'Runaway bride's' parents meet police, deny involvement

Boonlieng and Samrong Buayai, the parents of Ms Jariyaporn, leave the Crime Suppression Division after submitting themselves for questioning on Tuesday. (Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

The father and mother of the "runaway bride" have denied any involvement in the series of frauds allegedly perpetrated by their daughter, who is accused of cheating about a dozen "husbands" out of 3 million baht.

Boonlieng and Samrong Buayai offered themselves for questioning at the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) on Tuesday, before police issued a summons for them to report to authorities.

CSD deputy commander Pol Col Suwat Saengnum said after interrogating the pair that they were insistent they had not colluded with Ms Jariyaporn in any way.

The couple said they had attended only four of their 32-year-old daughter's wedding ceremonies and had not pocketed any of the dowries paid, Pol Col Suwat said.

They said "it was her own personal business whether to marry or break up with the men. She is an adult," he quoted them as saying. (continues below)

Jariyaporn Buayai is taken to the Crime Suppression Division after she was arrested in Krathum Baen district, Samut Sakhon, on Thursday. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

Ms Jariyaporn was apprehended at a market in Krathum Baen district, Samut Sakhon, on Thursday with her real husband, 33-year-old Kittisak Tantiwatkul.

The woman is under detention at Thanyaburi Provincial Court. She has said she will fight the fraud, theft and embezzlement charges in court. She was wanted on five arrest warrants issued in five provinces.

Ms Jariyaporn allegedly conned one man after another to tie the knot with her, and then quickly left all of them, taking the dowries. At least a dozen men were reportedly drawn into sham marriages.

She told them her name was Soipet Paleewal. The real Soipet, 27, told the CSD last Thursday she was unaware of the actions supposedly done in her name, athough she admitted knowing Ms Jariyaporn.

Neither Ms Jariyaporn's nor Ms Soipet's parents have been charged.


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