Police have arrested four more suspects, including two teenagers, for allegedly gang-raping a 14-year-old girl at an internet cafe last year.
Their arrest was announced yesterday by deputy national police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul.
They come after the victim’s mother contacted various agencies and used social media to complain about a lack of progress being made on the case.
Pol Gen Srivara said investigators are handling the issue in a “fair” manner despite concern over reports that the son of a former police officer may have been involved.
He said no outside influences would derail the probe.
It is unclear how many suspects were involved in the alleged offence. However, in addition to the four detainees, police arrested another man, 24-year-old Pramuan Khanchatha, last November.
Mr Pramuan reportedly admitted involvement but the investigation continued.
According to the victim’s mother, “many suspects” gang-raped her daughter at the internet cafe at a market in Suphan Buri’s Dan Chang district.
The family was later assisted by Songkran Atchariyasap, chairman of the Network against Threats to the Nation, Religion and Monarchy, which led to the mother meeting Pol Gen Srivara.
Two of the new suspects — Sunai Bunpaen, 22, and Thananwat Kamhaengkhumphon, 21 — were escorted to the shop yesterday and made to re-enact the alleged crime in front of 50 police officers.
Security was tight as the police were afraid the suspects would be at risk from angry onlookers. The pair admitted to having sex with the victim but claimed it was consensual, police said.
All four detainees have been charged with gang-raping an underage girl, Pol Gen Srivara said.
Because of her age, the charge still stands even if she gave her consent, he added. The two teenagers were surrendered to the police by their parents, he said.
Due to their age, psychologists must be present when they are questioned, said Pol Maj Gen Somkiat Saengsinthon, deputy chief of Provincial Police Region 7, which oversees Suphan Buri.
Pol Gen Srivara said the Anti-Human Trafficking Division is seeking a warrant for the arrest of another suspect who may have orchestrated the crime by arranging for the girl to show up.