Thai man arrested in weapons deal

Thai man arrested in weapons deal

THAILAND - Metropolitan Police Area 2 yesterday announced the arrest of a 56-year-old Thai man for alleged involvement in supplying Chinese-made weapons to Nagaland rebel groups operating on the Myanmar-India border.

The suspect, nabbed at his home in Lat Phrao in Bangkok, reportedly confessed he would be paid 5 per cent of the value of the deal, but denied any link to the rebels or terrorists.

Metropolitan Police Bureau 2 deputy commander Police Colonel Charoen Srisulak told a press conference the arrest followed a request from India after a previous arrest of an Indian accomplice. The deal, to buy 1,000 guns and several RPG rockets, was reportedly worth over US$2 million (S$2.5 million). The Thai man faces possible extradition to India.

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