Police are gathering evidence to prosecute owner of burned Mountain B nightclub in eastern Thailand
Sanook News has reported that the national police are frantically collecting evidence to charge the owner of the Mountain B nightclub in Sattahip with manslaughter for locked exits and a host of other violations.
This comes after the manager claimed the exits were unlocked at the bar where 14 people were killed and dozens injured on Thursday night.
Former immigration chief and now an adviser to the Royal Thai Police, General Sompong Chingduang, visited the scene of the tragedy and was told by investigators that the exits had indeed been closed.
The owner is charged with manslaughter, working without a permit and illegally modifying the building.
According to media reports, there are still a slew of charges in the pipeline. Civil engineers have since determined that the nightclub was not up to standards.
General Sompong said a commission of inquiry had been set up, but told in advance that he had no information that the police are involved in illegal activities related to Mountain B nightclub, but the commission will investigate.
Last Friday, the Pattaya Provincial Court issued an arrest warrant for 28-year-old Pongsiri ‘B’ Panprasong alias “Sia B”. Pongsiri later turned himself in to Plu Taluang police. B is charged with causing deaths by reckless behavior and operating a nightclub without a valid license.
Sia B, currently out of bail, will appear in court for the first time today, Monday, August 8. He spent the entire weekend in a police cell.
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