week.

Apiruj and Wanthanee had not been summoned, Thitirat said, but heard the allegations against them through the media and decided to face police questioning.

He said police would not detain the two as they turned up voluntarily to face questioning and there was no likelihood they would flee. Three or four witnesses gave the same accounts of what happened, police said.

Thitirat said Sawita had requested a retrial or for her case to be reopened, so police would gather more evidence first and look into legal procedures.

Wanthanee said she had never seen or known Sawita or her family. She denied the allegations levelled against her.

She said she and her husband always lived in Bangkok and had only moved to Ratchaburi last December.

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