More nominees, involved in the company that ‘owned’ the Phoenix, have been arrested and charged.
Financial records show that the money from the stricken vessel’s operations was being transferred to a Chinese owner.
A press conference was held on Monday at Phuket Provincial Police Station, led by the deputy commissioner-general of the Royal Thai Police, General Rungroj Saengkram, the deputy chief of the Tourist Police Bureau, Maj-General Surachate Hakparn, and others.
Rungroj said: “The TC Blue Company Limited is the owner of the Phoenix, which records show has three shareholders – Ms Woraluck ‘Yui’ Rueakchaiyakarn [now in Phuket Provincial Prison], 31-year-old Jakkapan Rueakchaiyakan and 50-year-old Yindee Rueakchaitakarn. Woraluck is the main person who has authority for the running of the company.”
Surachate said: “We have evidence that shows how the money was being transferred to a real Chinese owner. The Phuket Provincial Court has issued four arrested warrants: Worraluck, who is a Thai nominee, Chinese man Lei Hou, who has provided most of the capital, the real company owner, Yindee, and Jakkapan. They have been charged with secretly setting up a shell company for a foreign business [tour business].”
“Yindee and Jakkapan are now in custody, while more charges are being pressed against Woraluck. Lei Hou has already left Thailand. We are now continuing the process to arrest him,” the major-general added.