Israeli ar­rested in Thai­land af­ter body found in home

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

An Israeli man has been ar­rested on suspicion of mur­der in Thai­land af­ter the dis­mem­bered body of a com­pa­triot-a for­mer po­lice­man who had been miss­ing-was dis­cov­ered in his home, po­lice said yes­ter­day. Investigators said they acted on a re­quest from the Israeli em­bassy and a rel­a­tive to search for the miss­ing man last week.

Po­lice Ma­jor Gen­eral Suthin Sup­puang, act­ing com­man­der of the Crime Sup­pres­sion Di­vi­sion, said the trail led Satur­day to an Israeli man’s house in Non­thaburi, a north­ern satel­lite city of the cap­i­tal Bangkok. “One rea­son we were able to find him was be­cause there was an ef­fort to use a credit card of the miss­ing man,” he told AFP. “We searched his house and found the body of a miss­ing Israeli chopped into pieces and placed in three plas­tic bags,” he added.

Suthin said the man had con­fessed to mur­der, de­scrib­ing the mo­tive as a “love tri­an­gle”-a phrase Thais com­monly use to de­scribe a ro­man­tic quar­rel be­tween three peo­ple. The ar­rested man’s son was also present in the flat, Suthin said, ad­ding he was cur­rently be­ing treated as a wit­ness rather than an ac­com­plice.

Po­lice Colonel Krissana Pat­tanacharoen, Thai­land’s deputy na­tional po­lice spokesman, iden­ti­fied the vic­tim as 62-year-old Eliyahu Cohen and the ar­rested man as Si­mon Beton, 52. He told AFP a rel­a­tive first re­ported Beton miss­ing on Wed­nes­day and that Thai­land’s po­lice chief Chak­tip Chai­jinda has or­dered his of­fi­cers to “metic­u­lously con­duct an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into this case”.

The grim case has sim­i­lar­i­ties to an­other mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volv­ing for­eign­ers that was launched in Septem­ber af­ter a mum­mi­fied, dis­mem­bered body was found in a freezer in a Bangkok flat.

Three for­eign­ers in­side the build­ing were ar­rested. They had fake or out of date Amer­i­can and Bri­tish pass­ports and of­fi­cials have so far strug­gled to iden­tify their na­tion­al­i­ties. —AFP

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