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Three suspects in alleged passport forgery/ body in freezer case ordered held by court

The three suspects in the alleged passport forgery case in which a policeman was shot and a cut up body found in a freezer have been ordered held by a Bangkok court.

body-in-a-fridge-bangkokThe Phrakhanong Provincial court ordered the two Americans and one Briton held for 12 days until October 5th.

Charged were Aaron Thomas Gabel, 33, and James Douglas Eger, 66, of the US and Peter Andrew Colter, 56, of the UK who was not in court as he is still in the Police Hospital.

They all face five charges: attempted murder of an official on duty, hiding a corpse, resisting arrest, possession of class1-2 and 5 drugs and firearms offences.

Bail was denied due to the seriousness of charges, the potential penalty and the risk of the suspects fleeing.

Commissioner of the met police Sanit Mahathavorn said that the suspects continue to issue denials as police step up evidence gathering in Soi 56, Bang Jak, Phrakhanong and other addresses used by the men in the Sukhumvit area.

Sanit said it is believed that the corpse in the large freezer found in the business premises was cut up elsewhere and brought there.

Two Burmese people – a husband and wife – are not being treated as suspects and are helping as witnesses. The Burmese maid said that she was hired for work on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week.

She said that the freezer had been at the address for four months. It was padlocked and she said that it had not been moved or opened in four months.

A blond haired man was found cut into five or six pieces stuffed in a black bin bag in the freezer. Sanit said that more details about the corpse should be available on Sunday.

The US and UK embassies have been contacted to determine if the suspects are who they say they are.

The three suspects mentioned in court were all arrested in the raid on Friday afternoon when a tourist policeman was shot. He is recovering in hospital.

It was earlier reported that one of the suspects had grabbed a gun from a safe and shop officer Kanjanaphong.

No others are being held but police said that further charges could be laid against the men if other evidence emerges.

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