Cyanide Resale Sparks Police Investigation
In light of the recent case involving alleged serial killer Sararat “Aem Cyanide” Rangsiwuthaporn, Thai authorities are taking a closer look into the resale of cyanide compounds in the country. Sararat is suspected of using cyanide acquired from a reseller to kill at least 13 people. As a result, police have decided to press charges against a company that imported cyanide compounds and sold them to other retailers.
Deputy national police chief, Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn, met with Pornyod Klankrong, the deputy director of the Department of Industrial Works (DIW), to discuss cyanide import regulations in Thailand. The objective behind this meeting was to identify loopholes in the Hazardous Substances Act and determine if any companies were illegally reselling cyanide that they had lawfully imported.
A Company Faces Legal Action
According to authorities, there is enough evidence to press charges against one particular company, which allegedly resold cyanide it acquired to other parties. The company had imported 1,600 bottles of cyanide, with 100 of them ending up with six other retailers.
Pol Gen Surachate stressed the fact that the sale of cyanide is against the law, as it is restricted to research purposes or factory operations. In their investigation, police found that at least nine other people had purchased cyanide in a similar manner to Ms. Sararat, with the intention of committing suicide.
The Investigation Continues
The police will continue their investigation and are expected to submit their report to the DIW once it concludes. This recent case has prompted public pressure for the police to prevent such incidents from happening again, and as a result, authorities are actively working to tighten regulations on the resale of cyanide compounds in Thailand.