The Myanmar parents of Min Khaing Oo, who was found dead with his hands tied in the Tha Chin River in Samut Sakhon in February this year, seek help from the Crime Suppression Division on Tuesday. (Photo by Pornprom Satrabhaya

The parents of a Myanmar man who was killed and his body dumped into the Tha Chin River six months ago have sought the help of Crime Suppression Division in bringing the killer to task, saying the local police investigation is going nowhere.

Muang Thein, 50, his wife Mi Khaing and their 19-year-old son Thu, went to CSD headquarters on Tuesday to ask division chief Maitree Chimcherd for help in speeding up the investigation into the death of  their son Min Khaing Oo.

Lawyer Ronnarong Kaewphet, who accompanied them, said Min Khaing Ou‘s body was found floating in the Tha Chin River near a pier in front of Wat Theprattanaram in Ban Phaeo district, Samut Sakhon, on Feb 11 this year.  

He had an injury resembling a gunshot wound to his left ear and bruises on his body. His hands were tied.

Afterwards, a former village headman who wielded much influence in the district, accompanied by a police officer, had met with his clients and offered them 100,000 baht cash in exchange for dropping the case, Mr Ronnarong said.

The family refused. They wanted police to bring the killer to justice.

So far, there had been little progress in the case, prompting the family to turn to the CSD for help, he said.

The family was fully aware who took the life of their son, but local police had told them to come up witrh the evidence to prove it, Mr Ronnarong said.

Mr Thu said a friend of his slain elder brother had told him that he and other Myanmar friends, including Min Khaing Oo, had gone to steal kratom leaves from behind the house of a relative of the former village head.

The house owner came out and saw them. They fled, but Min Khaing Oo was caught, and his body later  found floating in the Tha Chin River, the 19-year-old brother said.

CSD police accepted the case and would forward it to Pol Maj-Gen Maitree for further consideration, Mr Ronnarong said.