Compensation for U Place victims

The father of U Place Condotel's contractor has given compensation to the victims of the collapsed building on behalf of his son who is still at large.

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Chanaichon Kerdthes, owner of Plook Plang Co, is among the seven suspects wanted on arrest warrants for causing death and injury to others. 

Mr Chanaichon is a son of Chalor Kerdthes, a former deputy police commissioner convicted of murder in the notorious Saudi blue diamond theft case. Mr Chalor on Monday presented 205,000 baht in cash to Pathum Thani governor Pongsathorn Sajjachonlaphun as initial compensation to those killed and injured in the building’s collapse.  

He said the families of the 14 victims would receive 10,000 baht each. Seven thousand baht would be given to five people who sustained serious injuries or became disabled and 2,000 baht to those suffering minor injuries. 

Mr Chalor, who came in a wheelchair, claimed he could not contact his son and did not know his whereabouts since the building collapsed on Aug 11. He said he felt sorry for the victims and would try to contact Mr Chahaichon and urged him to surrender this week.

Pol Col Ratchapon Chanasrikhajorn, chief of Khlong 5 police station, said investigators found Mr Chanaichon had been wanted on two arrest warrants relating to cheques.

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