(From AFP)

The prime suspect in the murder and dismemberment of a Spanish national in Bangkok was returned to Thailand Monday after his arrest in Cambodia, police said.

Trat authorities escort Artur Segarra Princep, a Spanish murder suspect after he was handed over to Thailand
Trat authorities escort Artur Segarra Princep, a Spanish murder suspect, after Cambodia returned him to Thailand

Multiple body parts belonging to businessman David Bernat were found floating in Bangkok’s Chao Praya river in January.

Police believe he was kidnapped and murdered for financial reasons, with investigators saying they have traced more than $1 million moved from the victim’s bank account after his death.

Last week, they named their chief suspect as Artur Segarra, 36, also a Spanish national, saying they were confident he remained inside Thailand because he had recently withdrawn money from a cash machine inside the country.

But Cambodian police said Segarra was apprehended in a restaurant on Sunday in the town of Sihanoukville.

“We arrested him yesterday late afternoon,” Chuon Narin, police chief of Kampong Som province, said on Monday.

 Earlier, Segarra’s Thai girlfriend was quoted by Thai media saying he fled Bangkok after seeing his picture on Thai television linked to Bernat’s murder. Read More

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