Spanish Man Suspected of Murder in Thailand Arrested in Sihanoukville

A Spanish national suspected in the gruesome killing and dismemberment of a compatriot in Thailand was arrested in Siha­nouk­­ville on Sunday evening, ac­cording to police officials.

Preah Sihanouk provincial po­lice chief Chuon Narin said Ar­tur Segarra Princep, 36, was arrested at about 7 p.m. in Pi commune, add­ing that police believed the suspect had arrived in the city a few days earlier

“We received an order from the [Interior Ministry’s] general im­migration department and Gen­eral Sok Phal to arrest a suspect who was involved in a murder in Thai­land,” Major General Narin said.

“He entered Preah Sihanouk prov­ince about two to three days ago,” the police chief added, before referring further questions to Gen. Phal, the head of the immigration department.

Phol Phorsda, Sihanoukville po­lice chief, added that Mr. Segarra had been arrested at a restaurant in Pi commune, but declined to pro­vide further details, also referring questions to the immigration department.

Both Gen. Phal and department spokesman Kem Sarin declined to comment on the case.

According to The Bangkok Post, Mr. Segarra was wanted by Thai police for the murder of David Ber­nat, 40, pieces of whose dismembered body were found in Bang­kok’s Chao Phraya River over the course of several days last week.

Thai police conjectured that Da­vid Bernat was kidnapped and tortured, before being forced to transfer a large sum of cash out of his bank account and killed, The Post reported.

The report said Thai immigration officials requested assistance from their Cambodian coun­ter­parts after Mr. Segarra’s motorbike was found near the Cambo­dian border in Thailand’s Surin province.

Deputy provincial police chief Hun Sorithy said Mr. Segarra would be extradited to Thailand.

“We are preparing to send him back to Thailand through Koh Kong International Checkpoint,” Mr. Sorithy said on Monday morning.

The Associated Press reported on Monday evening that Mr. Segar­ra was in Thai custody.

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