A schoolteacher who was suspected to be the mastermind of the plot to call for a retrial of Khru Jomsap Sanmuangkote admitted to the police after his arrest that he hired Sub Wapee to give false statement that he was the real driver, not Mrs Jomsap, who killed a cyclist in a fatal road accident 12 years ago.
Mr Suriya Nuancharoen, alias Khru Ong, was arrested near Laksi railway station on Saturday after police learned that he escaped to Bangkok to see a friend, said Pol Gen Wirachai Songmetta, the deputy national police chief, adding that Mr Suriya and confessed to the police that he was behind the plot to fabricate evidence to support Khru Jomsap’s plea for her retrial of the accident case in which she was convicted by three courts and sentenced to 3 years and two months imprisonment.
Mrs Jomsap was given a Royal pardon after having served one year and six months in prison. Since then, she tried to have her case revive, claiming that she was not the driver of the pickup truck involved in the accident, allegedly with the help of her colleague Mr Suriya.
Mr Suriya or Khru Ong was charged with perjury and being a member of a criminal association.
Earlier, police arrested Sub Wapee in Nakhon Phanom and his wife on charges of giving false statements to authorities. He accused Khru Ong of offering him 400,000 baht to testify that he was the driver who was involved in the fatal road accident.
Also, Khru Jomsap has been arrested in connection with Khru Ong’s gang.
Pol Gen Wirachai said that the case had damaged the police reputation and image because it had misled the public to believe that Mrs Jomsap was a scapegoat of police mishandling of the case.