Phuket Immigration has confirmed that a Russian man who was arrested at the Phuket International Airport had allegedly hired a gunman to shoot another Russian man at Boat Avenue in Cherng Talay.
Our previous stories:
A Kazakhstani suspect has been arrested at Phuket International Airport after a Russian businessman was injured after being shot while he was in a car at a popular cafe in Phuket. The suspect has initially been charged with overstaying.
A Kazakhstani man, suspected of shooting a Russian man who was sitting in his car at a popular Phuket Cafe, has denied all charges including intent to murder. A gun believed to be the weapon used in the crime has been found in a pond in Cherng Talay, Thalang.
Now for the update:
The Royal Thai Immigration Commander Lieutenant General Itthiphon Itthisarnronnachai revealed to the press on Wednesday (December 27th). That a man identified only as Mr. Alexander, 53, a Russian national, was arrested at the Phuket International Airport for the accusation of threatening, hiring, asking as a favor, or instigation for an attempted murder with a gun. (Hiring a hitman.)
On June 7th of this year Mr. A (alias), 44, a Russian national, was injured from a gun shot while he was sitting in his car at the Boat Avenue in Cherng Talay. Mr. Alexander allegedly hired a Kazakhstani gunman who was previously arrested to shoot the victim. The Kazakhstani man, despite overwhelming evidence according to police, continues to deny all charges.
Mr. Alexander arrived at the Phuket International Airport on December 25th this week from Moscow. The airport immigration checkpoint system showed an arrest warrant had been issued from the Phuket International Airport for Mr. Alexander on the above accusation.
As of press time, a plea or statement from Mr. Alexander had not been made and he remained in police custody being interviewed about the alleged charges. It was unknown if he had secured the aid of a lawyer.