Minburi court issues arrest warrant for fugitive lawyer in Chakkrit murder case 

The Minburi Provincial Court on Tuesday issued warrant for the arrest of a lawyer after he failed to appear in the court to hear the verdict of the Appeals Court in the murder of former national marksman Chakkrit Panitchpatikam in October 2013.

The wanted lawyer Santi Thongsem, or known as “Tanai Id” is among five convicts sentenced by the Minburi court for the murder consplracy of Chakkrit or “X Chakkrit”, a former national marksman.

At the court today, four convicts appeared to hear the verdict of the Appeals Court to be read by the Minburi Provincial Court, except Tanai Id.

His disappearance prompted the Minburi Court to put off reading the verdict of the Appeals Court to August 7.

The court reasoned that since the lawyer did  not produce reason for not attending  the court session today, it then considered he had intention to escape.

It issued warrant for his arrest.

Earlier the Minburi Provincial Court sentenced the hired  gunman Chirasak Klinklai, and motorcycle rider  Thawatchai Phetchoti to life, while Tanai Id and Chakkrit’s wife Dr Nithiwadee Poocharoenyos or “Mor Nim” were sentenced to death. Mor Nim’s mother was was also arrested for alleged hiring the gunman to shoot her son-in-law Chakkrit.

But the court found her not guilty and ordered her release.