US and UK expats arrested in Bangkok after body parts found in freezer

Published:  26 Sep at 6 PM
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Tagged: USA, UK, Thailand, England
The English language media in Thailand is reporting three expats have been arrested in Bangkok after a police raid discovered dismembered body parts in a large freezer.

UK national Peter Colter together with US nationals James Eger and Aaron Thomas are in custody after a Bangkok police raid connected with forged passports also revealed dismembered body parts in a freezer. Drugs and guns were also found on the premises. During the raid a gun battle ensued, with one policeman wounded.

Fake passports, six guns, methamphetamine and marijuana were found, in addition to 10 faked passports and the chemicals and equipment necessary for forging documents. The three men were refused bail and have been remanded in custody for 12 days due to the likelihood of their absconding. Charges against them include resisting arrest, attempted murder of a police officer, forging official documents, illegal possession of firearms and concealing a corpse.

Police are now attempting to determine the identity of the dismembered body parts found in the freezer, and are looking for other members of the suspected passport forgery ring. They have also arrested two Burmese nationals who were hired to regularly clean the premises and had been told not to open the large freezer in which the body parts were stored. The two Burmese have not been charged and are being regarded as witnesses in the upcoming trial of the three expats.

As is normal in Thailand news reports, the exact details of police raids, crimes committed and arrests made tend to vary. One English media outlet has stated the two Americans were arrested and charged, whilst the British suspect has not yet been formally charged and is in hospital at present. However, for many years Thailand and especially Bangkok has been a hub for criminals forging and selling passports and other documentation such as fake university degrees.
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