Former Thai Airways International (THAI) president Prayad Didyasarin has been found dead in Bangkok and is suspected to have committed suicide using his personal handgun, the Bangkok Post reported yesterday.
The paper said Prayad, aged 91, was found dead near a Bangkok crematorium after a gunshot rang out. It quoted police saying he “might have suffered from depression and other illnesses”.
MEANWHILE, former Bangkok police chief Kamronwit Thoopkrachang has returned to Thailand after being held by police for 23 days in Japan, where he was arrested last month for trying to take a handgun aboard a flight from Tokyo to Bangkok.
The ex police chief was detained when a pistol and bullets were found in his baggage before he boarded a Thai Airways International flight at Tokyo Narita airport.
Kamronwit was held for questioning but Japanese prosecutors determined he had not planned to carry the gun aboard the plane, so did not press charges.
Investigators in Thailand are now probing how Kamronwit came to be carrying an unregistered handgun and – perhaps even more importantly – how he managed to get it aboard the outbound THAI flight to Japan in the first place.
Written by Peter Needham in Bangkok