Thai police arrest man accused of arms dealing with rebels in India
BANGKOK (AP) - The police in Thailand have arrested a Thai man wanted in India for alleged involvement in international arms deals with an Indian insurgent group worth nearly US$2 million (S$2.56 million).
Wuthikorn Naruenartwanich, also known as Willy, is accused of buying weapons, including nearly 1,000 rifles and an unspecified number of rocket-propelled grenades, to be sold to Naga rebels in northeastern India.
Police Colonel Charoen Sisasalak says the 57-year-old Willy was arrested on Friday at his home in Bangkok. During initial questioning, Willy told the police that he was a restaurant owner in Bangkok and denied any involvement in arms deals, he added.
Prosecutors next week will try to convince a judge to send him to India, where he is being tried in absentia.