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Murder suspect caught in Thailand

A Cambodian man who allegedly murdered a Japanese businessman in March was charged and sent to Prey Sar prison on Saturday, two days after Thai authorities apprehended the fugitive and extradited him.

Major General Chhay Sinarith, director of the internal security police department at the Ministry of Interior, said Sok Na, 28, was captured by Thai police on Thursday, at Cambodia’s request, and transferred to local authorities a day later.

“He was charged by the court with three charges, the same as his other three colleagues who were charged and sent to Prey Sar prison last month,” Sinarith told the Post yesterday.

On April 20, three of Na’s alleged accomplices were charged with illegal weapon use, robbery and intentional murder. A fifth suspect remains at large.

The group is accused of the slaying of Japanese national Kosei Kitakura, 44, outside his apartment early in the morning of March 3 as he returned from NagaWorld Casino with winnings. A tuk-tuk driver was also hit and wounded, while Kitakura was hit with four bullets and died on his way to hospital.

After the arrests, police seized motorbikes, cell phones and a K59 pistol with six bullets.

The Japanese embassy could not be reached for comment.

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