Laotian drug lord Xaysana hears drug charges in court today

The alleged Laotian drug lord Xaysana Keopimpha, arrested in Bangkok on January 20 this year, was escorted from Bangkok Remand Prison to the Criminal Court this morning to hear charges.

His Thai lawyer Warakorn Pongtanakul told reporters that his client was very worried about the charged and would deny all charges brought against him by the Narcotic Suppression Bureau (NSB) police.

He said Xaysana was worried because he earlier admitted to the charges during the interrogation process as he didn't know the procedure and the language.

But at the testimony today to the court, he would defend his innocence and would deny all charges.

The court appointed today for him to hear the charges filed by the NSB and whether he would deny or admit.

According to the suit, the state prosecutor indicted Xaysana of a conpsiracy with five other suspects to smuggle meths into Thailand to supply to his drug networks in Southern Thailand and Malaysia.

The prosecutor said in its law suit that the charges were imposed on the suspects following the seizure of 1.2 million meths in Nong Khai on October last year. In-depth investigation later led to the arrest of Xaysana at Suvarnabhumi airport on January 20 this year.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)