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Charges against police in Saudi murder trial dismissed

The Criminal Court on Monday dismissed charges in the high-profile trial of five police officers accused of snatching and murdering a Saudi businessman with close links to the Saudi palace 24 years ago.

The Court said the charges were dismissed because the public prosecutors’ evidences was weak.

His death, along with the theft of invaluable jewels by a Thai janitor from a Saudi palace and the killings of three Saudi diplomats in Bangkok between 1989 and 1990, has severely strained the Thai-Saudi relations. The businessman is thought to have been abducted and killed while police were searching of the jewellery.

The body of Mohammad AlRuwaili, has yet to be found and a Thai court earlier declared him as missing.

The five officers charged with the kidnapping and murder are Lt Gen Somkid Boonthanom, a former police inspector general; Pol Col Sorarak Jusanit, superintendent of Sop Moei police in Mae Hong Son; Pol Col Praphas Piyamongkol, superintendent of Nam Khun police in Ubon Ratchathani; and two decommissioned officers Pol Lt Col Suradej Udomdee and Pol Sgt Maj Prasong Thongrung.

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