Thai police arrest alleged arms dealer

2013-08-31 23:03

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Bangkok - Police in Thailand arrested a Thai man wanted in India for alleged involvement in international arms deals with an Indian insurgent group worth nearly $2m, authorities said on Saturday.

Wuthikorn Naruenartwanich, also known as Willy, was arrested at his home in Bangkok, said police spokesperson Charoen Sisasalak.

Willy, 57, is accused of buying weapons, including nearly 1 000 rifles and an unspecified number of rocket-propelled grenades, to be sold to Naga rebels in northeastern India, Charoen said.

During initial questioning, Willy told police that he was a restaurant owner in Bangkok and denied any involvement in arms deals, Charoen said.

Prosecutors will try to convince a judge to send Willy to India, where he's being tried in absentia.

India's national investigation agency charged Willy and three others in 2011 with criminal conspiracy to wage a war against the Indian government.

If convicted, he could face the death penalty or life imprisonment.

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