Napapa 'Patt' denies any link to drug network
Actress rips media for 'incorrect' reporting
Actress Napapa 'Patt' Tantrakul arrives at the Narcotics Suppression Bureau to give a statement as a witness in the probe into her husband Akarakit Worarojchroendet's alleged links to money-laundering activities. (Photos by Apichit Jinakul)
Actress Napapa 'Patt' Tantrakul met police yesterday and said she had no involvement in laundering drug money and insisted all the money in her bank accounts came from her work.
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'Patt' denies any link to Lao drug network
Actress Napapa "Patt" Tantrakul insisted yesterday that she had nothing to do with her husband's alleged involvement in a drug network's money-laundering activities, saying all the money in her bank accounts came from her work.
Speaking after meeting investigators at the Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) yesterday, Napapa said she gave a statement as a witness in a money-laundering case being pursued against Akarakit "Benz Racing" Worarojchroendet, her husband.
She said she was not charged, and neither was she detained or did she have as much as 30 million baht in her bank accounts as previously reported by the media.
The money she declared yesterday to investigators was what she had earned over the past couple of years and had nothing to do with the money the officials are investigating, she said.
"I've been seeing Benz for only about a year, so don't expect me to know everything about my husband. Neither should my husband be expected to know everything about his wife," she said.
She also complained that earlier media reports about her, which she insisted were incorrect, had badly affected her, her family and the family of her husband.
She urged the media to in future check with relevant officials about the information linked to the probe against her husband before publishing anything that could be incorrect.
'Patt' meets members of the press after given her statement.
"I am wondering where the reported 30 million baht came from. I don't even have as much as that in my account and all the money I have is mine.
"Honestly, I don't even understand why I have to come here and explain all this today," she said.
Mr Akarakit is charged with money laundering and conspiracy to launder in connection with the bust of a major drug network run by Lao drug kingpin, Xaysana Keopimpha, who is now in police custody.
Pol Col Somkiat Wansiriwilai, a deputy chief of the NSB's administration division, said Napapa met and was questioned by investigators along with three other witnesses, namely Mr Akarakit's mother, the store manager of his Area 51 shop, and a mechanic working at the shop.
All four witnesses answered the questions clearly and Napapa submitted documents to prove where her money came from before she married Mr Akarakit, said Pol Col Somkiat.
Napapa told investigators she had no information regarding the Lamborghini with the Kor Jor 51 licence plate that police suspect is actually owned by the Xaysana drug network through Mr Akarakit, said Pol Col Somkiat.
The store manager, meanwhile, told investigators that he had only followed Mr Akarakit's instructions when running the shop for him, said Pol Col Somkiat.
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