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Phoenix Boat Tragedy: More nominees, involved in the company that ‘owned’ the Phoenix, have been arrested and charged.


Financial records show that the money from the stricken vessel’s operations was being transferred to a Chinese owner.

A press conference was held on Monday at Phuket Provincial Police Station, led by the deputy commissioner-general of the Royal Thai Police, General Rungroj Saengkram, the deputy chief of the Tourist Police Bureau, Maj-General Surachate Hakparn, and others.

Rungroj said: “The TC Blue Company Limited is the owner of the Phoenix, which records show has three shareholders – Ms Woraluck ‘Yui’ Rueakchaiyakarn [now in Phuket Provincial Prison], 31-year-old Jakkapan Rueakchaiyakan and 50-year-old Yindee Rueakchaitakarn. Woraluck is the main person who has authority for the running of the company.”

Surachate said: “We have evidence that shows how the money was being transferred to a real Chinese owner. The Phuket Provincial Court has issued four arrested warrants: Worraluck, who is a Thai nominee, Chinese man Lei Hou, who has provided most of the capital, the real company owner, Yindee, and Jakkapan. They have been charged with secretly setting up a shell company for a foreign business [tour business].”

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